A British hotel has replaced the ubiquitous nightstand Bible with something a bit more modern: "Fifty Shades Of Grey."
The irony is that the Damson Dene Hotel, located in England’s Lake District, was purchased from a Methodist group 10 years ago, reports MSNBC. Its owner, Jonathan Denby, apparently thought it inappropriate to distribute Bibles in today's secular society.
"'Fifty Shades of Grey' is all that people are talking about at the moment, but I know that some are too shy to buy it for themselves," hotel manager Wayne Bartholomew told the Daily Mail. "I thought it would be a special treat for our guests to find it in their bedside cabinet and that includes the men too."
Local vicar The Rev Michael Woodcock has spoken out against the move, according to The Telegraph.
"It is a shame that the Bible has been taken out," he told the paper. "But I am sure it will be put back in the future. The more attention that is drawn to this the more bad publicity it gets."
But, maybe it's not so different after all?
"The Bible is a great read. It contains stories which feature sex and violence, as well as comedy, tragedy, poetry, and prose. Its themes are eternal; they still speak directly into people's lives centuries after it was written," a member of The Bible Society told the Daily Mail.
If that doesn't work out, travelers can still tuck into a copy of "Fifty Shades of Grey" onboard Virgin Atlantic flights.
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