As we await the Supreme Court’s ruling on Selebius v. Hobby Lobby in the next week or so, the U.S. in a precarious situation. If the fundamentalist cancer destroying our society prevails, and Hobby Lobby wins, that terrible precedent would gradually take us down the road to an American Taliban, but with Duck Dynasty Bibles instead of Qurans.
The Hobby Lobby case has thrust the Greens, the founders and owners of the good, Christian company, into the national spotlight. The family’s mission, however, looms far larger than this single case. The Greens are spending hundreds of millions to teach the United States to trust and respect a book written about a churlish, vindictive god, and containing morality tales, barbaric laws, and erotic poetry from the Bronze age. The most well-known of the projects the Greens bestow their millions upon is the Bible curriculum they’re piloting in public schools next year.
According to Politico:
The pending Hobby Lobby ruling has thrust the Greens into the national spotlight, but the family’s mission is far bigger than a single court case. The Greens are spending hundreds of millions on a quiet but audacious bid to teach a wayward nation to trust, cherish — and heed — the Bible.
They’re building a huge museum dedicated to the Bible a few blocks from the Mall in Washington , with as much public space as the National Museum of American History. They’ve financed a lavish traveling exhibit as well, complete with a re-created Holy Land cave, a “Noah’s Ark experience” for kids and animatronic characters such as William Tyndale, who was burned at the stake for daring to translate the New Testament into English.
The Greens are sponsoring scholarly study of the Bible and hosting forums such as a recent panel on faith’s role in shaping early America, which they hope to package for national broadcast.
Most provocatively, they’ve funded a multimillion-dollar effort to write a Bible curriculum they hope to place in public schools nationwide. It will debut next fall as an elective in Mustang High School, a few miles from Hobby Lobby’s Oklahoma City headquarters.
A draft of the textbook for the first of four planned yearlong courses presents Adam and Eve as historical figures and introduces God as “faithful and good,” “gracious and compassionate” and “an ever-present help in times of trouble.” A list of “curses for disobeying the Lord” warns of defeat, fever and “disaster and panic in everything you do.”
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The family does proselytize quite publicly three times a year, taking out full-page ads in newspapers across the country every Christmas, Easter and Independence Day. The ads celebrate the power of faith and direct readers to a toll-free number for Need Him Ministry, a global initiative to bring nonbelievers to Jesus.
If the goal of the museum were evangelizing, “I can assure you, I would not be involved,” said Harry Stout, a professor at Yale Divinity School who has consulted on the museum. “They’re really interested in getting it right.”
Steve Green, the president of Hobby Lobby, told the National Bible Association last spring that “Our goal … [is to] reintroduce this book to the nation. This nation is in danger because of its ignorance of what God has taught. We need to know it. And if we don’t know it, our future is going to be very scary.”
The Supreme court will rule on the Hobby Lobby case in the coming weeks. If they rule like Steve Green wants, our future is going to be very scary indeed.
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