Ga. governor calls to lift Bible ban from state parks

Published On: May 16 2013 09:56:26 PM EDT
Updated On: May 17 2013 12:43:24 AM EDT

VIDEO: A battle over Bibles is brewing in Georgia. Bibles were removed from state parks after a guest expressed concerns that a Bible had been placed in a state-owned cabin. Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal, ordered the Department of Natural Resources to return the Bibles because he says the state didn't buy the books, they were donated.

ATLANTA -

Along with tents, RV's, cabins and lodges, in Georgia state parks you could soon find Bibles.

The Georgia Department of Natural resources banned Bibles in state owned cabins and lodges after some visitors complained about Bibles being in a state park.

"I think it's a bad idea," said Julia Riley. "People can choose to look at the Bible or they can choose not to."

"What was this country born on? It was born on the Bible," said Tony Perry.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal released a statement on Wednesday, calling for the ban to be lifted.

"The attorney general and I agree that the state is on firm legal footing as we move to return the Bibles to the rooms," said Deal. "These Bibles are donated by outside groups, not paid for by the state."

The state's reversal of the ban is upsetting others like the advocacy group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

"The problem is that Georgia parks are government property and the office of Governor ordering bibles into rooms on government property is a violation of constitution," said Elizabeth Cavell with Freedom from Religion Foundation. "Regardless of whether people think it doesn't hurt anybody."

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