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What are some facts about the Neale Donald Walsch fraud?

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In 2009, author Neale Donald Walsch posted an essay on the website Beliefnet.com about his son's Christmas pageant, but the essay was practically identical to a story published by Cindy Chand in the magazine Clarity 10 years before. Cindy Chand's story was published in the book "Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul" and copyrighted in 2003.

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In the essay Neale Donald Walsch published, he claimed to have been watching the Christmas pageant of his son's kindergarten class when he was moved by the simple mistake of a small child. The children were each holding the letters of a sign meant to read "Christmas Love," but a girl had inverted the "m" in Christmas to a "w," causing the sign to read "Christ Was Love."

Neale Donald Walsch made a statement that his publication of the story was a mistake, and he apologized to Cindy Chand and his readers. He stated, "Finding it utterly charming and its message indelible, I must have clipped and pasted it into my file of 'stories to tell that have a message I want to share.'" He claimed to have told the story so many times that he memorized it and mistakenly internalized it as his own experience.

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