Old news: Travelodge has no Bibles
The Voice of UK faith-heads – the Daily Mail – has worked itself into a lather over a story that has whiskers.
The hotel chain Travelodge is the target of its latest “anti-Christian” rant. The paper yesterday ran this shock-horror headline:
This set the Internet ablaze, with bloggers all using the link to the Mail report (there are no other reports of this “news”) to relay this ghastly development to their followers.
Even “Lady Pauline Maria, an Intuitive Visionary praying for Global Peace and Healing” got in on the act. She was moved to pen this bit of incomprehensible drivel:
The rise fo (sic) people returning to Christ is with those who are going against Christ and those who are misleading the sheep to maintain their blindness – many already have been led to slaughter.
But as far back as February it was known that Travelodge had dispensed with Bibles: This from outraged “Bus Traveller Phil” on Trip Advisor:
A good location. Like many I have found the ‘help’ pages within a hotel Gideon bible immensely valuable, yet no bibles are, I was told by the Manager now allowed within Travel Lodge hotels.
They have literally been removed as a result of Travel Lodge corporate decree. When I pointed out that in a cathedral city such as York there would be many Christian tourists and that many of Travel Lodges competitors have not banned bibles she was very nice and sympathetic … but she explained had no discretion to allow bibles to be reintroduced. This seems utterly wrong.
This is Britain, not China or some regime in which such freedoms are not permitted.
I arrange numerous seminars and courses for corporate clients and whilst this policy lasts will now opt for Premier Inn or others for their future bookings.
People are also yakking about it on the Digital Spy forum. “Robin of Loxley” commented:
Bible pages are useful when you run out of Rizlas or want to snort some Coke.
You know how these late night hotel parties get …
What IS news that the US Navy is putting Bibles are going back into its lodges after the Navy Exchange had ordered all religious material should be removed them from its worldwide network of military hotels.
Hat tip: Angela K and BarrieJohn