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Gideons provide a valuable service.
There was a time in America when men who had failed would go to hotel rooms and blow their brians out with their pistols, even before the days of the overdose. Phones and televisions weren't located in every room, so a despondent person could find themselves detached from the world, and then kill himself. Nowadays, there are phones, cable, and internet connections.|
Partially in response, the Gideons began a campaign to assure that each hotel/motel room in the USA had a bible, a Gideon Bible (old and new testament). It certainly had some impact on lives who connected with it at the most cricical points of saddness in their lives. And when the families came to claim the bodies, those on the scene could say that each room comes with a Gideon Bible, thereby sidestepping any implication that they could have done more to help the troubled soul. It sounds a little bit humorous, but there's a very serious business side to it. Motels are often the localation chosen by someone for suicide because it offers a private place away from the family.
If yet another salesman blows his brains out when there's a Gideon Bible in the nightstand, no one from the local church will blame the motel owners.
If the Gitmo prisoners had written their names, prayers schedules, or prayers themselves onto the Korans provided, then it would make the Koran they were using a more personal item than if they had not.