The Bible vs. Porn

July 24th, 2012 by Bob Bly

A hotel in England has replaced the Bibles in its rooms with copies of Fifty Shades of Grey, a graphically explicit erotic novel.

In what to me is a surprise shocker, of 12,461 online readers polled by NBC News, 44% said the erotic novel belonged in the hotel rooms, while only 36% chose the Bible (20% voted “neither”).

I would think parents on vacation would not want their kids to find erotica in the room. I certainly wouldn’t.

Yes, I know erotic movies are available on the hotelĀ  TV system — but I am against that too.

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15 responses about “The Bible vs. Porn”

  1. Derek Rice said:

    What the hell, England?! Good grief, and people criticize the US for OUR declining moral values?! Very surprised that 44% said it belongs in the rooms. That’s a lot of horny housewives!

  2. Braden Talbot said:

    First, great headline. Very clickable.

    Second, I don’t read either. But I wonder how this benefits the hotel. Why did they do it? Is there any proof this increases booking or customer satisfaction?

  3. Ryan Healy said:

    Crazy. But I guess I’m not too surprised. England seems even more godless then America. (Although it’s a race that’s too close to call.)

    It’s bad enough that erotica has gained such a toe-hold in mainstream America… but I’m still surprised that Fifty Shades of Grey pulled it off.

    One day, while looking for some crime fiction on Amazon, I finally clicked on the Fifty Shades of Grey link. I’d seen it more than a dozen times in the bestseller column, and I wasn’t sure what it was about.

    Reading the reviews, it didn’t take me long to figure it out. The reviews I thought were especially enlightening (and funny) were all the 1-star reviews.

    Some readers have gone to great lengths to show how poorly written the books are. I got a kick out of that.

  4. ElaineW said:

    My spec is, it’s a publicity stunt to attract more guests. Once 50SOG is off the bestseller lists, Gideon or some new page-turner will take its place.

  5. Ron Tracy said:

    Disgusting really. Apparently morality does have a price. When business tosses public welfare aside in favor of personal fantasy and financial gain, it a slippery slope as to what comes next. Perhaps the concierge can double as a call girl.

  6. Brian Croner said:

    I’m with you Bob.

  7. Kent said:

    Bible prediction is always accurate, this is just part of what Bible mentions. The world is getting chaos.

    I agree with Brian, I am with you too.

  8. Melzetta "Mele" Williams said:

    Disgusting.

  9. ShawnM said:

    For that matter, why not provide copies of the Torah, Koran, Bhagavad Gita, Tao Te Ching, Dhammapada, or even the Age of Reason by Thomas Paine? Maybe then we wouldn’t be so narrow minded as to assume the world revolves around one book or one belief system.

    Better yet, why not let us bring our own reading materials and make our own decisions?

  10. Jim said:

    Kudos to them. Quite honestly I’m sick of having christianity shoved down my throat at all sides. If you want to be a christian, then be a christian to your hearts desire but know that most of the world are not christians. In fact, between Buddhists and Muslims, that makes up nearly 70% of the world’s religious practices. Not entirely sure why they would choose “50 shades of grey” though. I probably would have opted for Homer’s Iliad or something else actually worth reading. Just my .02.

  11. ARIAKA said:

    I never even noticed the bibles in hotel rooms, if I do, reading a passage takes me to sleep sooner. An offering of erotica is a welcome option. You know, to give options to the guests. The moralizing with the bible has been overtaken by time. It puts many people off now.

  12. Marketing mike said:

    Clearly a piece of viral marketing which will certainly work for a subset of the kind of people I would not want to share a hotel with!
    And there is the issue – it not only promotes – it polarizes opinion which is always good for viral spread but finally it qualifies the type of customer who will respond positively. (and scare the rest of us away!)

    Since I live in england, perhaps you can tell me where to avoid!

    As for the US hotels, the last time I went to San Diego (the hardrock), they did not even have a kettle in the room! – So civilization has certainly yet to spread that far, so maybe both bibles and porn are beyond them.

  13. Susanna K. Hutcheson said:

    Although it’s been ages since I read the bible and I’ve not read the book to which you refer, I recall a good deal of violence and sex and woman hating and abuse in the former. It was quite a turn off to me as a child and a woman. I can’t imagine anything being too much more offensive. But one can always hide something away if they fear for their kids. I mean, isn’t that what parents are sort of for?

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