UPDATE: Bibles reinstated in Ga. state park lodges, cabins

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered the Department of Natural Resources to return Bibles that were removed from cabins and lodges at state parks.

In a statement Wednesday, Deal said the state isn't violating any laws by having the Bibles in the cabins and lodge rooms because they've weren't paid for by the state and have been donated by outside groups.

The Bibles were removed after a guest expressed concerns and WAGA-TV reported Department of Natural Resources management instructed staff to remove the bibles from the rooms while the issue was under investigation.

Deal says he does not believe Bibles being placed in bedside drawers is a state establishment of religion. The governor says any religious group is welcome to donate literature.

Initial report:

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia parks officials say they've ordered that Bibles be removed from guest rooms at state lodges and cabins across the state.

WAGA-TV reports that the order came after a resident expressed concerns.

A Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman said that after the resident expressed concerns, management directed the staff to remove the Bibles from cabins and lodge rooms until managers can fully investigate the issue and make an informed decision.

The station reports that the DNR has not set a timetable for a final decision on allowing Bibles in state park guest rooms.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)


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