So today I received a text with a bible verse in it. Unfortunately I was at work so could not look it up straight away but at lunch time I decided that I was going to try and find a bible.
I work in Ealing which is home to a pretty big library so that was where I headed.
Having found the "religious" section I proceeded to look for a Bible. There were Bible dictionary's, prayer books, guide books ect. But no Bibles. I then decided to check the other religions sections to see if there was one in there (by someone moving it), there were plenty of Quran's and Jewish manuscripts and such like but no bibles...so I head to the desk:
"Hi, Im looking for a Bible I wonder if you can help me"
"Just give me a moment" *runs off to look in the religious section* "Try upstairs in the reference section"
So I head upstairs, and once again reach the desk:
"Hi, Im looking for a Bible"
"Umm follow me" *Takes me to the religious reference section* (once again full of Quran's and other world religions books) "Sorry there are no bibles here"
"Do you actually have any Bibles?"
"Well not many people read it"
At this point, I decided not to tell the man that it is one of the most read books in the world.
Eventually by digging through old books they found me a copy of the Bible.
I was shocked, a library in West London which is home to hundreds of Churches and Church Schools. Schools which teach RE do not have a Bible to hand. The worst part was the librarian honestly believed that not many people own or read a Bible. Something, somewhere has gone horribly wrong.