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Do you support or object to Bibles in hotel rooms?

I support it
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I object
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I have no opinion
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I support it but there should be other religious books too.
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Bibles in Hotel Rooms

Postby San Lumen » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:30 pm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business ... abf1daa32e

In many hotel rooms in the United States and increasingly in other countries one will often come across a Bible in the nightstand by the bed.

For those who are unaware the Bible was more than likely placed there by the Gideon organization a religious group founded in 1898 in consisting of traveling Christian businessmen in Boscobel, Wisconsin. In 1908 they starting placing Bibles in hotel rooms the first being the Superior Hotel in Superior, Montana.. The reason for the project was they saw it as gracious act towards a follow traveler and to provide Bibles to those who need it.

Whenever a new hotel is opened the Gideons present the hotel with enough Bibles for each room in the hotel. The Bibles are payed for by churches and organizations that support their mission

In recent years though some hotels have stopped placing Bibles in their rooms which is their right but others have started doing it in more brands such as Starwood of the brand's of Marriott the worlds largest hotel chain.

There has also been some objection by atheist groups claiming its forcing a religion or violates the first amendment which i fail to see how.

A growing trend is one can also find other religious books in hotel rooms such as Quran, Book of Mormon or the Torah.

I have no problem with their being religious books in a hotel room. In fact I often look to see if their is a Bible in the nightstand when I stay at a hotel. To those who have an issue my response is no one is making you read it but its there for people who need it which is the purpose of the Gideon Association

What's your take on this NSG and the work of the Gideon Association?
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Postby El-Amin Caliphate » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:32 pm

Personally I'd like it if Qur'ans were in hotels as well as Bibles.
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Postby San Lumen » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:32 pm

El-Amin Caliphate wrote:Personally I'd like it if Qur'ans were in hotels as well as Bibles.

There are some groups that do that.

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Postby Vassenor » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:32 pm

Wait this is still a thing?
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Postby LiberNovusAmericae » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:33 pm

I'm an atheist, and I really don't care if a bible is left in my room. I just won't read it.
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Postby El-Amin Caliphate » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:33 pm

San Lumen wrote:
El-Amin Caliphate wrote:Personally I'd like it if Qur'ans were in hotels as well as Bibles.

There are some groups that do that.

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Postby San Lumen » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:33 pm

Vassenor wrote:Wait this is still a thing?

Yes it is. Marriott recently started doing it in some of their newly acquired brands such as Starwood.

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Postby Inkopolitia » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:35 pm

LiberNovusAmericae wrote:I'm an atheist, and I really don't care if a bible is left in my room. I just won't read it.

This. It's frankly childish to be bothered by a bible.
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Postby The Greater Ohio Valley » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:35 pm

Having bibles in hotel rooms is kinda weird tbh.
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Postby The Blaatschapen » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:36 pm

This is not a regular thing around Europe.

I've had it once or twice. I go to the reception and say that they should clean better because the previous guest left their book in my room.

And when they try to explain it to me, I just nod and go, no no no, here you go.

And then go back to my regular schedule :)
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Postby San Lumen » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:37 pm

The Greater Ohio Valley wrote:Having bibles in hotel rooms is kinda weird tbh.

Why is it weird?

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Postby San Lumen » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:37 pm

The Blaatschapen wrote:This is not a regular thing around Europe.

I've had it once or twice. I go to the reception and say that they should clean better because the previous guest left their book in my room.

And when they try to explain it to me, I just nod and go, no no no, here you go.

And then go back to my regular schedule :)

Why not just leave in the room?
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Postby Spearos » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:38 pm

I see no problem, the solution is simple. If you don't like it, don't read it.

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Postby Kowani » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:39 pm

San Lumen wrote:
The Blaatschapen wrote:This is not a regular thing around Europe.

I've had it once or twice. I go to the reception and say that they should clean better because the previous guest left their book in my room.

And when they try to explain it to me, I just nod and go, no no no, here you go.

And then go back to my regular schedule :)

Why not just leave in the room?

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Postby The Blaatschapen » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:40 pm

San Lumen wrote:
The Blaatschapen wrote:This is not a regular thing around Europe.

I've had it once or twice. I go to the reception and say that they should clean better because the previous guest left their book in my room.

And when they try to explain it to me, I just nod and go, no no no, here you go.

And then go back to my regular schedule :)

Why not just leave in the room?


Because it could actually be the previous guest's :)

Like I said, not a thing around Europe. Maybe once every three years I encounter this. Thus I err on the side of previous guest.
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Postby Inkopolitia » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:40 pm

Kowani wrote:
San Lumen wrote:Why not just leave in the room?

Not everyone is Christian.

And why get bothered by it? It's just a book. It's not going to grow legs and arms and beat you to death just because you're not a Christian. Leave it alone.
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Postby San Lumen » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:40 pm

Kowani wrote:
San Lumen wrote:Why not just leave in the room?

Not everyone is Christian.

so? Im Jewish and it doesn't bother me one bit.
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Postby Andsed » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:41 pm

I have no problem with it. I mean honestly what exactly is the problem with a holy book in a hotel room?
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Postby The Greater Ohio Valley » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:41 pm

San Lumen wrote:
The Greater Ohio Valley wrote:Having bibles in hotel rooms is kinda weird tbh.

Why is it weird?

To me, it just is, it’s weird to me how out of all things generally found in a hotel room a religious text is tucked away in a drawer.
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Postby Geneviev » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:41 pm

I think it's a good idea, especially as someone who doesn't always remember to bring my Bible with me. If someone doesn't want to have the Bible in their room, they don't have to read it. Other religious books should also be in hotel rooms, too.
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Postby San Lumen » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:41 pm

The Greater Ohio Valley wrote:
San Lumen wrote:Why is it weird?

To me, it just is, it’s weird to me how out of all things generally found in a hotel room a religious text is tucked away in a drawer.

Like I said in the OP it was more than likely donated by the Gideon Association.

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Postby Imbalistan » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:43 pm

Don't care, I don't think it should be done, but if it is, don't give a shiiiishka kabob about it.
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Postby San Lumen » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:43 pm

Imbalistan wrote:Don't care, I don't think it should be done, but if it is, don't give a shiiiishka kabob about it.

Why shouldnt it be done?

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Postby The Huskar Social Union » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:44 pm

Im an atheist, ill never read it and just leave it there so wont really give a fuck if its there or not.
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Postby Imbalistan » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:45 pm

San Lumen wrote:
Imbalistan wrote:Don't care, I don't think it should be done, but if it is, don't give a shiiiishka kabob about it.

Why shouldnt it be done?

It can be seen as "ignorant" to some people and can cause a big commotion. Not a big deal to me.
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