If that were true and not just racism in theological drag, then how would that make Muslims any different from Christians like the good pious owners of Hobby Lobby, who countenanced deceit to acquire illegal artifacts from Iraq to stock its Bible Museum? The United States Department of Justice lays out the crime, for which Hobby Lobby is surrendering thousands of artifacts and paying a $3 million fine:
With Hobby Lobby’s consent, a UAE-based dealer shipped packages containing the Artifacts to three different corporate addresses in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Between one and three shipments arrived at a time, without the required customs entry documentation being filed with CBP, and bore shipping labels that falsely and misleadingly described their contents as “ceramic tiles” or “clay tiles (sample).” . After approximately 10 packages shipped in this manner were received by Hobby Lobby and its affiliates, CBP intercepted five shipments. All of the intercepted packages bore shipping labels that falsely declared that the Artifacts’ country of origin was Turkey. No further shipments were received until September 2011, when a package containing approximately 1,000 clay bullae from the same purchase was received by Hobby Lobby. It was shipped by an Israeli dealer and accompanied by a false declaration stating that the bullae’s country of origin was Israel [U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, “United States Files Civil Action To Forfeit Thousands Of Ancient Iraqi Artifacts Imported By Hobby Lobby,” USDOJ, 2017.07.05].
By engaging in these deceitful transactions, Hobby Lobby may have indirectly boosted the fortunes of radical Islamic terrorism, which makes significant money by selling the historical treasures it loots on the black market. Authors Candida Moss and Joel Baden, who broke this story about Hobby Lobby’s black market artifact shopping in 2015, explain the connection:
It is not the case, as some have alleged, that Hobby Lobby bought artifacts from ISIS. Though it is true that ISIS profits by looting artifacts and passing them on to dealers and collectors in the West, the shipments for which Hobby Lobby was scrutinized predate the rise of ISIS.
But Hobby Lobby did participate in and perpetuate the same market from which ISIS profits. If collectors like the Green family were unwilling to purchase unprovenanced antiquities — items that do not have a clear and clean history of discovery and purchase — the black market would dry up. As long as there are buyers, there will be sellers. It is because collectors like Hobby Lobby are willing to pay a premium and look the other way that looting continues. They dramatically expanded the market for biblical antiquities in the late 2000s [Candida Moss and Joel Baden, “Hobby Lobby’s Black-Market Buys Did Real Damage,” New York Times, 2017.07.06].
Funny how Christians, thinking they are doing their Lord’s work, end up lying and helping terrorists.