University Removes Bibles From Local Hotel

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The tiny bottles of shampoo are permissible, but the Bible has to go.

Dixie State University in St. George, Utah has ordered staff to remove copies of the Book of Mormon and the holy Bible from guest rooms at the College Inn.

Apparently a guest at the taxpayer-funded university found a copy of the Bible and the Book of Mormon on a nightstand and suffered a severe microaggression.

The offended guest took her complaint directly to the Freedom From Religion Foundation—a Wisconsin-based group of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers.

"A hotel guest informs us that on one stay at the College Inn she found two copies of the Book of Mormon in her room," FFRF legal fellow Christopher Line wrote in a letter to the university. "On another stay, in a different room, she found a copy of the Bible."

"Providing copies of the Book of Mormon or bibles (sic) to College Inn guests sends the message that DSU endorses these religious texts," Line wrote. "Certainly, if guests want to read these religious texts during their stay, they can bring their own copy or use one of the many copies available online or in a digital format. The state of Utah should not promote certain religious beliefs by placing religious texts in guest rooms."

How does the Freedom From Religion Foundation feel about guests using the hotel wifi to Google Bible verses? Or what about watching Christian television programs on the hotel-owned television?

The atheists and agnostics say taxpayer-funded schools have a "constitutional obligation to remain neutral toward religion."

"Such a practice alienates guests whose religious beliefs are inconsistent with the message being promoted by the religious texts, including 24 percent of American adults—and 38 percent of Millennials—who are non-religious," Line wrote.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney is full of Grade-A fertilizer, but his insinuated threat worked like a charm.

"Any religious texts that may have been left in any of the guest rooms have been removed," university attorney Alison Vicroy wrote in response. "Further, we have established a procedure of removing any such texts going forward."

It's unclear what the university did with all of those Bibles. We can only pray the enlightened crowd at Dixie State does not endorse public book burning.

On an unrelated note, I'm really surprised the culture jihadists have not demanded that Dixie State University change its name. But I digress.

First Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser told "The Todd Starnes Radio Show" that a Bible in a hotel room does not violate the Constitution.

"Making Bibles available in a hotel room is a longstanding tradition of providing another resource to guests who forgot their own Bible," Sasser said. "This university is bowing to political pressure, not a valid legal threat."

I still can't get over the idea that some unfortunate Millennial actually believes a hotel guest can spontaneously convert through osmosis.

That's what happens when you wear skinny jeans. It cuts off circulation to the brain.

Todd Starnes is host of "Fox News & Commentary," heard on hundreds of radio stations. Sign up for his American Dispatch newsletter, be sure to join his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter. His latest book is The Deplorables' Guide to Making America Great Again.

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