You are making up your own definition of the first amendment to the US constitution. I do pity you.Personally hoping that the Saudis donate 300 million Korans to all the US hotels rooms currently receiving free donated bibles, and watch the FAUX News **** storm. It would be most amusing to watch the SCOTUS force any hotel chain with US rooms to accept all privately donated religious texts including scientology, jw'ism and mormonism. Every room would need an 8ft bookcase.
I also wonder about all the people in this thread who have no problem with these books in the Navy Lodges and their feelings about privately donated 10 Commandments monuments on courthouse lawns. We already know what SCOTUS thinks of them.
These bibles, or any other religious texts, are an equivalent to the monuments. It does not matter that they are donated.
Why stop at bibles and Lodges? Why not hand out privately donated crucifixes in basic? You don't have to wear them! Even if 80% of your buddies in the outfit do chose to.
The Gideons were donating to public schools but that was shot down by SCOTUS.
This is proselytizing pure and simple. And the government is complicit by allowing them in every room of the Lodges. Maybe there should a 'reading room' where all religious texts and anti-religious texts are located, so interested parties could find what they need. We all know that will never fly because this is not about freedom of religion, it is about freedom to proselytize. Proselytize the religion of the majority.
The very reason for the existence of the 1st is to prevent proselytizing to, or worse forcible conversion of, the minorities to the majority religion.
There are plenty of brutal historical examples which lead to the creation of the 1st so we don't repeat the mistakes of the past.