Gideons International

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Gid′eons Interna′tional


n.
an interdenominational lay society organized in 1899 to place Bibles in hotel rooms. Formerly, Gid′eon Soci`ety.
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Education officials in Rushville, Ohio, have agreed to stop allowing the Gideons to distribute Bibles to fifth graders, after receiving a complaint from a parent.
In a similar case from Alabama, officials with the public school system in Limestone County have agreed to stop allowing the Gideons to distribute Bibles in school.
The Gideons were among about 150 people from 17 churches and synagogues in the Santa Clarita Valley who trooped around Newhall as part of a fund-raiser sponsored by the Santa Clarita Interfaith Council.
The Gideons have acted as systems consultants for leading financial firms including JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Goldman and Sachs & Co.
Nixon's son told him that the principal had summoned all the fifth and sixth graders into the auditorium for an assembly, where they were given New Testaments by a local insurance agent who is active in the Gideons, an evangelical Christian organization that distributes Bibles to the public.
Antolick confirmed that the Gideons had distributed Bibles in the school, said it happens annually and stated that he did not believe it was a violation of the law.
Residents had complained that the Gideons asked bus drivers to distributes Bibles to the children and on one occasion arranged to have the drivers take the buses to a private park where children were discharged and given Bibles.