Iowa State removing Bibles from hotel guest rooms

2014-02-17T06:46:00Z Iowa State removing Bibles from hotel guest rooms Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
February 17, 2014 6:46 am

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Bibles will be removed from guest rooms at Iowa State University's Hotel Memorial Union in Ames.

A guest had complained to a watchdog group, Freedom From Religion Foundation. The organization wrote to Memorial Union director Richard Reynolds on Jan. 29, asking for the Bibles to be removed. The group's attorney, Patrick Elliott, said that for a state-run university to provide a Bible to guests, "that policy facilitates illegal endorsement of Christianity over other religions and over nonreligion."

Reynolds responded last week and said the Bibles would be removed by March 1.

The hotel occupies several floors in the Memorial Union and has 52 rooms. The Bibles will be placed in the Memorial Union's Browsing Library for lending.

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(3) Comments

  1. Axolotl
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    Axolotl - February 17, 2014 12:09 pm
    Pizza ≠ Spaghetti Monster et al.
  2. Scout
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    Scout - February 17, 2014 12:07 pm
    Where in the Constitution does it state that Congress shall make no law establishing a preference for pizza joints or TV stations?
  3. dm1
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    dm1 - February 17, 2014 9:45 am
    And the last time I was in a hotel there was a coupon for Papa Murphy's Pizza--is that an illegal endorsement over Pizza Hut? And there was a brochure for HBO--is that an illegal endorsement over The Movie Channel? If there is something in your room you don't like, just put it in the drawer and ignore it.
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