Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but it can erode credibility, particularly if the imitators are old enough to know better. â€śThe cleric who wants to build a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero claims that ideas from his book were incorporated into President Obamaâ€™s landmark Cairo address to the Muslim world last year by one of the drafters of the speech,â€ť Patrick Goodenough reported on CNSNews.com. â€śFeisal Abdul Rauf made the remarks during two media interviews in Egypt last February.â€ť
â€śI am not going to hide from you that one of those who participated in writing the speech transferred parts of my book A New Vision for Muslims and the West, which he referred to U.S. interests converging with the best interests of the Muslim world,â€ť Rauf said.
Meanwhile, â€śA recent study published by Michigan State University’s Education Policy Center appears to contain a significant amount of plagiarized material,â€ť Michael Van Beek of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy reports. The author of the study, Sharif M. Shakrani, is a professor at MSU.
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.
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