FFRF asks Iowa State to remove bibles from University Hotel. ISU does the right thing, obeys the law, saves money.

I write fairly frequently on school administrators who insist on breaking the law in favor of their religion.  For public schools it’s not the administrators who are on the line: they get to go fight a foredoomed legal battle with taxpayer money used for the education of other peoples’ kids on the line.  Public universities are on the hook for their own legal expenses though, so while the situations aren’t completely comparable, it’s still nice to get to report on a school that was informed about a legal violation and had the proper reaction: “Oh!  Thanks for the heads up.  We’ll stop breaking the law now.”

Bibles will be removed from guest rooms at Iowa State University’s Hotel Memorial Union in Ames.

A guest had complained to a watchdog group, Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The organization wrote to Memorial Union director Richard Reynolds on Jan. 29, asking for the Bibles to be removed.

The group’s attorney, Patrick Elliott, said that for a state-run university to provide a Bible to guests, “that policy facilitates illegal endorsement of Christianity over other religions and over nonreligion.”

Reynolds responded last week and said the Bibles would be removed by March 1.

Tip of the hat to ISU and another standing ovation for the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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