No Way: Hotel Replaces Bibles With Copies Of ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’
12:15 pm, July 25th | by Laura Donovan
The Damson Dene Hotel in England is breaking away from the tradition of placing Bibles in room nightstands and instead sticking copies of E.L. James’s wildly popular book in the drawers. But don’t conclude this is an attack on religion or some sex worship of some sort. Hotel owner Jonathan Denby, who purchased the hotel from Methodists ten years ago, has been thinking about replacing the Bibles for a while. He actually first considered putting in political pick, “Atlas Shrugged”:
“[But] because everybody is reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ we thought it would be a hospitable thing to do, to have this available for our guests, especially if some of them were a little bit shy about buying it because of its reputation.”
But of course not everyone is keen on the change. Rev. Michael Woodcock finds it highly offensive:
“It is a great shame that Bibles have been removed from rooms and very inappropriate to have been replaced by an explicit erotic novel. The Bible remains a source of comfort and inspiration that many people do find helpful.”
I tend to agree, especially since Bibles can feel like sources of protection in creepy hotels. Luckily, the place is keeping Bibles in stock in case customers express a desire to have that instead…or both. That’s the beauty of life: You can be a fan of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy and scripture!