Hobby Lobby Forced To Return Illegally Smuggled Iraqi Artifacts

Hobby Lobby Forced To Return Illegally Smuggled Iraqi Artifacts May 3, 2018

Hobby Lobby has been forced to return thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts illegally smuggled into the U.S. for the Christian company’s Bible museum.

Last year Hobby Lobby was caught smuggling the priceless black market Iraqi artifacts into the U.S. for its new Bible museum. This week those artifacts were finally returned to Iraq.

NPR reports:

Nearly 4,000 ill-gotten artifacts will be returned to Iraq on Wednesday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says. The ancient objects were bought by Hobby Lobby, a national chain of arts and crafts stores, then smuggled into the United States in violation of federal law.

In addition to returning the artifacts, Hobby Lobby also agreed to pay a $3 million fine for violating the law. A small price to pay for subsidizing the Islamic State, and indirectly supporting the murder and slaughter of countless innocents.

As was previously reported:

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 issued after reports first surfaced that Hobby Lobby had purchased the stolen artifacts and illegally smuggled them into the U.S., 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 made by Green, the fact is he knew exactly what the company was doing. In fact, the company was warned by experts that buying the stolen Iraqi artifacts would be immoral and illegal.

In an earlier report, NPR notes 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.

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 in favor of the company 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?

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