Hobby Lobby’s founding family has plans to build a Bible museum in Washington, D.C.
The Greens and their large chain of craft stores have been making headlines since June 30, when the Supreme Court decided their company would not be required to offer employees contraceptive health care because it ran counter to the owners’ closely held religious beliefs.
Now, on the heels of that divisive victory, the evangelical Christian family will use part of their $3 billion in estimated wealth to construct a Bible museum, smack-dab in the heart of the nation’s capital.
According to the New York Times, Hobby Lobby president Steve Green, who is also the founder’s son, refers to the Bible as a “reliable historical document” and has hopes this project can eventually help “reintroduce this book to this nation.”
The museum, which is set to open in 2017, doesn’t have a name yet, but will reportedly be open to everyone and pay homage to a variety of faiths. The Oklahoma-based Green family decided upon Washington, D.C. because the city is already a culturally rich tourist hub and a source of national pride.
The recent SCOTUS decision not only overturned parts of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, but also angered many who believe a person’s religious beliefs shouldn’t supersede government legislation. In fact, the 5-4 ruling was so controversial that people like Seth Rogen took to publicly shaming the justices and calling Hobby Lobby’s owners “A-holes.”
It’s unclear how Rogen and other equally miffed celebrities will react to a gigantic Bible museum just blocks away from the National Mall.