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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