Religion: The Bible Givers

Though U.S. hotels and motels now come equipped with TV, swimming pools and cellophane-wrapped drinking glasses, one thing about them is still the same: in the top desk drawer of each room, there is almost sure to be a black-bound King James Bible. Last week the organization that puts most of the Bibles there, Gideons International, wound up its 63rd annual convention in Pittsburgh, happily celebrating a major milestone. Since the Gideons first began to "Bible" the nation in 1908, they have given away more than 50 million copies to hotels, hospitals, prisons, trains, ships and schools. They passed out over...

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