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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Gidion Bibles Deemed "Offensive" and Removed from Hospitals

Officials at the UK Hospitals Leicester General, Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital in Fredericton New Brunswick decided that the century old tradition of keeping a Gidion Bible at the hospital bedside would come to an end because the bibles are "offensive". There was also concern that the books could spread the MRSA bacteria. Muslim and Christian groups were angered by this decision.

An executive director of the Gideons International, Iain Mair, reported that an independent investigation found the possibility of bibles spreading disease was “nonsense.” Mair had not received "a single letter, e-mail or telephone call from any member of another faith to say that they have been offended by a hospital bible. Even other local faith leaders disagree with the proposal. The only thing I can think of is that this is motivated by political correctness.''

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