Group thinks "obnoxious" Gideon Bibles should be removed
By Teresa Leneave
An atheist group, Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), has called for the removal of 'obnoxious' Gideon Bibles from state-run hotel rooms. It seems an atheist couple stayed in a state-run hotel in DeKalb, Illinois and felt nonreligious guests should not have to be proselytized in the privacy of their own bedrooms.
Does that mean a brochure advertising tantalizing, unhealthy, meals should be removed from hotel rooms because eating that food may cause obesity or heart problems?
How can a closed Bible, in a closed drawer, be proselytizing anyone? It's no different than a travel or restaurant guide being in the room. No one is expected to look at the Bible or the restaurant guide, it's just there if you do want to. It's a service provided to hotel guests and certainly does not mean the hotel "is sending a message" that the hotel guests should read it.
The FFRF GROUP claims that the mere presence of the Bible in a state-run is inappropriate and unconstitutional. But, why is no one standing up to fight against porn movies that are available in the same rooms? Or, what about a mini bar stocked with alcohol? That's obnoxious and offensive to some religious and non-religious guests. To please everyone, take everything but the bed from the room. Then, no one is offended. Oh, wait, if they did that someone would be offended by the color of the curtains. That sounds silly, but it's about to get that bad.
I hope it never stops: that is, Gideon's putting Bibles in hotel rooms. It doesn't matter if you're in a cheap hotel or an expensive five-star hotel, one of the most heart-warming American traditions is the Gideon Bible that is tucked in a drawer. Even if it's never opened, it's simply a tradition. For 107 years Gideon Bibles have been placed, free of charge, in hotel and motel rooms. They were first placed in hotel rooms in 1908. After 107 years, it's still free. That in itself is a miracle!
Gideon Bibles are a free service to hotel guests just like the restaurant guide, the savory and not-so-savory television programs and the fancy soaps and shampoo. Use them if you want. Ignore them if you want. But, how can just being in the room with any of those items hurt anyone?
Apparently, Northern Illinois University quickly removed all Bibles from the Student Center Hotel after receiving the letter from FFRF. According to an article by Stoyan Zaimov in The Christian Post, The American Center for Law and Justice said it plans to stand up to the FFRF organization.
Here is something to think about: All the non-religious groups stand up for what they believe in. If we believe Bibles are an appropriate guest service, shouldn't Christians write letters to keep them in the hotels? Or, will we sit quietly by like we did when prayer was removed from schools?