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Hotel swaps books

Anglican church leaders condemned a Crosthwaite, Britain, hotel manager's decision to replace room copies of the Gideon Bible with Fifty Shades of Grey (Vintage, 2012).

Vicar Michael Woodcock told The Telegraph of London that it was "very inappropriate to have [Bibles] replaced by an explicit erotic novel."

In response, Wayne Bartholomew, manager of the Damson Dene Hotel, said the Bible "is full of references to sex and violence, although it's written using more formal language, so [E.L.] James' book is easier to read."

Bartholomew said Bibles are still available, upon request, at the reception desk.


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