Governor Nathan Deal says the state plans to return Bibles to guest cabins and lodge rooms at Georgia parks.
Department of Natural Resources managers recently ordered the removal of Bibles while a final decision was made on the response to a citizen complaint about the presence of Bibles on state property.
The Bibles traditionally have been placed in guest rooms at Georgia's six lodges and dozens of rental cabins.
Governor Deal addressed the issue at the state Capitol late Wednesday morning.
"Our commissioner took that as a preemptive effort to try to avoid litigation. I have been in contact with our attorney general's office. I do not favor the removal of bibles from these public facilities in the state of Georgia. It is our intention, based on the guidance we will be given by the attorney general, to replace those bibles in those facilities," said Deal.
Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams said he made decision to remove the Bibles in an attempt to be cautious. They were still available to guests on requests at front offices.
"We never had the Bibles taken off state parks. We asked for them to be brought to the front office or the welcome station until we had a time to confer with legal. I fully support the governor's decision this morning.
The governor said that he expected the Bibles to be returned quickly. Deal said that he and the state attorney general have agreed that the state is on firm legal footing returning the Bibles to state lodges and cabins.
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