Atheist Texts to Sit Alongside Holy Bible in Georgia State Parks
Turn about's fair play for Georgia governor Nathan Deal, who may have to sit idly by as atheist writings are placed side by side with the Holy Bible on bookshelves in state park cabins, The Huffington Post reports.
The hubbub started back in April, when devout Georgian atheist Ed Buckner brought his family to Amicalola Falls State Park for a little cabin retreat, only to find nine Gideon Bibles dispersed throughout the rustic rooms. His swift complaints resulted in the books' removal, but the Attorney General's Office ultimately determined those Bibles had every right to be there because they weren't purchased by the state, but rather donated by religious organizations. Governor Deal, no doubt certain the invitation would go unnoticed, said any other religious groups were free to donate texts as well.
Well, Deal was wrong. President of American Atheists, David Silverman, has moved to donate numerous books to the state of Georgia, including Madalyn O'Hair's Why I Am an Atheist. Silverman had this to say:
We expect fair treatment, we anticipate fair treatment and we look forward to fair treatment. If the state is going to put Bibles in the cabins, they must allow alternate points of view – all alternative points of view without taking sides.
It seems, however, that Deal and the state of Georgia don't want to play fair. Silverman hasn't received an official go-ahead for the donation. When asked if Silverman's donation would be approved, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson was reportedly evasive.
Seems shady. If you're cool with one religious perspective occupying state cabin shelf space, you have to be cool with all others. It's only fair. Then again, politicians and fairness don't always go hand in hand, amiright?
What does everyone think? Do Buckner and Silverman have the right to place atheists books in cabins?
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