Source: Sun Times
The world’s largest hotel company will no longer place Bibles or the Book of Mormon in rooms of its newly constructed and to-be constructed hotels. In its new Moxy and Edition hotels, which are millennial-oriented brands, Marriott International recently announced that despite carrying the Bible and the Book of Mormon in its other hotels, the religious books will not be supplied in the rooms. “It’s because the religious books don’t fit the personality of the brands,” Marriott spokeswoman Felcia Farrar McLemore said. Marriott International isn’t the only hotel company to stop the practice. According to a recent study by hospitality analytics company STR found that the percentage of hotels that offer religious books has fallen in the past 10 years, from 95 percent in 2006 to only an estimated 48 percent in 2016. The hotel industry has also been pressured by non-religious groups to stop carrying religious material. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is a nonprofit group dedicated to the separation of church and state, asked 15 major hotel companies to take Bibles out of their rooms last year. So far, Marriott International has opened nine Moxy hotels with 40 more under construction or in the planning phase and has opened four Edition hotels, with nine more scheduled to open in the near future.