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Fifty shades of grey forcing Bible to take a back seat:
Mail online ^ | 7.31.2012 | Bianca London

Posted on 07/13/2012 11:34:14 AM PDT by Morgana

FULL TITLE: Fifty shades of grey forcing Bible to take a back seat: Enterprising hotel manager replaces Gideons bible with copies of the racy novel

It is the erotic thriller that has had blushing women rushing to the book store for their fix of 'mummy porn.'

With sales totting up to 1m books and ebooks per week and the author herself netting approximately £862,069 per week for the 20 million copies sold worldwide, it seems that Fifty Shades of Grey is the novel of the year.

One hotel manager certainly thinks so and he is swopping the Gideon bible, famed for being available in hotel rooms around the world, for copies of the book. Manager of Damson Dene Hotel, Wayne Bartholomew replacing copies of the Gideon Bible with copies of racy best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey

Manager of Damson Dene Hotel, Wayne Bartholomew replacing copies of the Gideon Bible with copies of racy best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey

Wayne Bartholomew, Damson Dene hotel manager and star of Channel 4’s first ‘The Hotel’, is making the exchange today for the benefit of guests and in response to the online chatter from his 3,210 Facebook Fans.

'Fifty Shades of Grey is all that people are talking about at the moment, but I know that some are too shy to buy it for themselves.

I thought it would be a special treat for our guests to find it in their bedside cabinet and that includes the men too.

They are as desperate to get their hands on a copy as the women.'

Whilst we are swopping one best seller for another the similarities don’t end there. The Gideon bible is full of references to sex and violence, although it’s written using more formal language, so James’ book is easier to read.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: bible; books; gideons; hotels; porn; shadesofgrey
A new all time low.
1 posted on 07/13/2012 11:34:19 AM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

beyond offensive


2 posted on 07/13/2012 11:51:07 AM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: Morgana

Why would people be so hungry for erotic figments of someone else’s fevered imagination?


3 posted on 07/13/2012 11:51:20 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Morgana

If people don’t read the Bible at home there is precious little reason to think they’ll read it while at a motel.

But given the average level of moral sense amongst the general population pornography is another matter.


4 posted on 07/13/2012 11:54:47 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Morgana

Too bad we saved the English in WW II. Many good American fathers, brothers, sons and husbands were lost to this country to save Europe from itself in WWI and WW II.. What an utter waste. I certainly hope we would not be that stupid again.


6 posted on 07/13/2012 11:57:10 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Morgana
"Gilbert Gottfried reads 'Fifty Shades of Grey'":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K1RcKJVbHA

7 posted on 07/13/2012 12:06:21 PM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Morgana

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ should be boycotted and prohibited from our schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, the Internet, homes, hotels and workplaces.


8 posted on 07/13/2012 12:10:07 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Uncle Slayton

For multiple reasons. Aside from every other page being about sex and the female character trying to relate to her “inner goddess” which was mentioned at least 50 times, it was very poorly written. The book is making a killing off of literary trash.


9 posted on 07/13/2012 12:15:41 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Morgana

Anybody old enough to remember the phenomenon surrounding “Deep Throat”? Average everyday married couples of all ages lining up on the sidewalk, waiting to see it. It cost $25k to make and in the end it was just a dirty movie.

Looks like this is this decade’s “Deep Throat”.


10 posted on 07/13/2012 12:22:17 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Morgana

If husbands and wives would both dedicate some effort to maintaining affection and emotional and physical intimacy, this type of stuff would be an uncommon curiosity, or at best and idea generator - “hey, let’s try that!”. If distraction, apathy, “No”, or “Why?” are your (the general you) only responses, then you shouldn’t be surprised if your spouse takes a look.

When “I Do” becomes a vow of celibacy, there’s bound to be trouble, and those problems go waaaay beyond sex.


11 posted on 07/13/2012 12:24:44 PM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: cuban leaf

I was thinking more like the post-modern day “Peyton Place.”


12 posted on 07/13/2012 12:25:44 PM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: count-your-change

I disagree. When the folks who travel and stay in hotel rooms realize that their lives are not ever going to be like the fantasies found in some piece of erotic literature, they may well find themselves wanting to get beyond the reasons for the fantasies (loneliness, boredom, dissatisfaction with life, etc.) and begin to seek the true solution to these problems and the only satisfaction to the soul—a relationship with his/her God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is, in part, the thinking for the Gideons placing Bibles in hotel rooms to begin with.


13 posted on 07/13/2012 12:26:39 PM PDT by MarDav
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To: LS

The way it was meant to be heard LOL.


