Skip to comments.University of Wisconsin Removes Bibles From Guest Rooms Following Atheist Complaint
Posted on 01/17/2014 5:43:52 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
MADISON, Wis. The University of Wisconsin-Extension has removed all of the Gideon Bibles from its conference center guest rooms at the urging of an atheist activist organization.
The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) states that it received a complaint last November from a visitor to the universitys Lowell Center, who noticed the Bible in their room.
The organization then sent a letter to university officials, asserting that the placement of the Gideon Bibles violated the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution, which reads, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
It is a fundamental principle of Establishment Clause jurisprudence that a government entity cannot promote, advance or otherwise endorse religion, the letter stated. Permitting members of outside religious groups the privilege of placing their religious literature in public university guest rooms constitutes state endorsement and advancement of these Christian publications.
FFRF contended that if visitors want to read the Bible, they can bring their own copy during their stay, or obtain one from the library. It demanded that all Bibles be removed from the premises, and that a written response be provided regarding the matter.
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They’re a cultural terrorist organization. Blame the university for capitulating.
Nice the way they use the Freedom of Religion clause to impose atheism on a state university. University of Wisconsin had no obligation to comply, but of course they are far to the left and happy to do so.
“Good heavens! A bible in the drawer! My head is going to explode!” Typical leftie reaction.
All I have to say about folks that aquiesce to this horsechit is..............WHAT A BUNCH OF CHICKENCHITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am sick to death of cowardly Christians.
Jesus was NOT a coward.
I heard a sermon once and the pastor said “the worst thing a person can say to a Christian is: “I did not know you were a Christian”.
The Russians are placing Bibles in how many rooms for the Olympics?
Here in the land where the U.S.A was founded due to reliance...in The Bible..we’re being forced to REMOVE those Scarey Dangerous Attack Bibles from guest rooms!
UpsidedownVille Marches On!
is it the money talking in wisconsin? maybe the NAME...WisconSIN?
They should put a small percent of Holy Water in their water system...watch’em burn.
I wonder if it was the FFRF or the article author who included the "prohibition" part of the amendment.
Ridiculous. Take the book to the desk.
Wow!!!! How much more tolerant and diverse can UW get????/sarc
Who will God bless? America or Russia?
God will bless those he chooses to bless.
I remember back in 1978 when I was in college some group was passing out Gideon New testaments out side of a class building . I took one and said thank you. Still have it. Even them some young people were snickering. Just made me say Thank You louder. Being rude is bad manners.
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"...when the wing nut checks out tell him, "while you were out we sprinkled Holy water all over your bed last night,nah naa na naa na na"
1) There is no God
2) I hate Him
Were they all screaming “The book, the book, it burns my eyes. Oh the pain, the pain, get it away before I die!” And then they asked for some gay porn.
Russian hotels will have Bibles in each room
Russia joins the European and world traditions according to which hotel guests have the opportunity to read the Bible in their rooms, reports the Christian Telegraph invictory.com in reference to ITAR-TASS.
On August 9th, the first 6,000 copies of the New Testament and Psalms will be transferred to one of the largest hotels in Moscow Izmailovo, reports ITAR-TASS citing the New Department of the Russian Orthodox Church.
This charity event is supported by the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management of the Moscow Government and the Commission with the Diocesan Missionary Council of the capital.
Actually, in every European hotel guests can find Bibles in the rooms. The Gospel is a book that has become the foundation of European culture, it is an essential feature of the respectful and hospitable attitude towards guests, as well as an indicator of the culture level of the owners of hotels, said the chairman of the commission missionary hieromonk Dimitriy Pershin.
The funds for the publication are provided by the Foundation of St. Gregory the Theologian.
Why are Atheists allowed to violate others religious freedom?
Perhaps there are not enough Christians at the University of Wisconsin to protest.
I saw we all lodge a complaint that they removed the bible.
Gideon Bibles are placed FREE of charge to hotels, hospitals, doctor offices, etc.
I was in the Gideons for a while. That is what we did.
From what I can gather, atheists believe in God, they just don’t approve of the way He behaves.
They can't it burns if they touch it. Ask them I'm sure they think so.
We should grant these Atheist bigots equal time. Perhaps a bound copy of all 2,000 pages of an anti-Christian document they admire, such as the ObamaCare Act, would make them feel better.
