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ngier at uidaho.edu
Mon Aug 16 12:10:24 PDT 2004
When students are caught plagiarizing, they do not get a second
chance. According to UI policy and according to faculty discretion, they
may fail the entire course.
But Wilson's booklet is different. He has presumably made a profit on each
copy sold since 1996. That means that W. W. Norton, who hold the copyright
on "Time on the Cross," could sue Wilson and Wilkins for copyright
Wilson should have known that Wilkins was accused of plagiarism by a
history student in his congregation. Over the years Wilson and Wilkins
have also been asked by conservative Presbyterians to withdraw the booklet
from publication. Their charge is not plagiarism; rather, it is shoddy
scholarship that can't be changed by correcting the citation.
Professor R. T. McKenzie strongly implied in the Daily News article that
the booklet could not be saved. And how can the authors of "Time on the
Cross" be sure that Wilson will not "misuse" their book once again? Only a
restraining order will stop him.
Wilson claims that he still stands by the thesis of the booklet, but that's
precisely the problem: the thesis is untenable and offensive to the sons
and daughters of slaves who still struggle against racism, implicit or
explicit. So, Ted, it is a very big deal.
And by the way, Wilson has not apologized to the women, blacks, gays, and
lesbians whom he has insulted over the years.
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