Ga. governor calls to lift Bible ban from state parks

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal releases statement Wednesday to lift ban

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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