It's customary to see a copy of a bible in your hotel room.
placed by the Gideons, but others may be placed there by other
The idea is that guests have reading material which they can
use for prayer and reflection, or just as something to read, even if
they aren't believers.
However, the amenity is proving too much for some atheists who demanded the Bible be removed from the campus's rooms.
Freedom From Religion Foundation complained to the University of
Wisconsin that the placement of the Bibles constituted an endorsement of
Although the obvious answers might be, "So what?"
or merely, "So?" the university bent backwards to placate the atheist
group which is infamous for bringing lawsuits against any type of
Christian display that could possibly be construed as a government
Instead, only atheism should reign in government spaces as the activity of the group suggests.
FFRF sent a letter to the university asking them to remove the Bible
and the University replied on Nov. 25 in a letter from Bill Mann,
director of the University of Wisconsin-Extension's conference centers.
"We reviewed the concern raised about the placement of Bibles in our
guest rooms and decided to remove them. We want to make sure all guests
are comfortable in our lodging," he wrote in a statement.
It should not be surprising however, since public universities have long been bastions of atheism.
Fortunately, the FFRF attorney acknowledged that at least private hotels have the right to place Bibles in their rooms.
The FFRF continues to pursue cases where it feels the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution has been violated.