It is absolutely incredible the lengths to which some religious right folks will go to create the fake appearance of persecution, and no one is more dishonest about it than the Worldnutdaily. They’re up in arms about the University of Edinburgh in Scotland allowing a pagan group to hold a conference at the university after, the Worldnutdaily claims, they previously instituting a “ban on Bibles” at the university:
Scotland’s University of Edinburgh, after proposing a ban on Bibles and denying a Christian campus group the right to hold a conference on the immorality of homosexuality, has extended the welcome mat to the school’s Pagan Society to hold its annual meeting on campus next month….
In 2005, WND reported plans to begin banning Bibles from Edinburgh student halls of residence due to concern they are the source of discrimination against students of other faiths.
The part about banning Bibles is an absurd lie. Here’s that 2005 article, which was actually headlined University To Ban Bibles. And here is the first paragraph:
Edinburgh University in Scotland will begin banning Holy Bibles from its student halls of residence due to concern they are the source of discrimination against students of other faiths.
Those who actually bothered to read down past the headline found out that this was a “ban on bibles” at all; the university had only decided not to allow the Gideons to place a Bible in every dorm room before students moved in:
A Gideon Bible is traditionally placed in the room of all new students, and there are currently about 2,000 bibles in the Pollock Halls campus near Holyrood Park. Gideons International has handed out 63 million Bibles worldwide in places such as hotels, prisons and hospitals.
Since the school has students from 120 countries and all different faith backgrounds, officials believe that the distribution of Bibles could be offensive to some students.
Ruth Cameron, an advocate of the removal of Bibles from the campus, and the student association president said, “The student association strongly believes in the importance of ensuring that students of all faiths feel at home in their university accommodation,” she said.
Well now that’s quite different from “banning Holy Bibles from its student halls of residence.” Imagine for a moment that a university allowed a Muslim group to come in and place copies of the Quran in every dorm room prior to students moving in. Forget any talk about freedom of religion, the Worldnutdaily would be all but calling the university terrorists. And if the university decided not to allow it, you can be damn sure that the Worldnutdaily would not be accusing them of “banning the Quran.” There appears to be no limit to just how deceitful these people can be when it suits their agenda.