Bible Challenge Takes New Twist in Ga. Parks

August 14, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on Bible Challenge Takes New Twist in Ga. Parks

Ed Buckner, the Georgia atheist who became immersed in a firestorm earlier this summer when he asked the state to remove Bibles from state park lodges and cabins.

The controversy surrounding the display of Bibles in Georgia state park lodges and cabins is about to resurface.

Atlanta Freethought Society President Rick Pace announced Tuesday (Aug. 13) that there has been “a delay in contributing books to counter Bibles in Georgia’s state parks because of an arbitrary requirement for hard-back books,” according to a news release.

But, Pace added, “Ed Buckner will be delivering books from two national groups to two state parks on Wednesday.” Buckner will deliver books to Red Top Mountain State Park near Cartersville at about 10 a.m. and to A. H. Stephens State Park near Crawfordville at about 2 p.m.

Books for this purpose have been donated by two groups: American Atheists, including “Faith Fear Fact Fantasy” by the late Dr. John Henderson. Leather-bound copies of “The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible”, annotated by Steve Wells, have also been donated by SAB Books LLC of Moscow, Idaho.

Buckner, chairman of AFS’s Activism Task Force and former president of American Atheists, had tried (and briefly succeeded) to get Bibles removed without fanfare or lawsuits. But Gov. Nathan Deal insisted the Bibles be returned to the state-owned cottages and lodge rooms, and controversy has swirled ever since. Labels in the books being donated credit the governor with inviting the donations.

Controversy over this will likely continue, as American Atheists, SAB Books and AFS expect to donate more books to other Georgia parks in the future.

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