Thu., May 16, 2013 7:12am (EDT)

Bibles Back In State Park Lodges
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered the Department of Natural Resources to return Bibles that were removed from cabins and lodges at state parks. In a statement Wednesday, Deal said the state isn't violating any laws by having the Bibles in the cabins and lodge rooms. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/stian_olsen/2576262612/>Stian Olsen via Flickr</a>.)
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered the Department of Natural Resources to return Bibles that were removed from cabins and lodges at state parks. In a statement Wednesday, Deal said the state isn't violating any laws by having the Bibles in the cabins and lodge rooms. (Photo Courtesy of Stian Olsen via Flickr.)
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered the Department of Natural Resources to return Bibles that were removed from cabins and lodges at state parks.

In a statement Wednesday, Deal said the state isn't violating any laws by having the Bibles in the cabins and lodge rooms because they've weren't paid for by the state and have been donated by outside groups.

The Bibles were removed after a guest expressed concerns and WAGA-TV reported Department of Natural Resources management instructed staff to remove the bibles from the rooms while the issue was under investigation.

Deal says he does not believe Bibles being placed in bedside drawers is a state establishment of religion. The governor says any religious group is welcome to donate literature.