Follow Up on Hobby Lobby Looters

As I was saying yesterday, their illegal pillaging of cultural artifacts has a broader, troubling, context. 

“Prosecutors said in the complaint that Hobby Lobby, whose evangelical Christian owners have long maintained an interest in the biblical Middle East, began in 2009 to assemble a collection of cultural artifacts from the Fertile Crescent. The company went so far as to send its president and an antiquities consultant to the United Arab Emirates to inspect a large number of rare cuneiform tablets — traditional clay slabs with wedge-shaped writing that originated in Mesopotamia thousands of years ago.”


2 thoughts on “Follow Up on Hobby Lobby Looters

  1. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Thanks for the follow-up, Lisa. I was struck by the following:

    “Mr. Green said that Hobby Lobby’s collection of historical Bibles and artifacts like the tablets was “consistent with the company’s mission and passion for the Bible.” He added that the company had planned to display the items it bought in various museums and public institutions.”

    We can become so consumed with ancient artifacts that we fail to learn from the errors of those once-great civilizations.

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    1. Lisa K. Langlois Post author

      Sorry to not reply, I just returned from a month in the mountains — part work, part play — mostly disconnected from the internet, though. I agree, that quotation captures the orientalist strategy of appropriating other cultures to aggrandize one’s own narrative!

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