Hotel Replaces Bible with Fifty Shades of Grey

Jonathan Denby bought the Damson Dene hotel in Crosthwaite, UK, from a Methodist group a decade ago, and had wanted to replace the Bible in each room with something else.

At first, he thought about Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, but then, he got another idea: Fifty Shades of Grey.

Hotel manager Wayne Bartholomew said the move to install the steamy bestseller was in response to popular demand.

Mr Bartholomew, who starred in Channel 4’s first series of The Hotel, said the book was all people were talking about but many were too shy to buy it.

“I thought it would be a special treat for our guests to find it in their bedside cabinet and that includes the men too,” he said. “They are as desperate to get their hands on a copy as the women.”

He added: “The Gideon Bible is full of references to sex and violence, although it’s written using more formal language, so James’s book is easier to read.

Link - via Boston's Globe-trotting

I have never read FSOG but all I know is since my wife started the series she has been frisky as a kitten.

That right there is reason enough to put it into hotel rooms. The only thing I ever found the bible good for was squashing cockroaches.
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Some of the comments here remind of how grateful I am to have attended a public high school with the balls to offer an elective course on the bible as literature.
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Statistical research shows that less than 10% of professing Christians have ever read the entire Bible. Most people that are slamming FSOG have never opened it, either. Perhaps if there were any reading going on AT ALL, there would be far less whining about it? I myself cracked open FSOG (unfortunately) and read a sample in a local bookstore. I'll say it wasn't for me. However, from the 13+ years of reading/being tested on the Bible in private consists of FAR more porn/"evil" than FSOG does.
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If we evolved from a single cell from the water then the f.s.o.g is very suitable. .....But since we didn't... reading the Bible is a much better read for our intelligent minds. 2 Chronicles 7:14
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I'm an atheist, but I would be far more insulted to find Fifty Shades of Grey in my hotel room than The Bible. The Bible only assumes I'm gullible. FSoG assumes I'm not only stupid, but sexually retarded (in the literal sense, not the offensive colloquial sense).

How about something that assumes I'm a thinking adult, like Douglas Hofstadter's "Gödel, Escher, Bach"?
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The UK is a secular society which is becoming evermore atheistic. We find public displays of religiosity tasteless and vulgar; no politician *ever* mentions religion or their belief in an imaginary friend precisely because they know it's a vote-loser.

The removal of a book of Bronze Age fairy tales, written by ignorant, uncivilised savages, from hotel rooms is just another reflection of the growing desire the country has to throw off the shackles of a demonstrably ridiculous Middle Eastern death cult, and embrace rationality and reality.

Hopefully in the not too distant future, the bible and all other "holy" books will only be able to be found as exhibits in anthropological displays in museums, as an embarrassing reminder of mankind's childish stupidity.
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How is having a bible in a hotel room "exclusionist" to non-Christians? Does it emit some kind of Hindu repelling force field? It's just a book made available to those who wish to read it. No one is being forced to read it or live by the doctrines derived from it.

How come I don't feel excluded by a seeing a portrait of the Sikh gurus when I go to an Indian restaurant?
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I so disagree. The bible is for everyone; God's word can free you from addictions and show you love. Erotica enslaves and poisons your mind, and often breaks trust in relationships. How about copies of The Princess Bride? Classic, funny, swordfights, romance.
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I'm all for getting rid of the bible in hotel rooms (offensive and exclusionist to non-Christians), but is this the best replacement out there?
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Mitch has a good point; probably traveling couples would both want to read 50 Shades Of Grey, but two people reading out of one book is inconvenient.
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