DOES the name Kent Hovind ring a bell? We’ve written about him before, for example: Kent Hovind: Creationist Role Model. Kent hasn’t been in the news lately. His unfortunate incarceration has curtailed his flamboyant creationist career.
But now it seems that “Dr. Dino” (as Hovind styles himself) has found a publicity organ. Today’s article comes from WorldNetDaily, which we have previously described as “one of the worst practitioners of journalism that ever existed, or that ever could exist.” We’ve presented our opinion about them here: WorldNetDaily — Worthless Creationist Rag!
Brace yourself, dear reader, as we give you some excerpts from WND’s article: ‘Government persecuting’ jailed creation evangelist. It’s subtitled: “Kent Hovind built celebrated anti-evolution ministry, now serving 10-year prison sentence on tax charges.” The bold font was added by us:
He was one of America’s favorite biblical creation teachers and lecturers – known for debating pro-evolution science professors in the nation’s most prestigious secular colleges and universities.
So successful was his ministry, he built a dinosaur theme part [sic] in Florida, his videos of his presentations were a delight to thousands, he hosted a radio program and was in demand as a speaker 52 weeks a year.
What could have silenced such an intellectual giant? Let’s read on:
But now Kent Hovind, known affectionately as “Dr. Dino,” resides 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. 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.
But surely, a minor setback like that can’t conceal The Truth™. We continue:
Kent Hovind’s followers, however, 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.”
This month, Hovind is appealing his case to the U.S. Supreme Court after a final rejection Feb. 25 by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
We wrote about that 11th Circuit appeal here, and we gave you a link (still functional) to the appellate court’s decision. But this news about the Supreme Court is exciting! Here’s more:
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. 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.
Ah yes, the famous Hovind Prize. But Hovind’s offer has been eclipsed. See: Harun Yahya Offers Eight Trillion Dollar Prize! Dawkins won’t debate that guy either. Moving along:
Attorney Shawn Perez of Las Vegas, who worked on Hovind’s Supreme Court filing, told WND the writ of certiorari, or petition, makes two arguments. One is that the structuring law does not apply, because the Hovinds never deposited or withdrew more than $10,000 on any one day. [The Hovinds were charged under a law that makes it illegal to evade reporting by dividing up the transactions into amounts less than $10,000 and using several banks. Each count bears a fine of $250,000 plus five years in prison.] The 45 single bank transactions should be charged as one count, not as 45 separate violations of the law, the brief argues. Each transaction was charged as a criminal count, yet none of them, by themselves, constituted a violation of the law, it explains.
The other argument in the Supreme Court filing is that under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the IRS must explain on a 1040 form what it plans to do with the answers it receives and indicate whether the response is voluntary or mandatory.
Good luck with that one, Dr. Dino!
There’s lots more in the article, so click over there and read it all. Wait! They give us this discussion of Hovind’s defense at the trial court level:
“I sincerely believe that I am not a person required to file a Federal Income Tax Return,” he said. “This belief is a result of extensive research that I have done.”
Asked by the judge where he lived, Hovind replied, “I live in the church of Jesus Christ, which is located all over the world. I have no residence.”
Kent Hovind has stated he believes the Bible “teaches us to obey the authority over us.”
But he contends the “IRS is not the authority over me any more than the government of Japan is.”
It’s difficult to decide whether Hovind is better at understanding the law or understanding science. At this point we’d judge him equal in both fields. We want him back on the outside because he’s so entertaining; but our guess is that we’ll have to wait a few more years.
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