From The Telegraph-
If you’re staying in a Travelodge and you get a hankering to save your mortal soul, don’t bother. The management has decided to pull every single Gideon Bible from bedside tables in their hotels, on the grounds of "diversity" and not wanting to cause offence. Who, pray, might be offended? Cut to a Satanist coming down to reception at 1.30 in the morning, covered in goats blood, slamming a Bible down on the desk and saying, “What the Hell is this doing in my room?”
Travelodge's decision is irritating on three grounds. First, in fact no one had complained about the presence of the Bibles. NO ONE. Second, it’s an act of cultural vandalism upon a tradition that goes back 126 years. It’s long been comforting to know that when the TV gets irritating and there’s nothing left to do in your hotel room, you can always open up the bedside table drawer and find a Gideon’s in there. I’ve stayed in a hotel in Detroit that was obviously being used for immoral purposes (or as a place to shelter from the gun crime) and was delighted to discover that even in that den of vice there was a well-ruffled Good Book chained to the desk. Sally Hitchiner, an Anglican priest, tweets: “When I stay in hotels I almost always place Bible book mark in a comforting passage in the hope someone might find it”. Which is nice.
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