Due to the selfless acts of organizations like The Gideons International, countless hotel guests have found salvation or comfort via Holy Bibles placed in rooms across the nation and beyond. While not displayed prominently, these Christian texts can be reliably found in the nightstand drawer of rooms from the most inexpensive to the most opulent accommodations imaginable.
In today’s overly sensitive, politically correct climate, however, it takes just one complaint to derail a program that has served as an inspiration to individuals from all walks of life.
Such was the case in the Hotel Memorial Union at Iowa State University. According to reports, a recent guest complained to the radical secularist group Freedom From Religion Foundation, which in turn demanded the hotel remove all bibles from guest rooms.
This organization, which often uses legal intimidation in its effort to remove any semblance of Christianity from public life, pressured the school to remove the books one guest reportedly described as “unwelcome religious propaganda in the bedside table.”
Management capitulated, stating the books will no longer be conveniently accessible as of March 1. Reports indicate at least some of the bibles may be moved to the hotel library. Of course, that means a guest struggling with an issue – or simply wishing to engage in God’s Word – must now take a number of deliberate steps instead of finding a bible during his or her time of need.
In fact, if an individual wishes to obtain a bible after the library is closed, a staff member with an appropriate key must unlock the door before a search for the book can even begin.
Obviously, the vast majority of hotel guests are not offended by the presence of guest bibles. Referring to the almost expected amenity as an endorsement of a particular faith is astoundingly disingenuous.
According to the FFRF’s skewed interpretation of the First Amendment, however, a public university hotel room even containing such reading material represents the illegal endorsement of a particular religion.
A number of ISU students spoke out against the decision – and the humanist pressure behind it.
“I’d tell them it’s 2014,” said one freshman who reportedly isn’t an avid bible reader, “and there are a lot bigger issues on the table than to complain about a book with 400 pages being in your nightstand.”
–B. Christopher Agee
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