Religious Hypocrites: Hobby Lobby Caught Illegally Smuggling Ancient Artifacts Out of Iraq

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Religious Hypocrites: Hobby Lobby Caught Illegally Smuggling Artifacts Out of Iraq [Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons]
Religious hypocrites: Hobby Lobby was caught illegally smuggling ancient artifacts out of Iraq and into the U.S. through the United Arab Emirates and Israel. The company has agreed to pay $3 million to settle the claims.

The Justice Department’s Eastern District of New York has filed a civil complaint to”forfeit thousands of cuneiform tablets and clay bullae,” a news release stated.

“As alleged in the complaint, these ancient clay artifacts originated in the area of modern-day Iraq and were smuggled into the United States through the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, contrary to federal law. Packages containing the artifacts were shipped to Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (“Hobby Lobby”), a nationwide arts-and-crafts retailer based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and two of Hobby Lobby’s corporate affiliates. The shipping labels on these packages falsely described cuneiform tablets as tile “samples.””

“The government also filed a stipulation of settlement with Hobby Lobby, in which Hobby Lobby consented to the forfeiture of the artifacts in the complaint, approximately 144 cylinder seals and an additional sum of $3 million, resolving the civil action. Hobby Lobby further agreed to adopt internal policies and procedures governing its importation and purchase of cultural property, provide appropriate training to its personnel, hire qualified outside customs counsel and customs brokers, and submit quarterly reports to the government on any cultural property acquisitions for the next eighteen months.”

Let this sink in — the company that won’t provide birth control because of its “strong Christian values” pays millions for smuggling stolen goods.

Of course, Twitter had a lot to say: