Member since 13 Sep 2016
Total posts 10
I always thought the Bibles were placed there more 'in case of emergency' for travellers on their own who are down or lonely, in the hope that reading it might help them out of a bad place. I figured that if you are a 'believer' you would carry your own little pocket Bible anyway.
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Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 428
I like the fact that in Ibis Budgets, there are just no cupboards ergo no space to put the Book.I don't read it.And even in the non Ibis Budgets, as mentioned above, less and less of the Book are seen, as my paw goes looking for the minibar/restaurant compedeum in the cupboard/drawer, I no longer find the Book.
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Member since 06 Aug 2017
Total posts 119
I heard someone give a talk once (no, not in a Church -- in an RSL club) about how she was literally saved from suicide by having a Bible in her hotel room: opening that Bible and reading about the life and sayings of Jesus turned her life around.
Member since 03 Jul 2017
Total posts 1
Its always entertaining to flick through a few pages of the book of mormon when staying at a Marriott. Reminds me of scenes from the funniest musical ever written.
Member since 24 Apr 2014
Total posts 230
I think it is dwindling, it may be because Australia is becoming a Post Christian country.
Member since 23 Sep 2017
Two traditions and one admonishment : 1) Gideons placed Bibles in hotel rooms so that those staying there could hopefully get some comfort and hope when away, alone, perhaps struggling.
Member since 20 May 2015
Total posts 109
I'm a militant atheist. But I don't get offended at the mere presence of a religious text. It doesn't burn me or make me scream in pain. Even if I do want to roll my eyes a little over it, I don't feel personally offended or excluded or "micro-aggressed" against.
Member since 10 Jul 2017
Total posts 86
so should they put the koran in the drawer too ?
Member since 10 May 2012
Total posts 106
Many hotels in the Muslim World have an arrow pointing to Mecca pinned to the ceiling. And many Muslim airlines put the arrow on the tracking map at Prayer times. I couldn’t care less. I’d far rather have a (silent) bible in the draw by the bed than hear the catawhaling of the call to Prayer in most Muslim cities. Truely not my cup of tea.
Member since 23 May 2017
I personally like that it appears to be being phased out - religion is the cause of most of today's issues - so the less of it, the better.
Member since 21 Feb 2012
Total posts 5
As I recall, Marriott used to place of copy of L. Ron Hubbard's book "Dianetics" in the same drawer as the Gideons Bible. Since the Marriott founder J W Marriott and family are Mormans, perhaps they feel they can.
Member since 25 Apr 2017
Total posts 6
I'm a non-observing Anglican but it seems to be a tradition that has been in place for many years.
Member since 03 May 2017
Total posts 39
This is due to political correctness, the unrealistic view that the Gideon bible might offend someone from another religion so some hotels decided to remove them. Its possible some militant complained about its presence, but despite the occasional rantings online I think its unlikely any hotel would pay attention to that, and there is special counselling available for these people.The Gideons have not and will not stop handing out free bibles for hotels and the like. Its what they do.
Member since 27 Sep 2011
Total posts 2
Have you actually got an evidence that hotels decided to remove them because they're scared of offending someone? Because that sounds like the sort of nonsense people make up without evidence.
Member since 23 Feb 2015
Total posts 259
If someone is prepared to deliver it and to put it in the drawer too, yes.
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