Deal orders Bibles back in state park lodges

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 7:41 AM
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ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday ordered the Department of Natural Resources to return Bibles that were removed from cabins and lodges at state parks after a guest complained about them.

In a statement Wednesday, Deal said the state isn’t violating any laws by having the Bibles in the cabins and lodge rooms because they weren’t paid for with state money and have been donated by outside groups.

The Bibles were removed after a guest expressed concerns. Department of Natural Resources management instructed staffers to remove the Bibles from the rooms while the issue was under investigation.

“Our commissioner took that as a pre-emptive effort to try to avoid litigation,” Deal said, adding that he consulted with the state attorney general before ordering the Bibles to be placed back in the cabins and lodges.

Deal says he does not believe Bibles being placed in bedside drawers is a state establishment of religion. The governor says any religious group is welcome to donate literature.

Representatives from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation spoke out against Deal’s decision to return the Bibles.

In a statement, Elizabeth Cavell, the organization’s staff attorney, contended that guests could bring their own Bibles and that having them placed in the rooms alienates non-Christian park visitors.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/16/13 - 05:19 pm
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Common sense?

"but what in this story indicates that the person who objected to Bible's being placed in state facilities was not a Christian? As much as I hate to quote HA ... uhhuhrr (clearing throat) ... Evidence ??"

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itsanotherday1 05/16/13 - 05:27 pm
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"So any book purchased by an

"So any book purchased by an outside group and requested to be placed in the lodges goes in? This could be fun."

And watch many of the so called tolerant Christians squeal when they do. I will tip my hat to those who genuinely welcome the literature on paganism, witchcraft, satanism, the Koran, and every other non-Christian religious propaganda.

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KSL 05/16/13 - 10:38 pm
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By all means, have the Muslim

By all means, have the Muslim Brotherhood in America place Korans in the drawers. I am certain they won't do that for fear guests will bring back to their rooms pieces of bacon to rub all over the book. I would not it, but they have irritated a number of Americans, what is left of us.

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KSL 05/16/13 - 10:49 pm
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The latest in Dearborn, MI

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KSL 05/16/13 - 10:59 pm
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Go ahead and tip your hat to me

I read the books of most all of the major religions of the world when I was in college. Every religion except that of Islam was a region of peace. Just ask the Iberian peninsula.

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