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Bibles removed from state lodges and cabins

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Georgia parks officials have ordered the removal of Bibles from guest rooms at state lodges and cabins in response to a citizen's concern.

Bibles have traditionally been available in many state park lodge rooms and cabins.

A spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said, "Recently, due to a citizen concern, Georgia Department of Natural Resources management directed Parks staff to remove Bibles from cabins and lodge rooms until management can fully investigate the issue and make an informed decision."

In the meantime, the spokeswoman said Gideon's Bibles will be available on request at the front desk or office of lodges and parks.

In Rutledge, residents said they were surprised when we told them the presence of Bibles in state parks had become an issue.

"I think that they should be left there. If someone chooses to read the Bible then that is their right. If they don't believe in God, then they don't have to look at a Bible," said Jamie Knight.

The Department of Natural Resources has not set a timetable for a final decision on allowing Bibles in state park guest rooms.

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