Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bibles "Hidden Behind Registration Counter"

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An atheist checked into a hotel the other day and found themselves gripped by fear---and indignation.

Yes, they have filed a complaint. And may file a lawsuit.

"We atheists and agnostics do not appreciate paying high prices for lodging, only to find Gideon Bibles in our hotel rooms, sometimes prominently displayed, knowing they contain instructions, for instance, to kill 'infidels' and 'blasphemers', among other primitive and dangerous teachings," says Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) co-president Dan Barker.

The hotel, or lodge, is owned by the University of Wisconsin. The Bibles had been given to the hotel by the Gideons, whose mission is to give away Bibles.

The Bibles have now been removed, but the University and the atheists may have a problem with this particular prohibition.


The FFRF attorney has also said, "As you may know, the mission of the Gideons is to 'win the lost to Christ'. The Gideons' efforts to proselytize have frequently brought about conflict with non-religious persons from minority faiths."

FFRF Co-President Dan Barker would know a great deal about the wonderful work of the Gideons. Barker himself was an evangelical minister before deciding he was an atheist.

The complaint says the offended lodge guest "encountered" a Bible in their room.

Todd Starnes with Fox News says, "Oh horror! The unidentified guest was apparently terrified by the presence of the Holy Bible and with trembling fingers contacted FFRF."

Starnes says, "It's quite astonishing that a group of educated individuals are so frightened by the Good Book. There's really nothing to be afraid of. There have been no confirmed reports of conversions through osmosis. It's not like the atheists and agnostics are going to spontaneously combust upon reading the book of John."

Well, you say, if the hotel or lodge is owned by the University of Wisconsin, then the Bibles must be removed---separation of church and state. Right?

Wrong.

Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute, told Starnes the University is actually engaging in "unlawful viewpoint discrimination and demonstrating complete hostility toward religious freedom."

He says, "They are treating the Bible like it is contraband. The law is clear, once the university allowed the Gideons to place the Bibles, the University cannot now ban the Bibles because of their religious message."

So where are the Bibles now? Did they dispose of them---incinerate them?

Starnes asked the University what they did with them. They told him they are "hidden behind the hotel's registration counter."

I suppose that could be considered the ultimate act of hiding your "light" under a bushel. But this scheme to snuff out the light may well run into some legal challenges.

Clearly these folks do not represent more than a very, very small segment of our society. However, they are continuing to demand, with results, the removal of Bibles and any other Christian symbols and references from any and all properties considered "government property."

Oh how we've "evolved."

George Washington felt the Bible was so important to the future success and prosperity of this nation he placed his hand on the Bible when he was sworn in as the first President of the United States.

He also said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."

I suspect that statement would terrify an atheist.

Noah Webster, considered by most to be the father of what we know as public education, also felt the Bible shouldn't be hidden behind the registration counter. He said, "Education is useless without the Bible."

President Harry Truman, a Democrat, said, "The fundamental basis of our nation's laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and Saint Matthew, from Isaiah and Saint Paul. I don't think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don't have a proper fundamental moral background, we will end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for any body except the State."

What are we thinking?

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Pro-Active. Be Blessed.

6 comments:

  1. "will end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for any body except the State"... Let's listen to the State of the Union address today and see where we are at, and where we are going.

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  2. Had the same situation right here in Washington this last year at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lynnwood. When I went to find the Bible in the drawer it was no where to be seen. I called the front desk to inquire and was told that in keeping with Hilton branding the Bibles had been removed from the rooms but that they would be happy to deliver one to me. As a Gold Hilton member I had never seen this before, so I asked to speak to the manager. He said that it was not his responsibility and deferred me back to the housekeeping manager. She told me that it was her decision and that she was protecting the Bibles from children writing in them! When I told her that the Bibles were supplied at no charge by the Gideons, and that they are happy to replace Bibles when they are damaged, she insisted that they would be available on request but not in the rooms. Two employees who had witnessed my conversations came up to me independently, thanking me for speaking up and being gracious about it. I have contacted Hilton corporate and they have responded with fairly generic messages about valued customers and all that. The point being, this is happening here in our state, and if we all graciously complain and make our voices heard, we will make a difference. I have let Hilton know that I am moving my business to another chain.

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    1. Hilton can't afford to chase away all the Christians. Their high margin porn revenue would drop to zero.

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  3. I suspect a lawsuit would be laughed out of court. As Starnes pointed out, nobody has suffered any actual harm from being in proximity to the Bibles.

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  4. I hope the judges have the sense to tell the Atheists that they should take their burden to the cross instead of putting in on the backs of everyone else, because it simply isn't fair.

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  5. Every Atheist has the right to practice their religion unhindered even if there are Bibles all around them.

    Such activities might include :
    1. Ignoring them.
    2. Pretending God doesn't exist.
    3. Denial of truth.
    4. Choosing not to hear.
    5. Deciding not to see the things God has done for his glory and our salvation.
    6. Even deciding not to take a breath of fresh air, that they might not feel his great love for us.

    Yes, they may freely practice their beliefs even with Bibles in every hotel room.

    The real problem as I see it is the hotel managers and such that would give into anything they want.

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