Soaked in the blood of terrorist victims, Hobby Lobby’s new $500 million Bible Museum is now open in the nation’s capitol.
Funded by Hobby Lobby’s founder and president, evangelical billionaire Steve Green, the “museum” is a conservative Christian’s wet dream, a crass attempt to promote evangelical propaganda. ABC News reports:
After nearly three years of construction, the Museum of the Bible will open its 40-foot tall, bronze doors — the Gutenberg Gates — inscribed with Genesis’s first chapter in Latin to the public today.
The museum is 430,000 square feet, features a 140-foot LED display mounted to the ceiling that show images like stained glass, a grand staircase with glass railings winding up as if to reach to the heavens, a glass galley that offers a view of the Capitol and the Washington Monument, an outdoor Biblical garden on the rooftop, and a massive 472-seat theater that will host the Broadway’s Amazing Grace musical production until January.
Green, “a conservative Christian known for winning his company’s 2014 Supreme Court case against Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate,” promises “that the museum is nonsectarian,” but critics disagree. NBC News reports:
… the facility is ultimately just a promotional tool for the evangelical Christianity espoused by its chairman of the board, the billionaire Steve Green. Most of the museum’s leadership are also evangelical as well as white and male.
More than just a crass but expensive attempt to promote conservative Christian propaganda, the $500 million boondoggle is also bathed in the blood of the victims of the Islamic State.
Earlier this year, Hobby Lobby was caught smuggling priceless black market Iraqi artifacts into the U.S. for its new Bible museum. The Christian company was forced to forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts that were smuggled into the U.S. In addition, Hobby Lobby agreed to pay a $3 million fine.
Even more alarming, most if not all of the money paid for the Bible Museum artifacts probably wound up in the hands of ISIS, who reportedly received hundreds of millions of dollars annually in funding from selling stolen antiques like the ones acquired by Hobby Lobby on the black market.That’s right, by the immoral and illegal acquisition of the stolen Iraqi artifacts, Hobby Lobby president Green and the Bible Museum supported ISIS, and provided funds used to kill and terrorize the innocent.
In a statement, Hobby Lobby President Steve Green called the immoral and illegal acquisition of the priceless Iraqi artifacts “regrettable mistakes,” noting:
We should have exercised more oversight and carefully questioned how the acquisitions were handled.
Imagine any other criminal trying to excuse his crime by simply claiming: “We should have exercised more oversight…”
Yet despite the lame excuses by Green, before the purchase the company was warned by experts that buying the stolen Iraqi artifacts would be immoral and illegal. NPR reports that in an announcement concerning the case, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Bridget M. Rohde, said:
An expert on cultural property law retained by Hobby Lobby warned the company that the acquisition of cultural property likely from Iraq, including cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals, carries a risk that such objects may have been looted from archaeological sites in Iraq.
Clearly, Green and the people behind the Bible Museum knew that what they were doing was immoral and illegal. They just didn’t care. And make no mistake, they knew that all that money they were paying for the Iraqi artifacts would ultimately end up in the hands of the terrorists behind the Islamic State.
Bottom line: A petty attempt to promote evangelical propaganda, the new Bible Museum located in Washington D.C. is soaked in the blood and suffering of the victims of the Islamic State.