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Bishop boycotts godless hotel chain

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12:09 CEST+02:00
A northern Swedish bishop is heading a campaign to boycott Scandic Hotels following the group's decision to remove copies of the Bible from its rooms. Bishop Tony Guldbrandzén has decided to cancel all reservations made by the diocese of Härnösand with the Swedish-owned hotel chain.

The bishop's office has so far made around one hundred cancellations for the month of May, which is the time of year when the diocesan council is due to meet.

"We want to make it clear that we don't like Scandic's decision to take away the Bible from hotel rooms," said Bishop Guldbrandzén in a statement.

He hopes that the boycott will lead to a rethink from Scandic's management.

"It is important that the Bible is in the rooms so that people have the chance to spontaneously begin reading it. Most people won't go down to reception and stand in line to have a read," said the bishop.

He also added that he has no problem with other religious texts being made available in hotel rooms.

"The Koran and other religious writings could also be made available in the rooms. We are in favour of religious freedom, whereby access to religion is preferable to its absence," said Bishop Guldbrandzén.

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