We don’t hear much about Kent Hovind these days. In his prime he was one of the flamingist creationists in existence — in the same category as Jack Chick. In fact, Chick’s website has promoted Hovind — see Jack Chick Presents Kent Hovind’s Videos. Not only that, but the classic Chick comic book, Big Daddy?, actually cites Hovind as an authority beneath one of the panels — the one where the creationist kid tells his teacher that the Lucy fossil isn’t a human ancestor.
Wikipedia describes Hovind’s conviction for tax evasion, and they present a few tidbits from his bizarre defense. In January of 2007 he was sentenced to ten years in the slammer, and that’s where he’s been ever since then. His appeals have all been unsuccessful.
Who writes about Hovind these days? Wouldja believe it, there’s a column about him at the website of Forbes: Doctor Dino – Kent Hovind May Lose In Court But Will Never Give Up. The columnist is Peter J Reilly, who says he usually writes on tax issues. Skipping some introductory stuff, he stunningly declares, with our bold font:
I’m probably something of a creationist myself. I have a really hard time accepting that we are the result of random interactions involving no teleology. That probably puts me at the far left of the creationist spectrum.
M’god! Before we saw this column, we always respected Forbes. And what’s this about “the far left of the creationist spectrum”? Does anyone know what Reilly is talking about? Anyway, let’s get into the meat of the column:
Six thousand years is not nearly enough time for evolution to work, so YEC will not be that popular in the biology departments of most universities. The astronomers and the geologists will also have a hard time with YEC believers. And of course, since academics sometimes stick together, they might get disciplines that don’t have a dog in the fight on their side. This accounts for the great need for creation scientists, since establishment science is so wrong. That’s where fellows like Kent Hovind come in.
Aaaargh!! We would expect that science conspiracy stuff from the Discoveroids or from ol’ Hambo. But from Forbes? Before this, the only journalistic organ that promoted Hovind’s cause was WorldNetDaily — see WorldNetDaily: Kent Hovind Is A Martyr. Now it looks like Forbes is bypassing WND; they may be competing for credibility with The Time Cube. Here’s more:
Kent Hovind is known as Doctor Dino. One of the implications of YEC is that people and dinosaurs must have been running around at the same time. That is why Kent Hovind opened Dinosaur Adventureland allowing for a combination of family fun, Biblical truth and sound science education. The troubles at Dinosaur Advetureland led to Kent Hovind being known as Inmate 06452-017 currently resident at FCI – Berlin NH with a projected release date of 8/11/2015.
“The troubles at Dinosaur Advetureland” led to Hovind’s conviction? Hey, that’s great journalism. One could also say that “the troubles” at the Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado led to the imprisonment of James Holmes. We wrote about some of Hovind’s disembodied “troubles” here, Kent Hovind: Creationist Role Model, and you can also read about “the troubles” Hovind experienced in Wikipedia. However, we suggest that the cause of Hovind’s imprisonment was a wee bit more than a troublesome day at the theme park. Anyway, let’s read on:
Kent Hovind has lately been claiming that his tax troubles are an early instance of the IRS targeting conservatives.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We continue:
Hovind’s legal battles mainly concern trying to get his conviction overturned and the large tax deficiency covering the years 1998 to 2006 reversed. The Tax Court made a final determination on the deficiency on May 15th, 2013. He has asked to appeal to the 11th Circuit without paying a fee, since he is broke, being in prison and all. The 11th Circuit turned him down, because they thought he was being frivolous.
“Frivolous defenses” and “frivolous appeals” are the government’s terminology for the very familiar claims of tax protestors who have been using the same failed arguments for decades. We’ve written before that this is very similar to creationists’ behavior — see Creationists and Tax Protesters. Here’s more:
He filed a motion on August 5 that appeals the whole decision of the Tax Court. The motion says that he is exempt from taxation because he is a minister and the ministry was not owned by himself and his wife. He also presents an interpretation of his “IMF” file which he indicates shows that no tax is due. I’m pretty sure there are some holes in his ministry arguments and I have never seen the “IMF” argument work for anybody, but we’ll see. The IRS has indicated that it will not respond to his motion unless instructed to by the Court.
IMF? The Forbes columnist gives this link to something Hovind posted. We scanned it for “IMF” to see if it refers to the International Monetary Fund, but Hovind uses those initials to refer to the “Individual Master File” which the IRS maintains on him and everyone else. We’re sure they do have files, but we don’t know how that means Hovind doesn’t have to pay taxes, and we’re not interested enough to read what Hovind posted.
At the end, Forbes tells us this:
Hovind also has a lawsuit against prison officials for losing his records and a complaint against the judge in his case.
Smart move! Anyway, we shall henceforth consider Forbes to be a source of creationist news instead of business information. A pity, really. They used to be good.
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