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Gov. Deal calls for return of Bibles to state cabins, lodges

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Governor Nathan Deal Wednesday instructed the state Department of Natural Resources  return Bibles to cabins and lodge rooms at state parks.

The removal came after a resident expressed concerns over the presence of the Bibles.

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A spokesperson says the Bibles were removed until managers could fully investigate the issue and make an informed decision.

"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. 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. In fact, any religious group is free to donate literature."

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