Sheraton, Westin, Starwood Hotels Putting 300,000 Bibles, Books of Mormon in Hotel Rooms | 8/27/2018 | Staff
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As many as 300,000 copies of the Bible and the Book of Mormon are expected to be placed in Sheraton, Westin, and other Starwood hotels by the year's end.

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The Associated Press reported that Marriott International, which bought Starwood two years ago, has begun the process of adding in the Bibles, which are supplied for free by Gideons International.

The move is part of Marriott's initiative to put Bibles in the rooms of its 6,500 properties, a tradition that goes back to the late 1950s.

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The company's namesake founding family is active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is why the Book of Mormon is added along with the Bible.

Marriott said in a statement that it does not receive much opposition to its hotel-room Bibles.

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"There are many guests who are not digitally connected who appreciate having one or both of these books available. It's a tradition appreciated by many, objected to by few," the company argued.


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Still, some secular organizations, such as The Freedom from Religion Foundation, have in the past campaigned against Bibles being distributed in hotel rooms.

In late 2015, FFRF advocated for all such Bibles to be replaced with copies of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species.

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FFRF has accused Gideons International of "exploiting hotels and motels to proselytize a captive...
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