Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Atheists Intensify Bible Battle in Georgia Parks

When atheist Ed Buckner lodged in a Georgia state-owned park cabin and saw a Gideon Bible, he complained, so the park commissioner immediately acquiesced and removed all Bibles throughout Georgia.  However, Gov. Nathan Deal ordered all Bibles back, saying that private entities are free to donate religious materials to be displayed in the parks.  Now, the atheists are donating their own "religious materials" to be placed in park facilities.

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-- From "Deal orders Bibles returned to state parks" by Alexis Stevens, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 5/15/13

The announcement from [Gov.] Deal came just days after the commissioner for the state Department of Natural Resources ordered the Bibles removed. The books were removed from cabins and lodges following a complaint from a park visitor, Deal said.

“Out of an abundance of caution to avoid potential litigation, the commissioner removed the Bibles from rooms – though they were still available on site – after a complaint from a visitor,” Deal stated in a press release. “The attorney general and I agree that the state is on firm legal footing as we move to return the Bibles to the rooms.”

“These Bibles are donated by outside groups, not paid for by the state, and I do not believe that a Bible in a bedside table drawer constitutes a state establishment of religion,” Deal said. “In fact, any group is free to donate literature.”

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From "Atheist Group Sends Books to Georgia State Parks to Place Next to Gideon Bibles Inside Cabins" by Melissa Barnhart, Christian Post Contributor 5/18/13

The American Atheists of Cranford, N.J., announced Friday they will be sending books on atheism to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to be placed next to Gideon Bibles inside every cabin and lodge at the state's parks.

On April 28, Ed Buchner, the former president of American Atheists, a nonprofit organization that was founded by Madalyn Murray O'Hair in 1963, complained to the Department after he found "nine Bibles" inside his cabin, according to American Atheists.

David Silverman, president of American Atheists, announced in a statement, "American Atheists does not believe the state of Georgia should be placing Bibles or atheist books in state park cabins; however, if the state is going to allow such distribution, we will happily provide our materials."

The list of books American Atheists is going to send to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources include: Why I Am Not A Muslim, Why I Am An Atheist, god is not Great, and The God Delusion.

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From "The man behind Georgia's latest Bible controversy" by Paul Crawley, WXIA-TV11 (Atlanta) 5/21/13

The man behind the controversy over Bibles in Georgia state park cabins isn't sure he will accept a compromise being developed by state officials, including Gov. Nathan Deal.

"I didn't go looking for trouble; I didn't go looking for media attention; I did not go looking for a lawsuit," Ed Buckner told 11Alive on Monday.

"If it was an atheist book in every cabin in the State of Georgia, I would object to that, too," Buckner told 11Alive.

"How do you decide; are Wiccans allowed to put their materials in, are the Muslims allowed to put in Korans, are the Scientologists allowed to put in their materials?" Buckner asked.

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