FFRF Petitions For Bible-Free Rooms At Major Hotel Chains

| by Sheena Vasani
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The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) is petitioning 15 major hotel chains to offer Bible-free rooms.

The FFRF, which aims to uphold and defend the separation of church and state, has contacted those chains responsible for more than 33,000 hotels in the U.S. and more than 4.1 million rooms worldwide to do so, according to the organization's Dec. 7 press release.

In the letter, the organization wrote that the company creating the bibles -- Gideons International -- is “exploiting hotels and motels to proselytize a captive audience.”

The letter continued:

"Those who must read the bible every day will surely take precautions to travel with their own copies. The rest of us deserve a break from mindless evangelizing when we are on vacation. Many of your guests are freethinkers — atheists, agnostics, skeptics or 'nones' — who are deeply offended to be charged high fees only to be proselytized in the privacy of their own bedrooms. Not only that, the bible calls for killing nonbelievers, apostates, gays, 'stubborn sons' and women who transgress biblical double standards."

The assertion that the bible "calls for killing nonbelievers" has sparked controversy, particularly in light of recent conversations about radicalized Muslim-Americans and recent terrorist attacks.

The claim raises questions as to the possible existence of radicalized Christians, according to the Inquisitr.

Some Christians and others on Twitter have found these comparisons and the FFRF's work as a whole, offensive. 

"My God does not call for the killing of non-believers," one person wrote on social media. "My Christian Bible is not like the Koran."

Another individual compared the Freedom From Religion Foundation to ISIS.

The foundation urged the hotel industry to follow the lead of other hotels who have removed religious texts from their rooms, such as Travelodge in the U.K., which removed over 500 bibles from their rooms in 2014 in "in order not to discriminate against any religion."

Source: FFRF Press Release, Inquisitr / Photo Credit: Freedom From Religion Foundation logo, Sean MacEntee/Flickr