14 posted on 07/13/2012 12:26:43 PM PDT by NeoCaveman ("If I had a son he'd look like B.O.'s lunch" - Rin Tin Tin)
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To: Morgana

One will save your soul (if you ask God) and one is trash which will satisfy only temporarily (if that)! How evil, yet full expected in today’s “western culture” if you can even call it western anymore.


15 posted on 07/13/2012 12:59:14 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: MarDav
I don't question the good intentions of the Gideons and their Bible placement work but the wide popularity and tolerance of pornography suggests that a large proportion of the American populace is the grip of a moral fantasy.

That's what a fantasy is...an escape from the reality of life and when the time comes when the morally unbalanced attempt to mold reality to their fantasy it becomes moral insanity.

16 posted on 07/13/2012 1:02:43 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Morgana

The thing is, nobody’s going to set up a Gideons for “Fifty Shades”. Seriously, they’re not.


17 posted on 07/13/2012 1:22:38 PM PDT by RichInOC (Jesus is coming back soon...and man, is He ticked off. (I'm trying to keep it clean.))
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To: Morgana

Literary porn will always sell well. It will always outsell good books. Think back to the ‘Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest’ etc., those were simply pornography bordering on child pornography and the same people who bought those are buying ‘Fifty Shades’.

It’s a kind of repetitive addiction, so that the reader is never satisfied, nor does he/she go back and read it again, as one would do with Dickens or other greats. You just want another one. They’re kind of disposable, like diapers. So there’s always a lot of them. Like diapers.

This has happened since porn became legal. Just as the gladitorial games basically destroyed the Roman audience for good plays, and so Roman literature really don’t have any good plays, porn will drive out good writing. Well, not drive it out entirely but certainly degrade the national taste, and there’s not much to be done about it.


18 posted on 07/13/2012 2:08:58 PM PDT by squarebarb
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To: two134711; Religion Moderator

I apologize, as I didn’t realize this was posted on the religion forum, and I may have come across a bit crass. Delete my prior post if necessary.


20 posted on 07/13/2012 2:13:02 PM PDT by two134711 (I am Conservative, no longer a Republican.)
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To: two134711

Just asked my “inner goddess” and she said to tell you great review! LOL


21 posted on 07/13/2012 2:16:42 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Toespi

You’ve got me beat! I’m still working to “demi-goddess” status! Thanks! :)


22 posted on 07/13/2012 2:19:10 PM PDT by two134711 (I am Conservative, no longer a Republican.)
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To: Morgana

Nothing that happens these days in the UK will surprise me.


23 posted on 07/13/2012 2:19:21 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: LS

“Fifty Shades of Grey: The Musical” on youtube is hilarious.


24 posted on 07/13/2012 2:21:05 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Morgana
Mummy Porn????

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Shades of Bill Clinton !! I seem to recall he was into mummies.

25 posted on 07/13/2012 2:31:10 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: two134711

Just read, the “author” is netting 1.34 million per week on this book. I am thinking this would be a gold mine for Obama’s campaign. All he would have to do is a little play on the title, use it as his campaign slogan, something like “Fifty Shades of the Truth.”. The women would swoon.


26 posted on 07/13/2012 2:31:34 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: count-your-change
If people don’t read the Bible at home there is precious little reason to think they’ll read it while at a motel.

There are two kinds of people at motels:

1) Those who need a break from driving because they are travelling.

2) Those who are in a motel because life circumstance -- a divorce, a death, or an addiction -- forced them there. The Bible is mostly for them.

27 posted on 07/13/2012 2:42:17 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Borg Zombies walk around groaning "Commmppuutteerrrrssss......Commmppuutteerrrrssss......")
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To: Toespi
1.34 million a week? You know, this lady's no dummy at all! Here I am bashing her for writing junk, but for for that much money I'd be seriouly tempted to write a series about Obama, titled "Fifty Shades of Gay."

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But I'd have to face myself in the mirror everyday. Even that much money isn't worth it.

28 posted on 07/13/2012 2:51:01 PM PDT by two134711 (I am Conservative, no longer a Republican.)
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To: Morgana
Manager of Damson Dene Hotel, Wayne Bartholomew replacing copies of the Gideon Bible with copies of racy best-seller Fifty Shades of Greyis looking to be replaced as manager.

As a member of the Gideons for 12 years, and having distributed thousands of KJV or NKJV Bibles badged by the Gideons International, I can tell you two things that few ordinary visitors but all experienced hotel owners, managers, and maids know:

(1) The number of suicides that the presence of the Bible has prevented. Often enough the last solace the suicider resorts to is the Gideon-placed Bible, and many conversions have thus taken place.
(2) The number of adulterous affairs that have been cut short, for the same reason.

This Wayne Bartholemew will probably be sacked for his stupidity in undermining his profitability and his hotel's reputation.

