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Another Atheist whining about bibles....

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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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jehosoba84
by Jenn on May. 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM
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Quoting mikiemom:

Aother bigoted christian pissed because they aren't allowed to force their religion down peoples throats. Why can't you be satisfied with having your bibles at home why do they have to be in public places?

 A book in a drawer is 'shoving it down people's throats'? How?

It is charitable of them to donate the books.  Anyone of any faith can donate books for the rooms. I as a christian have never even been in the presence of the Koran, so I'd be intrigued if I saw one.

If the books are not paid for by the state, then this guy has no valid complaint.

Billiejeens
by on May. 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM

 

I wouldn't complain if I found the Koran, I would just flush it.

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?


 

Momtoela
by on May. 16, 2013 at 3:41 PM

:-/ 

etsmom
by Bronze Member on May. 16, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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Seems he would have bigger issues than a bible at that point. He might need a priest then.  :O


Quoting tnmomofive:

They say his head did a 360 and vomitted pea soup.

Quoting etsmom:

I just want to know how this personally effects him? Did he walk into that room and start searching for the bible and then when he found it he was deeply offended by it's presence?  Was he violated by the book? I mean after all, it is just a book until a person gives it power by believing in it. Did it climb out of the drawer and convert him?





Speak Softly and Sweetly; Later You May Have To Eat Your Own Words
Billiejeens
by on May. 16, 2013 at 3:41 PM

 


Quoting yourspecialkid:

 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?

I think he starts out nuts.

 

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on May. 16, 2013 at 3:42 PM

 

But you shouldn't have to do that, if you wanted to read the bible I'm sure you would seek one out.

Quoting tnmomofive:

 

Whenever I have seen any bibles at a hotel they are always shoved in a bedside drawer.That is such a big threat.Shoved in a drawer out of site not down my throat.

Quoting mikiemom:

Aother bigoted christian pissed because they aren't allowed to force their religion down peoples throats. Why can't you be satisfied with having your bibles at home why do they have to be in public places?

 

 


 

etsmom
by Bronze Member on May. 16, 2013 at 3:43 PM
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YIKES!!  LMBO


Quoting T-HoneyLuv:

The visual I am picturing of him being violated by a book is hilarious... Lol.


Quoting etsmom:

I just want to know how this personally effects him? Did he walk into that room and start searching for the bible and then when he found it he was deeply offended by it's presence?  Was he violated by the book? I mean after all, it is just a book until a person gives it power by believing in it. Did it climb out of the drawer and convert him?




Speak Softly and Sweetly; Later You May Have To Eat Your Own Words
rfurlongg
by on May. 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM
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Extremism on either end is just extremism. It hurts a cause and encourages the other extreme. It is always destructive.
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talia-mom
by Gold Member on May. 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM
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Apparently you have to read the book if it is the drawer because there is no way a person could avoid reading it

Quoting jehosoba84:

 

Quoting mikiemom:

Aother bigoted christian pissed because they aren't allowed to force their religion down peoples throats. Why can't you be satisfied with having your bibles at home why do they have to be in public places?

 A book in a drawer is 'shoving it down people's throats'? How?

It is charitable of them to donate the books.  Anyone of any faith can donate books for the rooms. I as a christian have never even been in the presence of the Koran, so I'd be intrigued if I saw one.

If the books are not paid for by the state, then this guy has no valid complaint.



Billiejeens
by on May. 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM

 

Any chance you all will catch on at some pont?

Quoting romalove:

Damned atheists just don't know they are supposed to sit there and shut up and allow religious literature everywhere including in state sponsored accommodations.

Tsk tsk tsk


 

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