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April 2014

Two university-run hotels in the US have been persuaded by an atheist group to remove Gideon Bibles from guest rooms.

Following complaints from the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), hotel rooms run by Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin will no longer feature Gideon Bibles.

The FFRF had been pressurising the University of Wisconsin since the 1980s to remove the Bibles.

As reported by UK Christian advocacy organisation the Christian Institute (CI), the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has questioned the decision, claiming that the universities may be guilty of having shown hostility by acceding to the FFRF’s demands.

In a statement, Dan Barker, co-president of the FFRF, said, ‘We atheists and agnostics do not appreciate paying high prices for lodging, only to find Gideon Bibles in our hotel rooms’.

However, as quoted by the CI, the ADF sent a letter to the universities, in which it said the US constitution did not require universities ‘to purge something from campus just because it happens to be religious’.

The letter added: ‘Universities should not allow themselves to be browbeaten into taking unnecessary and potentially unconstitutional actions’.

 

 

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