A mid-week Constitutional debate for everyone has begun with Paul Yates’ reporting at FOX5 Atlanta, that due to a “citizen’s concern,” Bibles were ordered removed from Georgia-owned lodges and guest houses at State parks.
The Augusta Chronicle has additional details here. And Jim Galloway reports that Governor Nathan Deal will seek to get those bibles put back into state-owned facilities: “It is our intention, based on the guidance that we will be given by the attorney general, to replace those Bibles in those facilities. I think it will happen rather quickly.”
We have to assume that these Bibles were not purchased with tax dollars, so please, ACLU members and Libertarians, is there really a First Amendment separation issue here? And if so, please reconcile that issue with the First Amendment rights of Gideons International.
UPDATE, just for griftdrift and mpierce: Kathleen Baydala Joyner at ATL LAW Blog got this quotation: “Georgia State Constitutional Law professor L. Lynn Hogue said having donated religious books in state park cabins and lodges does not present a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, unless the state parks were soliciting them.