Will money from conservative Christians sway Bible museum’s professed mission?

By Peggy McGlone
he high-tech ceiling at the entrance to the Museum of the Bible will feature digital images and movies as well as running scripture verses. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)
When the $500 million Museum of the Bible opens Nov. 17 just blocks from Capitol Hill, it won’t promote a specific religion, its leaders say. The museum’s finances tell a different story. Financial documents and interviews reveal a tangled relationship between the nonprofit museum; Hobby Lobby and its owners, the conservative-Christian Green family; and the National Christian Foundation, a donor-advised fund that supports key soldiers in the national battle for conservative Christian values. “The museum’s role is not to espouse faith,” said Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby. “We just want to present the facts of this book . . . to celebrate this book. We want the visitor to make their own decision.” [More]
The entrance to the museum features relief metal lettering of scriptures in Latin. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)