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Here’s this week’s moral dilemma:

You’re walking along minding your own business, when you spot a couple in a clinch. You don’t think too much of it, until you notice that the man looks familiar. Upon closer inspection, you realise that it’s Brad Pitt sucking face with somebody who clearly isn’t Angelina. You decide to take a photograph of the couple with your camera phone.

What do you do? Do you go to the papers with the photo as proof, knowing that they could potentially fetch you millions, even though you’ll be breaking up a family, or do you just keep the photographs to yourself and say nothing?

What would you do? *g*

For those who just got here (hello, new peeps!) I have blathered on about plagiarism before, here and here (and those two links are chock-full of links, it’s a treasure trove of links, I tell you)

Being late on my blog hopping this week (sue me) I just saw this post over at Dear Author, linking to the latest plagiarism scandal: a Christian author copied an essay by another Christian author. (And hey, it seems our most beloved SmartBitches found about it too.)

The funniest bit? The plagiarist added a bit about how vividly he remembered the incident that happened to the actual author of the essay. Incredible memory, indeed.

Or perhaps the most bitter of ironies is that the rabid fangrrrrllls and fanbweeees are not only defending the plagiarist, but claim that the actual author should feel flattered that such a celebrity had deigned stealing her work. (I can almost hear the steam coming out of Shiloh Walker‘s ears over such nerve.)

I’m having a cynic moment here–it’s Christians like this one and his fans who give such a bad name to other Christians.

As Ms Chand said over this bit of thievery and the subsequent lack of honest repentance:

“Has the man who writes best-selling books about his ‘Conversations With God’ also heard God’s commandments? ‘Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not lie, and thou shalt not covet another author’s property’?”

(Attentive readers may have noticed that I didn’t name the plagiarist–I don’t care to give him more exposure; follow the links if you are curious)