Fun with Gideon
Our military correspondent G.I. James (a.k.a. Major Woody) sent me a very cool “bible warning” atheist tract idea for all to enjoy and annoy.
James was so inspired by the humor of this viral internet joke that he decided to create the actual stickers. He transcribed the exact text to a Microsoft Word document and formatted it to print on Avery #5262 address label sheets.
Each sticker reads:
WARNING: This is a work of fiction. Do NOT take it literally.
CONTENT ADVISORY: Contains verses descriptive of or advocating suicide, incest, bestiality, sadomasochism, sexual activity in a violent context, murder, morbid violence, use of drugs or alcohol, homosexuality, voyeurism, revenge, undermining of authority figures, lawlessness, and human rights violations and atrocities.
EXPOSURE WARNING: Exposure to contents for extended periods of time or during formative years in children may cause delusions, hallucinations, decreased cognitive and object reasoning abilities, and, in extreme cases, pathological disorders, hatred, bigotry, and violence including, but not limited to fanaticism, murder and genocide.
Download the Word document here: GB Bible Warning Stickers
Put a few sheets in your car, briefcase, or backpack, then just peel ‘n stick to leave your mark whenever and wherever you find a bible lying around. A great idea for any free-thinking Road Warrior with regular access to in-room Gideon bibles!
Below is a real example (no Photoshopping here) of a hotel bible in Cologne, Germany. James stayed at the lovely Azimut Hotel and left this gift for all future guests of room 318.
Take note of the proper placement of this label. Hotel bibles are rarely used (that’s why they always look brand new) but they’re seen all the time when that drawer is opened. (Come on, you always check the drawers. Admit it.) Placing the label on one of the pages is a virtual waste of time and a lost opportunity as there’s no guarantee that it will ever be seen.
And before you haters start lecturing me about destroying someone else’s property (like it’s not wholly warranted and well deserved in this instance), know that these stickers peel off easily without any trace of damage if applied to the book’s outer cover.