WorldNetDaily: Kent Hovind Is A Martyr

YOU already know our opinion of WorldNetDaily (WND). See: WorldNetDaily — Worthless Creationist Rag!

And you also know about Kent Hovind, about whom we most recently wrote, in Kent Hovind Update, that a court has ruled the IRS can seize Hovind’s Dinosaur Adventure Land and sell it to pay the taxes he evaded.

Further, we wrote recently about a writeup WND gave Hovind. But now it seems that there’s a genuinely weird relationship between the creationist and WND. They just wrote Creationism theme park caught in tax dispute. It’s the same story we’ve already covered, but look how they handle the matter.

First, this banner appears above their headline: FAITH UNDER FIRE. That’s your first clue. Now let’s read a few choice excerpts, with bold font added by us to emphasize the peculiar phrases:

A federal judge has approved the seizure of a dinosaur theme park developed by one of America’s favorite biblical creation teachers and lecturers.

Yes, one of America’s favorites. Let’s read on:

WND reported recently Hovind’s ministry was so successful that he built the dinosaur theme park, his videos were a delight to thousands, he hosted a radio program and he was in demand as a speaker 52 weeks a year.

Truly a great man. We continue:

Hovind, known affectionately as “Dr. Dino,” however, now is living in a small federal prison cell in South Carolina – serving a 10-year sentence for failing to collect and pay withholding taxes, obstructing tax laws and other related charges

The horror! One of “America’s favorite biblical creation teachers and lecturers,” whose “videos were a delight to thousands,” and who “was in demand as a speaker 52 weeks a year,” and who is “known affectionately” as “Dr. Dino,” is now “living in a small federal prison cell.”

Good journalism, huh? Here’s more:

His diminutive wife, Jo, the bookkeeper for the Hovinds’ Creation Science Evangelism ministry in Pensacola, was convicted of evading bank-reporting requirements and began serving a one-year sentence in January at a minimum security prison camp in Florida.

They even locked up Hovind’s “diminutive wife”! Moving along:

Kent Hovind’s followers contend he was prosecuted because of his religious convictions – and because he was so effective in exposing what he calls “the big lie of evolution.”

Yes! The Darwinists couldn’t take the pressure, so they had to take drastic measures. Another excerpt:

The Hovinds’ ministry was launched in 1989 with the aim of winning people to faith in Jesus Christ through debunking evolution and presenting evidence for divine creation.

Think about that one for a while. Okay, that’s long enough. On with the article:

Kent Hovind has offered $250,000 to anyone offering sufficient proof of Darwinian evolution. Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, author of “The God Delusion,” has refused to debate Hovind, insisting the biblical creationist’s work is not science at all and that science is advanced through systematic inquiry rather than debate.

Dawkins couldn’t handle The Truth, and now Hovind languishes in jail.

Here’s one last excerpt:

In 2001, Hovind opened the biblical creation theme park, Dinosaur Adventure Land. The park and merchandise sales brought in more than $5 million from 1999 to March 2004, according to records presented at his 2006 trial. Hovind argues he took a vow of poverty as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ and, therefore, owns nothing and receives no income. All of his needs are taken care of by the ministry, he explains.

There’s more to the article. Click over to WND and wallow in it. The only thing that’s missing is a testimonial by Ben Stein.

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14 responses to “WorldNetDaily: Kent Hovind Is A Martyr

  1. Benjamin Franklin

    Kent Hovind = lying douchebag

    Hovind claims his ministry does not have to “render unto Caesar” because it is not working for the government. “The bottom line is, our ministry has been in operation for 17 years,” he says. “We don’t have any employees, none.”

    Workers testified that they had to punch time cards, had vacation and sick days; while others testified Hovind claimed he had “beat” the tax system.

    The thought of Hovind being some vicious felon’s “bitch” amuses me to no end.

  2. Curmudgeon wrote: “The only thing that’s missing is a testimonial by Ben Stein.”

    Once again I’ll take a guess, and if I’m wrong, will admit it: Stein, the DI, and even YEC outfits like AIG, will “distance” themselves from Hovind, and provide no comments, let alone financial help. And WND will conveniently omit that in their whining about “Darwinists.”

  3. Frank J says:

    Stein, the DI, and even YEC outfits like AIG, will “distance” themselves from Hovind …

    Sounds right. AIG has, in the past, criticized some of Hovind’s crazier talking points. There’s a lot of “distancing” that goes on, but it’s difficult to notice what doesn’t happen. For example, ICR’s suit in Texas to have degree-granting status in science education has attracted no support or even mention from the Discoveroids. Discoveroids and YEC types rarely cite each other on their websites. When they do support the same thing, like the “academic freedom” bill in Louisiana, they never seem to do it jointly. Their alliance, if they have one, is obviously fragile.

  4. Do ya think they’ll be waving “Save Kent Hovind” signs at those TEA parties?

  5. retiredsciguy

    Kent Hovind — “…one of America’s favorite biblical creation teachers and lecturers.”

    And the other one is no doubt Ken Ham of AIG.

    Oh, and was that diminutive wife, or diminutive mind?

  6. Curmudgeon wrote: “Their alliance, if they have one, is obviously fragile.”

    Ironically it’s our side that keeps strengthening it instead of exploiting the fragility. I understand that for the court cases one must emphasize the common feature of promoting religious views. But most of those who have fallen for some anti-evolution nonsense are not hopeless fundamentalists who will not accept evolution under any circumstances. They might think twice if they knew how, despite 150 years of seeking and fabricating evidence, anti-evolution activism has produced nothing but a hopeless divergence of positions and strategies, increasingly covered up with “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

  7. [deleted]
    being open minded on both sides is important

  8. Gabriel Hanna

    Will is of course no doubt aware that the Southern Baptists split from the others to support slavery, and that the Creation Research Insitute endorsed eugenics in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

  9. Will has gone to that great spam bucket in the sky.

  10. Gabriel Hanna

    Do you sleep, SC? (Obviously I don’t.)

    I suppose you’re on Eastern time.

  11. Gabriel Hanna asks: “Do you sleep, SC?”

    I have workers who do that for me.

  12. Dr K Liebens

    A great man with courage to challenge the precepts spoonfed in junior high schools.

    [Nonsense deleted.]

    My respect for him has increased inordinately having read the generally negative posts below [Nonsense deleted.]

  13. Thanks “Dr” for the giggle this morning. Defending “Dr Dino” for challenging precepts with Bronze Age myths like he’s some radically new and thoughtful person nearly reduced me to tears.

  14. He’s gone. Won’t be back.