WorldNetDaily: Kent Hovind Is Still Fighting

This is one of those rare occasions when we get to write about two giants in the world of creationism — WorldNetDaily (WND) and Kent Hovind. Both spew creationism for a living, but Hovind’s shameless career has been temporarily interrupted by a prison sentence for tax evasion. The last time we posted about the two of them was WorldNetDaily: Kent Hovind Is A Martyr.

Hovind’s “science” is cited in Jack Chick’s Big Daddy? and his “doctorate” is from a diploma mill named Patriot University (they were so proud of Hovind they used to have a page about him at their website, but it’s been taken down).

Today, dear reader, WND has a new article about their spiritual and scientific hero, a/k/a “Dr. Dino,” and it’s titled Jailed creationist appeals after 5 years.

That title is a bit misleading, because Hovind has appealed before. See Appellate decision of 30 December 2008 (18-page pdf file). Anyway, he’s appealing again and WND is supporting him — at least journalistically. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

After five years in a federal penitentiary, the mission of the popular Florida-based creation-science lecturer and theme-park creator known as Dr. Dino remains the same: Win people to faith in Jesus Christ and get out of prison.

Ah, Hovind’s mission is undiminished. Meanwhile:

His son, Eric Hovind, who now directs the ministry founded in Pensacola in 1989 as Creation Science Evangelism, contends the government completely misrepresented his parents in the trial, portraying them as anti-government radicals. His mother, Jo, served one year in prison. With time off for good behavior, his father has another three years to serve if his appeals are unsuccessful, according to his attorney.

Regarding his current circumstances, Dr. Dino says:

“When God is done doing what He is doing I will be free and He will get great glory,” Hovind said. “I wish I understood it all now, but the last chapter has not been written yet. I’ll just trust the Lord to do right.”

A most admirable attitude! Let’s read on:

Kent Hovind established Creation Science Evangelism with the aim of evangelizing through presenting evidence for divine creation. In 2001, he opened a theme park behind his home called Dinosaur Adventure Land, which depicted humans and dinosaurs co-existing. After he went to prison Jan. 19, 2007, his son took over the ministry. This year the name was changed to Creation Today, with a mission focus on “creation, apologetics and evangelism.”

“The fact that the ministry continues and is thriving today is just a testament to God’s goodness,” Eric Hovind told WND. “God has allowed us not only to recover but to expand and grow.”

That is truly inspirational. Then WND discusses a lot of … well, tax protestor stuff that’s being argued by Hovind’s new lawyer. Based on what we’ve seen from time to time, there’s as much misinformation, misguided literature, fast-talking gurus, and wishful thinking in the tax protestor movement as there is in the creationism movement, and it’s interesting that Hovind’s career unites them both. We won’t bother to excerpt any of his tax arguments — except for goodies like this:

Hovind’s supporters acknowledge that on a radio broadcast, he did pray that God would “smite” the IRS, which was interpreted as a threat.

And we can’t resist this:

While Hovind contends he’s not an anti-tax protester, he has made statements that have given that impression to the IRS. In 1996, he tried to file for bankruptcy to avoid paying federal income taxes. He told a judge at a hearing that he did not believe the U.S., the IRS and the U.S. Attorney’s Office “have jurisdiction in this matter.”

“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.”

We can’t imagine why the government considered him to be a tax protestor. Anyway, skipping over some more of his legal arguments, near the end the article sounds a bit hopeful:

Meanwhile, Kent Hovind told WND that while “being separated from the family and ministry has been hard,” he has been blessed “to see the many new converts in here grow in the Lord.” About a dozen recently have become Christians, he said.

Hey, Hovind has saved a dozen of his fellow prisoners. That’s great! And now the article ends on a particularly happy note:

“I pray that what happened in my case will alert people to many things and cause them to take action,” he said. “If all this encourages people to get saved and live for God, and if God gets glory through it all, I will rest content.”

That is most inspirational. You gotta admire Hovind’s attitude — and his science, of course.

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11 responses to “WorldNetDaily: Kent Hovind Is Still Fighting

  1. Hovind wants to be released early, yet refuses to admit wrongdoing? Huh? He needs a new attorney.

  2. Ceteris Paribus

    Personally, I have some sympathy for Hovind’s rectitude. It is fine for a government to have the power to put someone in jail for something they have done, tax evasion for example, provided the verdict follows the due process of law.

    It is not fine to put someone in jail because of what they believe or say they believe.

    It is even worse for a government to have the power to reduce a sentence on the grounds that the prisoner eventually tells a parole board what they want to hear. But I see no difference between that and the game plan of evangelists such as Hovind himself, which is why I fear an American theocracy so much.

  3. comradebillyboy

    It is amazing how many folks find Jesus when they are in legal jeopardy. They then use their ‘redemption’ as a reason to mitigate or excuse their crimes. They argue that Jesus has forgiven them (they have forgiven themselves) thus society should forgive them as well. That being said it seems Hovind did get a rather harsh sentence. Maybe the judge will be more sympathetic if he can convert more criminals to the true faith.

  4. Ceteris Paribus says: “It is not fine to put someone in jail because of what they believe or say they believe.”

    That’s not the reason Hovind was convicted, although he may claim otherwise. The Justice Department has a manual for its prosecutors regarding tax protestors, and it’s a catalog of all the nonsense claims that people have attempted to use over the years. You can see it here: Criminal Tax Manual: TAX DEFIERS (also known as illegal tax protesters). You can go there and search for “First Amendment Considerations.”

  5. Ceteris Paribus

    Criminal Manual”? Oh crap, and I have been feeding all those pesky 1099 forms to the paper shredder for years, thinking they didn’t matter.

  6. You can see the Bankruptcy Court’s decision here:

    http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/hovind-decision.html

    The judge was less than amused and specifically found that “The evidence presented at the hearing paints a clear portrait of a tax protester whose sole purpose in seeking relief under chapter 13 was to obtain the release of property seized by the IRS.”

  7. For claiming to interpret the Bible literally, somebody sure forgot about the part where it says “Render unto Caesar.” If nothing else, Caesar is a lot bigger than you are.

  8. Or maybe he did interpret the Bible a little *too* literally, and figured that since Caesar has been dead for 2000 years, he didn’t have to pay him. No such luck. Caesars come and go, but there’s always a Caesar.

  9. Cnocspeireag

    I wonder if anyone has to share a cell with him? Being locked up with the bilge spouting jailbird 24/7 must count as ‘cruel and unusual punishment’.

  10. Hovind says he has led about a dozen of his fellow convicts to Christianity. He should be kept in prison until his work there is complete. How many are incarcerated in this country?

  11. It does not matter if you agree with him about creation or not, NO ONE should get 10 years in prison for payroll taxes, PERIOD ! The only reason he go 10 years is because the judge is anti-christian, He did not get a jury trial (most tax cases don’t) There is no way any jury would have given him 10 years, Al Capone only served 4 years, many murders have plea bargained for less time that this. How would you like to serve 10 years for a non violent crime, and the money was given to him, he didn’t steal it or sell drugs or something like that.