Bibles are being reinstated in Georgia state park lodges and cabins after being removed in response to an atheist guest's complaint.
Officials instructed staff to remove the Bibles while the issue was being investigated.
But Georgia Governor Nathan Deal ordered the Department of Natural Resources to return the Bibles.
"Our commissioner took that as a preemptive effort to try to avoid litigation," Deal said, adding that his decision to place the Bibles back in cabins and lodges was made with the approval of the state attorney general.
He also argued that no laws were being violated because the Bibles were donated by outside groups and not by the state.
Deal said he does not believe the bedside placement of Bibles is a state establishment of religion. In fact, the governor says any religious group can donate literature legally.