The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby and of the future Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, are under federal investigation over their possession of ancient artifacts and how they gained possession of them. They released a statement to say they are fully cooperating with the investigators. According to sources in the government, the provenance of some of the artifacts were suspicious, implying that the Green family came into their possession using black market connections who may have stolen some of the pieces from Iraq.
Hobby Lobby, if you recall, won a landmark decision in the U.S. Supreme Court after suing the Obama administration for mandating employers, regardless of their beliefs, to pay for contraceptives and abortion-causing drugs through their health insurance plans for employees. In my opinion, the Obama administration has shown themselves to be sore losers if someone makes them look bad, so the parties that make them look bad have on more than one occasion found themselves targeted. For example:
- Ben Carson was audited by the IRS soon after he gave his speech criticizing Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast in DC in 2013.
- Former Texas governor Rick Perry was charged with abuse of power over his handling of a state official who was driving drunk after he openly stood against President Obama’s policies regarding the U.S./Mexico border.
- Soon after Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) heavily criticized the Obama admin’s Iran nuclear deal, he was hit with corruption charges from the Dept. of Justice.
- After Hillary Clinton criticized Obama for some of his foreign policies, it was leaked that she conducted her affairs as Secretary of State using private emails on a private server.
I’m willing to give the Green family the benefit of the doubt on this issue considering how they have been so diligent over the years to make sure they conduct their business in a genuine Christian manner to maintain a good Christian reputation. How federal agencies under the Obama administration have behaved is quite the opposite. This administration’s very public Supreme Court loss left a bad taste in the President’s mouth, so now his flunkies are looking for some payback, in my opinion.
Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause. Psalm 35:19
Source: Laura Wagner, Hobby Lobby Owners Under Investigation For Alleged Illegal Import Of Artifacts, NPR.org, October 28, 2015.
Harry A. Gaylord