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Hyperallergic's Michael Press is Dispelling the Myths Around the Hobby Lobby Antiquities Case:

Looting involves destruction and loss of information on a truly massive scale: not only do the objects themselves lose all contextual information, but after being looted, any object deemed valueless on the antiquities market will be discarded or destroyed. Looting pits may be quite deep, and all material located above the looted artifacts is destroyed or lost. This is one of many serious problems with collectors’ buying, and scholars relying on, unprovenanced artifacts – artifacts without a clear, traceable chain of custody back to an archaeological excavation.

But we must also remember that this is a case of theft. In such cases, the real loss is not “ours” as Westerners or as scholars. It is above all a loss for those from whom the artifacts were stolen — the Iraqi people.

How many games have I "innocently" played, where the point is to loot ancient and priceless artifacts and sell them? I don't think I can look at those the same way anymore. Sort of like how Nekopara goes from "creepy" to "terrifying" after reading Ewen Cluney's Nekomimi Land. This is outright cultural theft.

Content note: Family and religious stuff, plus innuendo

It's the kind of thing I would have wanted to tell my mother of origin about, since she went to Hobby Lobby all the time back when I lived with her. But she never really considered anything I said to her anyway, and Mormonism's very origin story involves a White Native American angel telling Joseph Smith that God wants him to claim and translate a supposedly-native record.

(Said record then goes on to talk about how awesome Joseph Smith is, and how God wanted Christopher Columbus to genocide people.)

It's not just in their religious backstory, either; Smith actually bought some funerary scrolls that had been looted from Egypt, and pretended to translate them into the Book of Abraham. And I say "pretended to translate" not because I disagree with its contents, but because they've published "fascimiles" of some of the writing and given completely inaccurate renditions of the hieroglyphs within, rendering Min, the phallic god, into the Mormons' Heavenly Father.

Who has a highly-visible erection while sitting on his throne.*


* Fig. 7, which is upside-down in this pic.

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