Yes, white western Christians have lost their testicles. Disgusting.
Contrast with http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue20719.html
Why doesn’t the university just let the atheists place their material in the guest rooms too...like Time Magazine or the PBS program guide.
wouldn’t it be amazing if libtards did something on a scale like this if a single Christian complained about something?
uw-madison is extremely liberal. they were more than happy to comply, this gives them cover.
they don’t call it madistan for nothing.
there is no right to be free from religion. that isn’t how it’s written.
when one libtard complaiuns about something to libtards in charge, they use the one complainer as justification to do what the complainer wants.
when most of the country is opposed to what the libtards in charge are doing, and say so, the libtards ignore the large majority, which also contains some of the libtards’ normal supporters.
the hypocrisy is fascinating.
It is a fundamental principle of Establishment Clause jurisprudence that a government entity cannot promote, advance or otherwise endorse religion, the letter stated.
Uh, that second thing does not say what that first thing is saying.
An easier method is to ask God during your morning prayers to please bless everyone who shall enter your home and/or office today.
What are they afraid of? heehee
I’m complaining about there not being a bible in my room from now on.
You think I’ll get satisfaction?
I would also include something along the lines of:
If you would like to comment on this issue, the FFRF's website is www.ffrf.org. The organisation's mailing address is: PO Box 750, Madison WI 53701. Their telephone and fax numbers are: (ph) 608-256-8900 (FAX) 608-204-0422. I am sure that Staff Attorney Elliott, President Emerita Anne Nicol Gaylor, Co-President Dan Barker or Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor would be pleased to discuss their request with you. Of course, if you would like to discuss this with someone from UW, you may contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jefferson had noted that the Founding States had made the 10th Amendment to clarify in general that the states had reserved government power to legislatively address religious issues uniquely to themselves, such power now limited by the 14th Amendment, regardless that the Founders had made the 1st Amendment in part to prohibit such powers entirely to Congress.
"3. Resolved that it is true as a general principle and is also expressly declared by one of the amendments to the constitution that the powers not delegated to the US. by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively or to the people: and that no power over the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom of the press being delegated to the US. by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, all lawful powers respecting the same did of right remain, & were reserved, to the states or the people: that thus was manifested their determination to retain to themselves the right of judging how far the licentiousness of speech and of the press may be abridged without lessening their useful freedom, and how far those abuses which cannot be separated from their use should be tolerated rather than the use be destroyed (emphasis added); " --Thomas Jefferson, Kentucky Resolutions, 1798.
So the interpretation of the establishment clause by activist justices is bogus where 10th Amendment-protected state powers are concerned imo.
I am no legal eagle, but is there not an opportunity for a lawsuit against this organisation based upon religious descrimination? After all, on their IRS Form 990, Part 1.1, they state that their mission is "to keep church and state separate and to educate the public about nontheism". What about Wiccan covens, Jewish synagogues, Muslim mosques, Budhist temples, etc? It seems to me that their efforts descriminate against one religion, Christianity. From what I understand, several school boards in several States fund Muslim schools and Jewish schools. Why have these 'upstanding secular citizens' chosen not to approach such schools? This shows a certain religious descrimination on their part.
In their letter to UW, they suggest that they are doing what they do not just for atheists, but for non-Christians. Again, it seems to me that this is descrimination, IF they are claiming to promote 'non-theism' but only go after Christianity.
Any good lawyers out there that could dose these folks with some of their own medicine? What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander!
EQUALITY would be putting an empty notepad in the drawer for all atheists.
REMOVING religious texts makes the no-god god DOMINATE.
Russia joins the European and world traditions according to which hotel guests have the opportunity to read the Bible in their rooms...
Protip for FFRF: The Gideons are not a government entity.
The University, our esteemed center of learning and intellectual exploration is in the book banning business. Nothing ironic about that....
Bible says this will happen, increased persecution etc.
This isn’t the battle, the battle is a far larger front.
We are at war, and there will be no end to it, as a matter of fact, it’s going to get far worse. The good news is the end result has already been determined and the good guys win.
Odd, isn't it? That they should be so afraid of a book?
If they don't want to read it, they don't have to.
So much for "choice" in this country.