The Ill Defined: What’s the difference between a fetish and a relic?

From where I’m standing, usually racism.  White religions worship “relics”, and non-white people worship “fetishes” and “totems”.  I say we start using the same language for all religions.

The Green family (owners of Hobby Lobby) paid $500 million to build a so-called “museum of the buybull” where they display improperly obtained christian fetishes (e.g. unauthorized archaeology of ancient sites, items obtained on the black market without provenance, etc.) and fabricated objects.  This week, they quietly removed one of them because it was – like everything else in their “museum” – a fake.

Would it have been too much effort to just call NASA and find out before paying?  You know your standards of “evidence” are poor when even Ken Ham’s “ark park” looks more credible.

Museum of the Bible quietly replaces artifact purported to be brought to the moon by NASA

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Museum of the Bible in Washington quietly replaced an artifact purported to be one of a handful of miniature Bibles that a NASA astronaut carried to the moon in 1971 after an expert questioned its authenticity.

The move follows an announcement last year that at least five of 16 Dead Sea Scroll fragments that had been on display at the museum were found to be apparent fakes.

The museum replaced the original microfilm Bible with one that was donated by an Oklahoma woman who wrote a book about the Apollo Prayer League, which arranged for Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell to carry tiny Bibles to the moon.


Steve Green, museum founder and president of Hobby Lobby, also purchased thousands of Iraqi archaeological artifacts for a reported $1.6 million, but was forced in 2018 to return them to the Iraqi government and Hobby Lobby paid a $3 million fine after authorities said they were stolen from the war-torn country and smuggled into the U.S. Museum officials have said none of those items were ever part of its collection.

The only thing that parted were fools and their money.  Not the Red Sea.


  1. Ridana says

    What was the point of taking tiny bibles to the moon? Are they proselytizing the aliens there? If bringing them back was the point, isn’t that a kind of moon worship, getting the moon’s blessing or anointing with moondust? If protection was the point, wouldn’t just one do? Maybe a really big one, instead of a bunch of tiny ones?

  2. Ridana says

    I read a bit of the Apollo Prayer League’s website and found this:
    “Indeed, a Bible on the Moon would arguably represent man’s most eloquent symbol of God’s presence within the heavens!”

    I guess the existence of the moon itself isn’t enough for them. Seems more like a symbol of humans’ presence within the heavens to me.

  3. says

    “Indeed, a Bible on the Moon would arguably represent man’s most eloquent symbol of God’s presence within the heavens!”

    That and some bags of frozen poo.