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Another Atheist whining about bibles....

Posted by on May. 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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An atheist in Georgia is launching an assault on the presence of Bibles in a state-run vacation lodge. Ed Buckner, an author and the former head of American Atheists, an organization devoted to church-state separatism, apparently complained last month after he found Gideon Bibles at a lodge he rented in North Georgia.

While Buckner, 67, believes that the presence of the holy books represents a violation of the separation of church and state, some politicians, including Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, disagree with this assessment, Reuters reports.

After his stay at the lodge, Buckner complained and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources then reportedly removed the books from cabins and rooms at state parks while the issue was being reviewed. However, Deal ordered that the Bibles be returned — an action that is sure to draw the ire of atheist activists.

In fact, Buckner is considering a lawsuit and is calling the scenario “outrageous.” It isn’t uncommon for activists to take to the courts, as TheBlaze has repeatedly highlighted, to make their grievances heard.

“I can very much imagine this turning into a lawsuit,” he said, according to Reuters. “It’s outrageous that anybody thinks this is acceptable.”

In a statement, though, Deal noted that he and the state’s attorney general, Sam Olens, are in agreement that the return and general inclusion of the Bibles is permissible.

“These Bibles are donated by outside groups, not paid for by the state, and I do not believe that a Bible in a bedside table drawer constitutes a state establishment of religion,” the governor said. “In fact, any group is free to donate literature.”

A Gideons spokesperson told Reuters that the organization, which is said to have donated billions of Bibles since its inception, has not yet seen the presence of their books challenged in other states. As for the governor’s pledge to allow other literature, atheist activists may end up taking him up on that offer, as they have taken similar stances and actions in the past.

(H/T: Reuters)


by on May. 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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IhartU
by Gold Member on May. 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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 Another Christian whining about Atheists whining... stick out tongue mini

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on May. 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM
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As long as the state isn't paying for them, I personally don't see the problem, although I do understand the issue. As long as the lodge is amenable to other groups donating material, of course, and displaying it the same way.
Shoota
by Lauren on May. 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM
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Why are people always bashing on Christians...oh no wait, its the other way around.

Shoota
by Lauren on May. 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Honestly, I dont care one way or the other. As long as its not coming out of my taxes.

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on May. 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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 Gosh, he is lucky he didn't get converted to the Catholic, Baptist, Church of Christ or Assembly of God.....umm..whatever church that book established...

I just can't seem to understand why people get so worked up about something they don't believe in....something they see as a myth.  I don't believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny...but I let my kids enjoy them.

Besides all of this..the books were donated and the policy is to allow other donations as well.

...on a side note...do you think this guy goes nuts when he stays in a hotel?

Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on May. 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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Hmm. I wonder if the state-run lodges would carry the Koran? What about the Bhagavad Gita? the Torah?
Do you think people would complain about them? Why or why not?

romalove
by Roma on May. 16, 2013 at 2:33 PM
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Quoting Seasidegirl:

Hmm. I wonder if the state-run lodges would carry the Koran? What about the Bhagavad Gita? the Torah?
Do you think people would complain about them? Why or why not?

The article says that "any group is free to donate literature".

I think every group should.

I envision a day where you will need two rooms, one for your bedroom, and one for the literature being stuffed there for your entertainment.

Oh, the joys of freedom....

ashleyrenee24
by Ashley on May. 16, 2013 at 2:35 PM

So that's what some of my facebook friends were whining about.

Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on May. 16, 2013 at 2:36 PM

 

Right. But I wonder how people would feel entering lodges with all of that material.

The "problem" with some Christians is the evangelicals feeling like they know THE ONLY way and devoting their lives to recruiting...errr...I mean saving.

Quoting romalove:


Quoting Seasidegirl:

Hmm. I wonder if the state-run lodges would carry the Koran? What about the Bhagavad Gita? the Torah?
Do you think people would complain about them? Why or why not?

The article says that "any group is free to donate literature".

I think every group should.

I envision a day where you will need two rooms, one for your bedroom, and one for the literature being stuffed there for your entertainment.

Oh, the joys of freedom....


 

T-HoneyLuv
by on May. 16, 2013 at 2:44 PM
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Its nice to see that man doesnt have any REAL problems that need to be addressed. * eyeroll *
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