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Old 07-11-2017, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Why do hotels still do this? Not all, but a lot. Who pays for these. Seems so odd to me. Who is Gideon anyway
Why would they stop unless their mission has changed? You think people no longer look for bibles in their rooms?

Is it a problem for you? Just don't open the nightstand - whatever you put away in there you'll likely forget to pack anyway when you leave...
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Me too! I also used to look for the phone book, weird, I know. Our kids and I used to play a silly game before they went to sleep where we would go through the phone book in our hotel room and find people with funny names. No more phone books in hotel rooms these days.

I have also found the Book of Mormon in all of my hotel rooms when I stayed anywhere in the Mountain West, particularly around SLC (duh) and Phoenix.
I have an unusual last name and used to always look (at least in big cities) to see if I could find it.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:18 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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I think Technology has take the place of "Needing" a Bible, Quran, Book of Mormon. ... in every hotel room.

Use to be when traveling but Stage Coach, Train, Bus, etc. space in your bag was very limited (Still is on planes). So you would hope the hotel would have a copy in the room for you.

But now you can download a copy on to your PC, Tablet, Phone, Ahead of time, or when you need it.

I still see a Gideon Bible in more Family Run, Smaller Chain run hotels, But in the Big Chains, Don't see them as much, Not that I go looking for it.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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I think Technology has take the place of "Needing" a Bible, Quran, Book of Mormon. ... in every hotel room.

Use to be when traveling but Stage Coach, Train, Bus, etc. space in your bag was very limited (Still is on planes). So you would hope the hotel would have a copy in the room for you.

But now you can download a copy on to your PC, Tablet, Phone, Ahead of time, or when you need it.

I still see a Gideon Bible in more Family Run, Smaller Chain run hotels, But in the Big Chains, Don't see them as much, Not that I go looking for it.
I don't think the Gideons' mission is to have them available to people who would have already downloaded the Bible on their smart phone. The goal is to reach people who would not normally read the Bible but are at the end of their rope and might find the Bible and read something uplifting in it that helps them.

Someone else mentioned, and I've read accounts of this happening too, that there have been people who came back to their rooms who were feeling hopeless or suicidal and started reading the Gideon Bible and it literally saved their lives. I think if this happened even once and one human life was saved then it is a compelling case for having them in hotel rooms. These Bibles are designed for just this sort of situation too. Just inside the cover they usually have a list with things like, "When you're feeling hopeless", "When you want to die", etc., etc. with references to specific Scriptures that address those feelings.

Whether you're a Christian or not, if these Bibles help anyone, then it is pretty selfish to think that they should be banned from all hotel rooms to fit your belief system. As others here said, just don't read it, problem solved. I am a Christian, but I have no problem with someone leaving a Koran, Book of Mormon, Hindu Scriptures, or any other Holy Book in a hotel room when the motive is to help someone in need or distress. That's a kind and thoughtful thing to do.
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Old 07-11-2017, 03:18 PM
 
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Have you ever thought of, I don't know, just not reading it? Leaving it in the drawer. You're not going to burst into flames you know.
I don't read that stuff lol.
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Old 07-11-2017, 06:37 PM
 
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^^^
That is pretty obvious.
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:09 AM
 
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Because it doesn't belong there. Just like it doesn't belong @ a place of work or public schools.


There are a time and place for religion. Hotels aren't one.


Belongs @ a church, not a hotel or any other public place.

Hotels aren't public places, they are privately owned. They can remove (allow or not allow) the Gideon's Bible at will. It's really not that big of a deal. Look at it or don't. Nobody is forcing anyone to read it. And it's not the same as public schools, which are run by the government not private entities. I'm always surprised by people who don't know that.
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Old 07-14-2017, 06:09 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I don't read that stuff lol.
So you can continue to not read it. You exercise your right not to read it and those who want to read it can exercise their right to read it. And since they are usually in night stands anyway you don't have to worry about it burning your hands or leaping out and trying to convert you.
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Old 07-14-2017, 08:44 AM
 
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Hotels aren't public places, they are privately owned. They can remove (allow or not allow) the Gideon's Bible at will. It's really not that big of a deal. Look at it or don't. Nobody is forcing anyone to read it. And it's not the same as public schools, which are run by the government not private entities. I'm always surprised by people who don't know that.
Great explanation !
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Old 07-14-2017, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I don't so much mind the bibles but I get a little annoyed (and over-stimulated) over the advertising pamphlets for naughty escort services that are always left between the pages
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