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ST. GEORGE — After receiving a complaint from a guest, the Dixie State University Inn removed all religious texts from its rooms over the summer.
A guest staying at the inn made a complaint after discovering two copies of the Book of Mormon in her room and a Bible in another room during a different stay, according to Freedom From Religion Foundation, which takes legal action challenging the involvement of religion and government.
The foundation then reached out to DSU President Richard “Biff” Williams to address the issue through a letter dated June 14.
“It is a fundamental principle of Establishment Clause jurisprudence that a government entity cannot promote, advance, or otherwise endorse religion,” wrote Christopher Line from Freedom From Religion Foundation in the letter addressed to Williams.
“If a state-run university has a policy of providing religious texts to all guests, that policy facilitates illegal endorsement of Christianity and Mormonism over minority religions and nonreligion.”