AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University will remove Bibles from a campus hotel's guest rooms after a watchdog group said it was an illegal endorsement of Christianity by the state-run institution.
The Des Moines Register reported that the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked the management of Hotel Memorial Union in a Jan. 29 letter to remove the Gideon Bibles.
“If a state-run university has a policy of providing a Christian religious text to guests, that policy facilitates illegal endorsement of Christianity over other religions and over nonreligion,” Patrick Elliott, the organization's attorney, wrote to hotel director Richard Reynolds.
The Bibles will be removed by March 1, Reynolds wrote in a response. They will be placed in the Memorial Union's Browsing Library and Chapel, where they will be available to any guest.
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