Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal last week ordered the state Department of Natural Resources to return bibles that were removed from cabins and lodges at state parks after a guest complained about them.
In a statement, Deal said the state isn’t violating any laws by having bibles in the cabins and lodge rooms because they’ve weren’t paid for with state money 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 them from the rooms while the issue was under investigation.
“Our commissioner took that as a pre-emptive effort to try to avoid litigation,” Deal said, adding that he consulted with the state Attorney General before ordering the bibles placed back in the cabins and lodges.