Students at a Welsh university have voted to end a tradition of putting Bibles in their halls of residence in the name of ‘multiculturalism’. Those studying at Aberystwyth University – which Prince Charles once attended – want to end the long-running practice of putting Gideon Bibles in dorm rooms at the start of term. The Students’ Union at the west Wales institution claim the policy could be ‘offensive’ to non-Christians, but Bible groups have branded the ban ‘illiberal’. A motion passed at a meeting of the Union called for all Bibles to be removed from halls of residence bedrooms at the end of the current academic year and students to instead be given an option to request a religious text if they want one.
University bosses with now decide whether to accept the students’ demands. Speaking at the meeting, John Morgan, who put forward the motion, said: ‘Compulsory inclusion of Bibles in university bedrooms is inappropriate in a multicultural university such as Aberystwyth. ‘It could be offensive for some, and university should provide a safe space for students to explore and develop their beliefs in a neutral environment.’ MORE