Bibles make students feel ‘uncomfortable’
Aberystwyth University students pushing for thousands of Gideon Bibles to be removed from the premises.
According to the Christian Institute, a poll conducted by the students’ union claims that more than half of students felt that having the Bibles in university accommodation as a matter of course was “uncomfortable” or “unacceptable”.
The call to ban Bibles mirrors action by the University of Huddersfield in 2013 – it said it wanted its premises to be “ethically neutral”.
Student John David Morgan raised the matter at a student council meeting that 50 people attended in January. He claimed that:
The inclusion of Bibles in university bedrooms is inappropriate in a multicultural university such as Aberystwyth.
It could be offensive for some, and the university should provide a safe space for students to explore and develop their beliefs in a neutral environment.
A spokesman for The Christian Institute said:
It is hard to imagine how a person could actually be offended by a Bible simply being in their room. The Gideons have been supplying Bibles free of charge for over a century now, providing support and encouragement for Christians and non-Christians alike. Banning the Bible because some people might be uncomfortable with it would be a huge overreaction.
Students who feel uncomfortable having a Bible in their room could instead see this as an opportunity to try and engage with it. Local evangelical churches and the Christian Union will be only too happy to help them.
The University of Huddersfield’s decision to remove Bibles from its student accommodation was branded “anti-Christian” by a retired local minister, Revd Mike Smith.
The motion calls for all of the Bibles in university bedrooms to be removed at the end of the current academic year.
A while back we reported on the disappearance of Bibles from the Travelodge chain.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn