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2012-07-08 03:36:11 AM
You can download the Qur'an, The Analects of Confucius and the Bhagavad Gita for less than US$5 combined. How long until someone tries to sue because the Kindle in their hotel room contained heathen books?
 
2012-07-08 03:41:30 AM
When the hotel Nikko was owned by Japaneese they'd put a copy of "Teachings of the Buddha" in the night stand. And yeah, we took that home.
 
2012-07-08 03:51:47 AM
I read an article about this earlier and I may not have understood it correctly, but didn't it say you had to ask for the Kindle from the front desk?

Somehow I thought the idea of having a Bible in your hotel room was to spontaneously prevent you from farking a hooker or committing suicide or doing drugs or ordering the PPV porn or whatever else it is people do in hotel rooms. It seems it ruins the whole thing if you have to call up the front desk and ask for your holy book.

And then I thought - who the fark pays for all those Gideon's Bibles? Gideon? Who the fark is Gideon? How many hotel rooms are there in this world and how does he manage to put one in every room? Well, maybe he doesn't get them into hotels in Afghanistan, but just in the US alone, that's gotta be a couple thousand hotel rooms at least (and yeah I underestimate on purpose because I have no clue as to how many hotel rooms are in the US).
 
2012-07-08 04:17:22 AM
Can I sample chapters by the ounce?
 
2012-07-08 04:50:59 AM

Happy Hours: I read an article about this earlier and I may not have understood it correctly, but didn't it say you had to ask for the Kindle from the front desk?

Somehow I thought the idea of having a Bible in your hotel room was to spontaneously prevent you from farking a hooker or committing suicide or doing drugs or ordering the PPV porn or whatever else it is people do in hotel rooms. It seems it ruins the whole thing if you have to call up the front desk and ask for your holy book.

And then I thought - who the fark pays for all those Gideon's Bibles? Gideon? Who the fark is Gideon? How many hotel rooms are there in this world and how does he manage to put one in every room? Well, maybe he doesn't get them into hotels in Afghanistan, but just in the US alone, that's gotta be a couple thousand hotel rooms at least (and yeah I underestimate on purpose because I have no clue as to how many hotel rooms are in the US).


Gideons International is a group of businessmen. They provide the bibles at their own expense (they buy in bulk, obviously). Each member pays 40 bucks a year for administrative overhead. The rest of funds come from donations.
 
2012-07-08 06:33:43 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Can I sample chapters by the ounce?


More importantly, can I cherry-pick?
 
2012-07-08 08:19:37 AM

FlyingLizardOfDoom: Gideons International is a group of businessmen. They provide the bibles at their own expense (they buy in bulk, obviously). Each member pays 40 bucks a year for administrative overhead. The rest of funds come from donations.




No way, they're Ninjas!


/I'm gonna capture a Gideon...
 
2012-07-08 09:33:11 AM

Happy Hours: but just in the US alone, that's gotta be a couple thousand hotel rooms at least (and yeah I underestimate on purpose because I have no clue as to how many hotel rooms are in the US).


Well there are almost 6,000 in the MGM Grand Las Vegas alone so yeah, I have no idea how they swing that.

"I want to capture a Gidean" - Bill Hicks
 
2012-07-08 09:55:13 AM
There are, I find, a surprising number of insanely wealthy people who own hotels who are also deeply religious.

I don't really understand why religion + boatloads of money = franchisee in hotel chain, but there you go.

//I work for a hotel that's listed in the Christian yellow pages.
///All of the church leaders who stay demand free nights, and are huge dicks.
 
2012-07-08 10:06:55 AM

ModernLuddite: I don't really understand why religion + boatloads of money = franchisee in hotel chain, but there you go.


because people who believe in god are stupid and easy to fool? selling false hopes later for money, now?

/why do you think Santorum (ewww!) constantly harps about god? it weeds the smart people out of the crowd but leaves him with the old, braindead, brainwashed, possibly wealthy, retired, dead-in-2-to-5 years crowd, after they vote for him!
//if you can get someone to listen to you about god you can get them to believe anything
 
2012-07-08 10:09:33 AM
You can get numerous translations of the entire Bible for free, so if you have any kind of reader, you just don't have to pay anything. I'm sure you can find the scriptures from about any other religion as well.

This sounds like kind of a "look we're high tech" stunt to me.
 
2012-07-08 10:16:08 AM

urban.derelict: ModernLuddite: I don't really understand why religion + boatloads of money = franchisee in hotel chain, but there you go.

because people who believe in god are stupid and easy to fool? selling false hopes later for money, now?


Touché.
 
2012-07-08 10:23:28 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Can I sample chapters by the ounce?


I see what you did there.
 
2012-07-08 10:55:03 AM
You can easily download the scriptures of pretty much every religion besides Scientology for free on the web. This has been true since the 1990s.
 
2012-07-08 11:21:26 AM
Can I download If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell?

This is important.
 
2012-07-08 11:37:46 AM

ModernLuddite: Touché.


Thanks.

They gotta be getting something out of it, 'above and beyond' (so sorry) simply 'offering' religious texts. The hotels probably give discounts to members similar to the atheist who sued Denny's* for offering discounts with a church bulletin; members of that church (nationwide, worldwide) can probably get discounts at those hotels. So if you get a 25% off if you're a 7th day adventis they still get 75% of your money.

/*not Denny's
//but yeah mostly stupid people
/if money is the root of all evil why do churches beg for it?
 
2012-07-08 11:40:22 AM
and (goddamnit)
lh6.googleusercontent.com

/staredad ROCKS -->
 
2012-07-08 11:46:32 AM

TheMysteriousStranger: You can easily download the scriptures of pretty much every religion besides Scientology for free on the web. This has been true since the 1990s.


Although many modern translations (i.e. "had sex with" rather than "went unto") are not legally available for free. Some of the free kindle books are crap Victorian "translations" of classic texts.

/then again, many churches will give you their religious text(s) for free if you ask. I received a very nice Koran just by asking for one.
//and the Krishnas will give you a beautiful Gita for S&H.
 
2012-07-08 12:02:16 PM

ModernLuddite: There are, I find, a surprising number of insanely wealthy people who own hotels who are also deeply religious.

I don't really understand why religion + boatloads of money = franchisee in hotel chain, but there you go.

//I work for a hotel that's listed in the Christian yellow pages.
///All of the church leaders who stay demand free nights, and are huge dicks.


They all keep one room premenantly empty in case a man comes in with a woman, and a donkey and says they really need it...
 
2012-07-08 12:02:56 PM
damn. permanently
 
2012-07-08 12:04:40 PM
I think my brain had the word prenatal in it when I wrote permanently as premenantly

/i`ll be over there
 
2012-07-08 12:12:03 PM
How do they intend to keep guests from taking Kindles in their rooms home with them? If guests regularly take towels and washcloths, surely they'll do the same with a Kindle.
 
2012-07-08 12:22:53 PM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: How do they intend to keep guests from taking Kindles in their rooms home with them? If guests regularly take towels and washcloths, surely they'll do the same with a Kindle.


Any place I check into asks for a credit card on file. You would just be buying a used Kindle.
 
2012-07-08 12:24:52 PM
According to amazon the gospel of the flying spaghetti monster kindle edition is $11.99.
any religious text my ass
 
2012-07-08 01:01:07 PM
Has anyone come in and complained about how this establishment is oppressing them by not automatically assuming everyone subscribes to their particular religion, or at least should? I need to know because the popcorn's not ready yet.
 
2012-07-08 02:26:51 PM
Any religious text, really? Can I get Dianetics?

/Scientology should buy up Super 8
 
2012-07-08 03:01:13 PM

whither_apophis: Any religious text, really? Can I get Dianetics?

/Scientology should buy up Super 8


Of course you can, for a small fee... but isn't being clear of alien souls worth it?
 
2012-07-08 03:02:51 PM
If I want a religious text, I'll bring it myself.
 
2012-07-08 04:27:03 PM
How much is the Necronomicon?
 
2012-07-08 04:35:00 PM
WTF is a £?
 
2012-07-08 04:37:47 PM

Scottybobotty: WTF is a £?


A currency still accessible to national monetary policies.
 
2012-07-08 04:38:02 PM

Scottybobotty: WTF is a £?


Something much better to have in your pocket than a € right now.
 
2012-07-08 05:09:40 PM

optikeye: When the hotel Nikko was owned by Japaneese they'd put a copy of "Teachings of the Buddha" in the night stand. And yeah, we took that home.


Read it, yes, but taking it home is going too far. If you like the book that much, buy your own copy and leave the one in the hotel room for the next traveler. The only time you should have a book in your home that came from a hotel is when the hotel drops a box of them off at the local used book store and you, subsequently, purchase it.
 
2012-07-08 05:11:06 PM
Oh and don't say you can't afford your own copy of the book when you're sleeping in a hotel versus trying to find a place to crash where you want be raped or arrested.
 
2012-07-08 05:12:07 PM
won't

darned early onset senility
 
2012-07-08 07:04:17 PM

Lunaville: optikeye: When the hotel Nikko was owned by Japaneese they'd put a copy of "Teachings of the Buddha" in the night stand. And yeah, we took that home.

Read it, yes, but taking it home is going too far. If you like the book that much, buy your own copy and leave the one in the hotel room for the next traveler. The only time you should have a book in your home that came from a hotel is when the hotel drops a box of them off at the local used book store and you, subsequently, purchase it.


I thought that the whole point of these groups putting religious texts in the hotel rooms was for outreach. They WANT you to take a copy home and read it more in depth. They'll gladly replace it with another copy if you do. The religious book at the hotel is the one thing in the room besides the little soaps and shampoos that you are SUPPOSED to take with you if you want it.
 
2012-07-08 07:19:14 PM
Repeat
 
2012-07-08 09:02:45 PM
But not free? People should not pay to access divinity. that is what churches and other religious institutions are for.
 
2012-07-08 09:07:18 PM
When my mother-in-law was given her Kindle, she and my Dad made sure to let everybody know that the first book they downloaded onto it was the Bible. And then the Kindle crashed and somehow erased all the books except for the Bible (I'm sure that's not what happened, but that's the story I was told), so now everybody's convinced it was a Kindle miracle, akin to the parting of the Atlantic Ocean and turning grapes in to wine or whatever the Hell it was that God could do.
 
2012-07-08 09:18:04 PM

JediKangaroo: You can download the Qur'an, The Analects of Confucius and the Bhagavad Gita for less than US$5 combined. How long until someone tries to sue because the Kindle in their hotel room contained heathen books?


The larger question is how long will it be until Amazon starts editing the bible and other religious works to more closely reflect the companies left lean?

Dont get me wrong, I am totally one of those "its a nice reference on morality but shouldn't be taken literally " kind of people, and I am all for editing the blood lust out of Islam and the farking stupidity out of Buddhism, BUT

It isnt really my call now is it? Kind of up to the religions followers....

Unless your Obama, then you can summon a bunch of religious leaders to the white house and think you can lecture them......that was awesome, someone give him a cape and put him on a tall building, that will take care of a few problems for us.
 
2012-07-08 09:37:07 PM
Top Amazon review of the Bible :

Most Helpful Customer Reviews1,279 of 1,335 people found the following review helpful

Comedy of Epic Proportions

Format:Paperback

This Comedy-Fantasy is one of my favorites to read when I'm having a bad day, along with the Monty Python and the Holy Grail transcript! King James is a comedic genius rivaling Ricky Gervais and will surely be remembered as such for generations to come.

The plot follows the antagonistic character God, an angsty old man hungry for power, who becomes bored in his isolation and so creates a magical world where he places a naked man and a woman, but neglects to tell them the difference between right and wrong. He puts a magic forbidden apple on a tree and places a magic snake to tempt the naked people to eat the magic apple, apparently forgetting that he forgot to teach them what it means to be "wrong" about trusting the snake and eating the apple- so they eat the apple, and then the fun really begins!

Follow God through the years as he overcomes obstacles such as figuring out how to kill off the human race, impregnating a married woman, and being generally disliked by the majority of the world's population!

With countless stories about incest, murder, rape, violence, and genocide OK'd by God, The Holy Bible is a laugh a minute! I just love that every hotel I visit already has The Holy Bible laid out for me, where I can easily reach it if I am feeling homesick and need a quick pick-me-up.

::SPOILER ALERT::

The character Satan fill's the role of God's avasary. Satan and God both enjoy killing people- in the end however, with his all-powerful and all-knowing magical powers, God racks up thousands of kills while Satan is barely able to boast a handful!

The next time you find yourself a hankerin' for a Saturday night box office comedy, consider a cheaper alternative. Stay home and read the Bible.
 
2012-07-08 10:42:32 PM
@Happy Hours: over 4.8 million hotel rooms in the U.S., at least in 2010.

@urban.derelict: Nope, there is no required discount associated with the Gideon bibles. They bring them to the hotels & we put them in the rooms, that's pretty much it - although Marriott properties are starting to put the Book of Mormon in their rooms instead. Many hotels will offer a general clergy discount, but that is not a requirement for having Gideon bibles in the rooms.

@Mad_Radhu: Yes, hotels are given extras to replace those taken by the guests. The Gideons want you to take them. I have several stacks sitting in the back room right now. Recently, though, it seems to have become popular to deface the bibles in hotel rooms, which can cause some seriously offended Christians to blame the hotel for it, for some reason... Like we can actually read through every bible every day, checking for marginalia.
 
2012-07-09 12:19:19 AM

MrHappyRotter: When my mother-in-law was given her Kindle, she and my Dad made sure to let everybody know that the first book they downloaded onto it was the Bible. And then the Kindle crashed and somehow erased all the books except for the Bible (I'm sure that's not what happened, but that's the story I was told), so now everybody's convinced it was a Kindle miracle, akin to the parting of the Atlantic Ocean and turning grapes in to wine or whatever the Hell it was that God could do.


That's funny, when my Kindle crashed all of my bookmarks got erased except for the porn.

The lord truly works in mysterious ways.
 
2012-07-09 12:19:38 AM
Hotels still include bibles in the rooms? I feel like it's been years since I've seen them.
 
2012-07-09 12:24:33 AM

thornhill: Hotels still include bibles in the rooms? I feel like it's been years since I've seen them.


I'm always happy they include them. The pages tend to make good rolling paper.
 
2012-07-09 12:38:24 AM

JediKangaroo: How long until someone tries to sue because the Kindle in their hotel room contained heathen books?


I'm sure that the housekeeping staff will receive the appropriate training so that whenever they turn over a room for a new guest, not only shall they change the bedsheets and clean the bathroom, but also drop to a root shell on the Kindle and rdist a fresh device image from corporate HQ.
 
2012-07-09 03:10:43 AM

Jgok: @urban.derelict: Nope, there is no required discount associated with the Gideon bibles. They bring them to the hotels & we put them in the rooms, that's pretty much it - although Marriott properties are starting to put the Book of Mormon in their rooms instead. Many hotels will offer a general clergy discount, but that is not a requirement for having Gideon bibles in the rooms.


oh so an overinflated tax deductable cost, and they're supporting whoever prints their flavor of religious wharble.

/those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.jpg
//this is hundreds of years old, people, get with the f*cking program you are slowing us the f*ck down
/church = tax free (money f*cking laundering) bank
//use drugs, develop religion to control
/prophet
 
2012-07-09 10:08:51 AM

Mad_Radhu: Scottybobotty: WTF is a £?

Something much better to have in your pocket than a € right now.


or a $
 
2012-07-10 03:53:55 PM
It strikes me as a little silly. If you're so very devout that when you're traveling and staying in a hotel that you'll need access to a copy of your religion's holy text (either by download or traditional paper book), wouldn't it be a big enough deal that you'd have packed your own copy rather than just relied on one being available or risk that it wouldn't be?

If they really wanted to be helpful to travelers (and offer an equal benefit to Atheist guests as well as religious ones), they would just offer your choice of ANY kindle book under 5 pounds.
 
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