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May 16, 2013 11:00 PM by Tony Spehar

Georgia governor engaged in Bible dispute

ATLANTA (AP) - Every day across America, people check into private hotels and resorts and find a Gideon Bible in the nightstand.

But when Ed Buckner saw nine of them in his cabin at a Georgia state park, he became concerned and complained.

Buckner saw the Bibles' presence as a violation of the separation of church and state, and the state Attorney General agreed to investigate. But because Georgia did not pay for the books, the AG ruled that the state was on firm legal ground.

On Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal ordered the Bibles returned. Deal's action sparked a string of comments on social media and captured the attention of local news television stations. It also prompted some to ponder why this hasn't been more of an issue in the U.S. before.

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