Scottish Student Group Wants to Remove Bibles from Student Rooms

April 15, 2005

Source: BBC News

On April 15, 2005 BBC News reported, "A students' association has called for the Bible to be removed from more than 2,000 university rooms because it could offend non-Christians. Stirling University Students' Association (SUSA) wants the Gideons Bibles taken out of all student rooms. Students said providing the Bible in all university accommodation was 'presumptuous' and offensive to different religions on the campus. The university would not comment until SUSA submits its request next month. A motion to have the Bibles removed was passed by 15-1 at a recent student council meeting. Seven members abstained. The council said representing one faith was not in the spirit of equality and cited the Scottish Executive's One Scotland Many Cultures campaign. SUSA president Al Wilson said...'So we are trying to encourage the university to still retain the Bibles within the buildings themselves but not necessarily in the rooms.' SUSA wants other faith texts provided to create a campus of 'great diversity.'"