The placement of Bibles in publicly owned hotel rooms has come under attack in recent years, with the most recent battle unfolding at two inns owned by Penn State University.
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The public institution removed Bibles this summer from rooms at the Nittany Lion Inn and Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania, following a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist activist group, according to the Christian Post.
But the university is making it known that the Gideon Bibles, while no longer in rooms, are still available upon request in public areas and libraries.
"The Bibles have not been removed from our hotels. The decision to make Bibles and other publications available in our libraries and other public access areas was made in mid-summer," Lisa M. Powers, director of the college's office of strategic communications, told the Post. "There are still Gideon Bibles at our facilities and they have been there for decades."
The clarification came after the Freedom From Religion Foundation put out a statement last Thursday claiming victory after sending a letter in June to Penn State University accusing the college of being "unconstitutionally entangled … with a religious message" and asking that the Bibles be removed.
"No nonreligious hotel guests should have to pay high prices to be proselytized in the privacy of their own bedrooms," Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the atheist group, said in a statement. "The Bible calls for killing nonbelievers, apostates, gays, ‘stubborn sons,’ and women who are not virgins on their wedding nights."
She continued, "What is obnoxious in a private hotel, however, becomes inappropriate and unconstitutional in state-run lodgings."
As TheBlaze previously reported, the Freedom From Religion Foundation previously encouraged two other universities — the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University — to remove Bibles from hotel rooms as well.
(H/T: Friendly Atheist)
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