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.
Copyright © 2009. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.