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Hotel replaces Bible with Fifty Shades of Grey

What do you keep in your bedside table drawer? Maybe a flashlight? Some reading glasses? A secret sex toy?

For many, this drawer is a hiding spot for sexy secrets. But not hotels. In hotels, it's usually the most pious place in the room, housing the Gideon Bible.

Unless, the hotel in question is the Damson Dene Hotel in England's Lake District.

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The inn has removed its bedside Bibles and replaced them with E.L. James' steamy "mommy porn" book, Fifty Shade of Grey.

The hotel's owner, Jonathan Denby, bought the establishment from Methodists nearly a decade ago and says he's been looking for a replacement for the Bible.

"I was thinking originally of putting in a book by Ayn Rand — 'Atlas Shrugged' was my first thought," Mr. Denby told NBC News.

"(But) because everybody is reading 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' we thought it would be a hospitable thing to do, to have this available for our guests, especially if some of them were a little bit shy about buying it because of its reputation."

Of course, some might argue that Mr. Denby's decision isn't really all that immoral since most hotels already offer a full gamut of adult films on TV. And, plus, the Bible isn't void of sexy scenes itself. There is certainly a whole lot less "begat-ing" in Fifty Shades of Grey.

But some religious figures are frowning at the hotel's actions.

"It is a great shame that Bibles have been removed from rooms and very inappropriate to have been replaced by an explicit erotic novel," Rev. Michael Woodcock told The Telegraph.

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(Interestingly, neither the hotel owner nor the vicar have read the bondage-laden book.)

He added that he believes the hotel will eventually return the Bible to its rightful place, in the dusty, neglected bedside table drawer.

But it seems the most outspoken reaction has actually been from across the pond.

"Interestingly, we've had a lot of e-mails from the States, quoting scripture at us, presumably from the Bible Belt," Mr. Denby told the Vancouver Sun.

Would you be offended or intrigued if you found a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey during your next hotel stay?

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Madeleine White is the Assistant National Editor for The Globe and Mail. She has been with the Globe since 2011 and previously worked in the Globe's Video and Features departments, covering topics ranging from fitness and health to real estate to indigenous education. More

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