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Bibles before beer in faith-based dorms in Alabama

Published On: Oct 07 2013 06:09:32 AM CDT
TROY, Ala. -

Tucked in rural southeast Alabama, Troy University has opened something that's a rarity for a public college in the United States: A faith-based dorm community where daily Bible studies are common and beer drinking is strictly forbidden.

Residents live by rules that include a ban on alcohol, mandatory community service work and a minimum grade point average.

In one lobby, a wall is covered with fliers inviting students to Christian worship services and a daily prayer session, and slips of paper with Bible verses sit on the welcome desk.

While private universities with religious affiliation often impose rules in accordance with a particular faith, such living arrangements are rare at public universities, renewing a frequent debate about the separation of church and state.

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