Maxim Plagiarism Criticism A Double Standard
19/10/2005 1:21:09 p.m.
Garnet Milne PhD.
Different standards apply. The signing of someone else’s work can be described as plagiarism. Patently that this has taken place in the Maxim foundation is a great pity because their very useful work will carry a stigma for some time. Bruce Logan has quite rightly apologised for his carelessness in using the wording of others in some of his newspaper columns. Plagiarism is indeed a moral failing. Nonetheless, without in anyway excusing immorality in any of its forms, I note with interest the different standards that are applied to professed Christians by the secular media and individual non-Christian commentators.
We have in our present government people convicted of various crimes, people living in all kinds of immoral relationships and a Prime Minister who thought it ok to sign the paintings of others. In spite of her antics she and her party are voted back into a third term on the Treasury benches, even if they have to move to squeeze in Winston and Peter (these two are quite hilarious and should merge and form a new party called FUNZ).
The reason that the foibles of the atheist are forgiven and the failings of the Christian are held up for all to see is really quite simple. A godless society cannot bear being told that they are godless and therefore immoral. Their own immorality is mutually forgiven, but they will not forgive others their trespasses if those others happen to criticise their immoral life-styles. One does not expect the media to do anything but lampoon Maxim and Logan as long as they can maintain interest for their readers, listeners or viewers. A better story would be to look at the moral failings of those in government and for the media to ask whether these assorted offenders are really qualified to lead anyone.