The Bibles placed cost him nothing. They are placed by local Bible-believing business and professional men who support the community by taking time from their own livelihoods to place Bibles. Every Gideon is an enrolled member of a local church, and it is those churches who provide the funds for the printing of the Bibles.

If a traveller defaces or removes the room Bible, it is replaced with a new, clean one. Who freely replaces that? The local Gideons. But when one displaces the Bibles with expensive pornographic trash, and the traveller takes it, who is going to replace it? The operating cost to the hotel and/or the travellers.

By eliminating the room Bibles, paid for by evangelical churches, you will have spurned this silent witness of their ministry to travellers, and it will be mentioned in sermons and by word of mouth. As a consequence, overt support from the local churches will be diminished and your support of pornography will be publicized. Many travellers who are themselves Christians, will note the absence of your aupport for the Bible and the Christian culture, and will not return.

Wayne, do you really want to take this path?

(Note: This news is from England, whose National Gideons have begun to prefer the New International Version to supplant the "old-fashioned" King James Bible. That may be partof the problem.)

29 posted on 07/13/2012 3:22:55 PM PDT by imardmd1 (An armed society is a polite society - especially one armed with world-class scholars.)
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To: Lazamataz
How many go to a motel to read the Bible? Better they should than the Playboy channel but I've never seen a motel Bible worn from use.

I thought the small copies handed out at grade schools were kinda cool but of course there's no more of that un-pc stuff allowed.

30 posted on 07/13/2012 3:40:11 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
For the second group of people I detailed, they didn't come to the motel to read the bible. But, in desperation, maybe a few of them did.

And maybe a few of them got something from it.

31 posted on 07/13/2012 3:43:15 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Borg Zombies walk around groaning "Commmppuutteerrrrssss......Commmppuutteerrrrssss......")
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To: Lazamataz

We would hope that to be the case. And for that reason alone a Bible should be available if they have none on hand themselves.

I’ve done my share of unwilling motel living and know there is always a bar close by to make a persons problems worse.

Of course had I been a better student of the Scriptures I may not have been there but that’s something else.


32 posted on 07/13/2012 3:52:35 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Morgana

By many things the Bible tells us, i am not surprised, jolted maybe but not suprised.


33 posted on 07/13/2012 5:33:55 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: Uncle Slayton

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ should be boycotted and prohibited from our schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, the Internet, homes, hotels and workplaces.


They should keep that and all of the other trash out of the schools.


34 posted on 07/13/2012 5:37:36 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: Jack of all Trades

When “I Do” becomes a vow of celibacy, there’s bound to be trouble, and those problems go waaaay beyond sex.


You,ve got that right, people who are Christian or not can not be honest with each other where it comes to their feelings regarding these desires.

Homosexuals are much more free to admit to their abominations
than what a husband or wife is to hint at something that is normal between a man and woman.


35 posted on 07/13/2012 6:06:28 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: two134711

Except for your use of a potty language word, it was fine. If you wish to see it again to repost it, let me know and I’ll Freepmail it to you.


36 posted on 07/13/2012 7:57:34 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: Religion Moderator

It’s not a big deal, but I appreciate the response. I’ll be more tactful in the future.


37 posted on 07/13/2012 8:42:48 PM PDT by two134711 (I am Conservative, no longer a Republican.)
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To: F15Eagle

Amazing how fast it’s happening.


38 posted on 07/13/2012 8:48:37 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: Morgana

**Manager of Damson Dene Hotel**

A hotel to avoid.

Stay in a Bed and Breakfast instead. Much less expensive.


39 posted on 07/13/2012 8:56:13 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ravenwolf

Not sure what you are getting at. I can’t think of two more polar opposites than homosexual and marital sex, and that has nothing to do with who’s parts go where. I think homosexual relationships tend to rely on sex as the foundation and use emotional bonds or the appearance thereof as cover. In a marriage it’s the emotional, spiritual and life bonds that are the foundation, and sex is one of the expressions of those bonds. When those bonds exist, there is no need for hints, demands or frustrations because communication and love brings the two together.


41 posted on 07/16/2012 5:47:02 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: Jack of all Trades

Not sure what you are getting at. I can’t think of two more polar opposites than homosexual and marital sex, and that has nothing to do with who’s parts go where. I think homosexual relationships tend to rely on sex as the foundation and use emotional bonds or the appearance thereof as cover.


I thought i was just agreeing with you but now i am not sure just what you were saying.

But basically what i am saying is that a woman or man will make excuses for their son being a homosexual and decide that maybe God should mind his own business.

But let a husband look at another woman or a wife look at another man and that is unforgivable in many cases, pride.


42 posted on 07/19/2012 8:15:47 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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