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Bible ancient-futurenetMy thanks to cyberfriend Lleweton for this news item.

On May 14, 2015, the Daily Express reported that Aberystwyth University will no longer place Gideon Bibles in student accommodation because they are

inappropriate in a multicultural university …

Those words did not come from a university spokesperson, however, but from Aberystwyth student John David Morgan.

He and another student, Daniel Brothers, are behind the move.

The Students’ Union conducted a poll to gauge support for the Bible restriction. Aberystwyth University has 10,000 students, but only five per cent of them turned up to participate. Although 63 per cent approved of the restriction, that was only 300 students.

The article refers to a ban, but it is a call for the routine placement of Bibles in every room to be stopped.

An earlier vote took place on campus last year, garnering a similar small participation with a huge negative result:

A survey of students at Pentre Jane Morgan halls of residence, conducted by Aberystwyth Students’ Union in 2014, found almost half felt the compulsory inclusion of the holy book placed in rooms by Christian evangelists Gideon International was “uncomfortable” or “unacceptable”.

It also reportedly found only four per cent stated their inclusion in rooms were a “good idea”.

But the Students’ Union has been blasted for passing a motion that gathered so few votes in its favour.

On its website, the Students’ Union said the 475 votes cast was “almost double the minimum requirement” as set out in their “democratic structure”.

A spokesperson added: “475 students voting is a higher number than any attendance at a democratic meeting and so we are delighted that we have managed to open up democratically to this extent.”

According to John David Morgan, students will still be able to request a Bible.

How long, though, before being seen reading one will be taboo?

As for Aberystwyth’s administration, the Huffington Post says:

The university said it would review the situation, pending on the SU vote.

Let’s hope they overturn the proposal, approved by such a small number of students.

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