Knock, Knock…It’s Me, Curious George

February 11, 2008 at 2:47 am 6 comments

**I apologize now for anything said in this post that may be offensive in the religious sense.** 

 

I have a question.  

 

This particular question has been burning a hole in my skull over the last few days and I’m not really sure why or even what brought it on.  I have this tendency to think of the weirdest, most random thoughts that have zero relation to what I am doing at the moment and spend a majority of the day thinking about them with attempts to figure them out.

 

Now, call me a dim wit for not knowing the answer to this question and if it’s supposed to be something that obvious, I simply just don’t get it and would like to understand.

 

Why is it that in every hotel, motel & bed and breakfast I have ever been to, there has been a Bible in the night stand drawer?  I don’t mean to sound daft here, but I thought that any hard core religious person out there, would carry their own Bible with them wherever they go.  I took my curious brain to a few other people and asked them if they knew why this was.  No one was really sure.

 

Now, the burning question is this.  Why is there only the Bible in there and no other books, etc for other religions in those drawers?  Personally I would find it interesting to read up on other religions.

 

I am not religious and I have my reasons why, which I will get into at a later date.  I believe that there is ‘something’ out there, but what that something is, I just don’t know.  However, I am extremely open minded to learning about other peoples beliefs and have no issues with whatever a person chooses to believe, provided they don’t push their religion upon me and respect me for my beliefs.  

 

It’s only fair, right?

 

Has anyone else ever wondered this, or am I the only one?  Now, don’t shoot me for being slow, but isn’t having ONLY the Bible in the drawer somewhat conceded to a point?  I mean, not everyone who stays in those rooms believe in that particular God, correct?  So why not have the options there or maybe none at all?  Whatever you happen to believe in, you should bring your own books, etc.  Why IS the Bible there anyway?  Is it some form of intimidation?  Is it a comfort thing?  Personally, I think the only books that should be in there are the phone book, hotel directory and anything else related to the hotel/motel, etc.  Now, I know if these places were to provide religious paraphernalia to suit everyone’s needs/preferences, they would have to install book shelves or possibly walk-in closets to hold everything.  

 

I just don’t see the point of having a Bible in every room.  If you are that hardcore, you wouldn’t forget to have your Bible with you in the first place.  It would be like a Muslim during prayer time and forgetting/misplacing (for arguments sake) their prayer mat.  Do the hotels have them conveniently tucked away in a drawer for them to use?  No, they have to bring their own.

 

Now, I am not trying to offend anyone by letting my mushy brain ponder this topic, and if I have, I am deeply sorry.  I am simply trying to understand why this is?  If anyone has an answer or theory for me (I am always up for theories) I am more than willing to listen.  If I sound at all narrow minded, help me to expand it.

 

Thoughts and opinions are welcome, but let’s keep it civil please.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. shirhashirim  |  February 11, 2008 at 4:31 am

    It depends. The most famous hotel-bibles -the Gideons Bible- are there to be stolen. Really, I’m not joking. They’r a missionary society that provide free bibles to hotels and will replace any stolen bibles.
    In the last hotel I went to I found a new testament in Hebrew. Now that’s a curiosity and since it wasn’t a Gideons, I asked the hotel management if I could take it (I know Hebrew).
    The most simple reason for putting bibles in hotels I found in Iran. There are no bibles there, but in every hotel you’ll find a Koran, a praying mat and a small clay stone that shiite musims use to put their forehead on while praying. Every hotel room also has an indication opf the qibla (which way is Mekka?). The reason is simple: the parafernalia are there so people won’t have to carry them around.

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  • 2. Hules  |  February 11, 2008 at 5:21 am

    Muslims do not always have their prayer mat with them (as I am good friends with a Muslim woman and have watched her pray many many times, as mats are not always practical). She usually has a copy of her Qur’an (she actually gave me one as well, as I was curious) with her when she is away from home. But not always. I know she believes her God is with her at all times, and that brings her more peace then anything else in this world.

    I do not find the bibles in the rooms offensive at all. I believe that if it can bring some comfort to certain folks – then it is up to them to open the drawer and pull it out to read. In all my travels, I have never felt that someone was pushing ‘God’ onto me. It is up to me if I open that drawer or not and whether I choose to read the passages. Now, it’s one of the first things I look for when staying at an inn/hotel/motel, just to see if it was stolen or not. lol I do not believe in God – so it means very little to me whether there are bibles nearby or not. I still have my 2 bibles I received for my First Communion tucked away, so if visitors to my home would like a crack at the bible – all they have to do is ask. =) hehe If guests are that uncomfortable with having bibles in the rooms, then all they need to do take it to the front desk. IMO, it is whatever works for the individual soul.

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  • 3. cheekybuddha  |  February 11, 2008 at 11:58 am

    If Bibles are in hotels to steal, isn’t that a sin? LOL. You would think that they would leave a little note saying, “Please Take”. That’s interesting! I have heard of people having a Bible charged to their room, along side the costs of that in the mini bar.

    I have no issues with Bibles being in the rooms either, I am just curious as to why there isn’t other religious paraphernalia there as well? We DO live in a multicultural society where not everyone is Christian or Catholic, etc.

    To me, it just seems that our Country assumes that the majority of it believe and read the Bible and that’s it. So why not have other religious items in the rooms as well? OR would that be a cause to offend those who don’t believe in anything BUT the Bible? I know a few people who cannot fathom why someone does not believe in God, as in their eyes there is no other and have been quite offended that our society is as multicultural as it is.

    I try my best to see things from all sides and I appreciate the comments!

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  • 4. Hules  |  February 11, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    LOL – charging a bible along with the mini bar. That’s funny.
    Now, the real question is – would it cost more then the mini-Toblerone that is insanely priced?

    Hmmmmmm….

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  • 5. juliafaye  |  February 12, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Hey, thanks for blogrolling me! How did you find me? 🙂

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  • 6. cheekybuddha  |  February 12, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Hey Julia,
    I was scrolling through blogs (as I do every now and then) and there yours was! It can be hard to come across decent blogs to read and when I do, I blogroll.

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