Christian company Hobby Lobby is caught smuggling priceless black market Iraqi artifacts into the U.S. for its new Bible museum.
According to multiple reports, Hobby Lobby is being forced to forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts that were smuggled into the U.S. In addition, Hobby Lobby has agreed to pay a $3 million fine.
Even more alarming, most if not all of the money paid by the Christian arts and crafts company 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 their immoral and illegal acquisition of the the stolen Iraqi artifacts, Hobby Lobby 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, the company knew what they were doing was immoral and illegal. They just didn’t care about the morality, or the legality, or where all that money they were paying for the Iraqi artifacts was going. And make no mistake, they knew that money would ultimately end up in the hands of the terrorists behind the Islamic State.
At this time, no criminal charges have been filed in the case.
Hobby Lobby is no stranger to controversy. The company went all the way to the Supreme Court in their fight to deny birth control to their employees, and in a regrettable decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the corporation had religious beliefs in the landmark Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case.
In other words, the “good Christian company” was too moral to provide birth control for their employees, but happy to loot a war torn country and in so doing support Islamic fanatics killing and terrorizing the innocent.
Is that what they call Christian love?
Hobby Lobby’s “The Museum of the Bible,” an eight-story, $500 million museum located in Washington, D.C., is expected to open in November.