I get really irritated by the obligatory bible in hotels/motels, this is just another way society is integrated with historically biased religious practices.
In fact a created a spin off to my blog to find out what people do or were they have found the bible….sometimes I leave a secularist book as an alternative. :)
Love for people to leave comments on what they did. :)
I was in a Japanese Sky resort once and there was a Buddhist Bible in the night stand. I found it quite refreshing. I love Buddhist, got it right years before most, sorry it didn't catch on.
Ignore it completely.
I have taken a bible or two and folded several pages so when the next occupant opens it, it goes to those pages. The pages I select are some of the deeds of JC and GOD. I circle them not with a sharpie but with a ball point pen..and I do it firmly, again to create an indent in the pages. Then I add a bit of commentary on the side...normally not in statement form, but in question form. Creating questions might cause someone to think!
Then I take to the covers and add some thoughtful questions there too.
I'll often go to John 3:16 and ask, "Was this a suicide of a triune god, or was this involuntary manslaughter of a careless father?
Not suicide at all ... just a temporary inconvenience to an eternal creature to whom no permanent harm could have come anyway. The sacrifice was only from a limited human point of view. To Haysus, it was more like doing without your smart-phone for a couple days.
oh nice. I need to print those out.
Homosexuality... why are they warning us about that? I don't like to see a perfectly acceptable sexual orientation lumped in with a list like this. Might as well warn us the Bible contains love poetry
If you’ve stayed in a hotel it’ll be more than likely that you found a Bible in your dresser drawer and a note saying “this Bible was put here by a Gideon”; but who the fuck was Gideon? Here’s a few fun facts about the guy you may not know.
Read the Bible for yourself. You will find the story of Gideon in Judges, chapters 6-9. The tale of Gideon is only one of many horror stories in the Bible, a book that glorifies genocide, slavery, homophobia and sexism.
The Gideons are not really a denomination. It's an evangelical Christian organization and members can come from several different denominations. I just posted that info above because it's about the same as the stickers that are sold by ffrf to put inside the Gideon bibles. I didn't realize it had that swear word in there. I don't think that kind of language helps anything.
That's a pretty good link to a lot of information about the Gideon organization that leaves the Bibles in hotel rooms. And yes, they do leave King James Version Bibles. As far as I know, that's all they do. I don't know why you think I may have been offended by your post. It's very interesting. I did not know all those stories.
I think a good thing to leave with the bibles would be this paper -
Compilation of Biblical Nonsense by Barbara G. Walker.