posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 01:13 PM
Originally posted by Blaine91555
No conspiracy. Just a kindness to those away from home and their Bibles. They are in many Hotel rooms as well. Since more than 80% of us in America
use the Bible, it is welcomed by most people. The only negative things I've ever heard about the practice came from radicals who want to censor what
people can read. It's like Cable TV in that if it is not wanted, simply do not open it and read it.
In addition to the above, it is also a missionary work. Basically if you're sitting in your hotel/hospital room bored and you open a drawer,
there's a book for you to read because Gideon and other Christians find it the most interesting and important one to read.
I recall walking out of the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. on a school trip and was handed a Bhagavad Gita by a group of indivduals handing them out.
I said thank you and accepted the gift. Although I didn't read it because I had no clue what it was about, it turned out to be required reading in
World Religions in college. Having read it, I can say I'm glad I did because it helped me understand cultural differences. It isn't where my faith
is, but appreciate the gesture nonetheless. What's strange is the perception that when a Christian receives a gift that isn't Christian that
they'd throw it to the ground and yell, "Heathen! You will burn!" or somesuch. Perhaps there are people like that, but I don't know any. I've
welcomed Jehovah Witnesses, Pagans, Mormons, Wiccans, and athiests alike into my home and had religious discussions. Not once did anyone raise their
voice. ATS on the otherhand turns into a verbal bloodbath from time to time. I guess things are different when we're hiding behind a screen.
Glad to hear the Gideon Bibles are now in more modern English. King James is a hard read for most of us. I didn't know they were free, but were
confident they weren't concerned if you took them. Happy to hear it is indeed a true gift to those who want it. The towels aren't...or so my
significant other told me when we got home and found I accidently packed the hotel towels up with our personal ones. Oops.
[edit on 25-6-2008 by saint4God]