Creationist Wisdom #549: Kent Hovind Supporter

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Pensacola News Journal of Pensacola, Florida — home of the creationist ministry of Kent Hovind (a/k/a “Dr. Dino”), and also the site of his recent trial. It’s titled Kent Hovind has served his time. An icon below the headline will take you to the newspaper’s comments feature.

Unless a letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. This one definitely qualifies for full name treatment. He signs the letter as Nick Lally, chairman, board of directors, Creation Science Hall of Fame. Here’s a link to their website. We wrote about them once — see Kentucky Experiences the “Hambo Effect”. Excerpts from Nick’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Allow me to set the record straight about Kent Hovind. I met Kent at his church when attending the Creation Boot Camp. I found him to be a man of God, which was also reflected in every one of his exhibits at the Dino Park.

That was very nice. Now the record has been set straight. Then Nick tells us:

No matter what you think of him, guilty or not, he has paid his debt to society.

Not quite. Hovind has just about completed the prison term for his 2006 tax fraud conviction, but now he’s in trouble for additional crimes — well, alleged crimes. Then Nick informs us of his personal beliefs:

I personally believe Kent is in prison out of principle and not deceit.

Now we know how Nick personally feels. He continues:

Recently, you have seen his trial where one out of four charges resulted in a hung jury.

Yup. We wrote about that here: Kent Hovind Trial: He’s Guilty! Back to Nick’s letter:

What will the government do now? Will they keep him in jail until they find a new jury that will convict him, thereby putting him away forever?

That seems to be the plan. We wrote about that too — see Kent Hovind Will Be Tried Again. If you need background information, that’s where you’ll find it. Then Nick says:

It’s time that the local Christians step up to the plate and protect this brother. It’s time that your churches in Pensacola demand Kent’s release.

Yeah. Poor Hovind — his troubles have nothing to do with being a flamboyant scofflaw. He’s being persecuted only because he’s a Christian. And now we come to the end:

Enough is enough. I urge the local Christians to contact Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers and tell her how you feel.

Well, Nick, since feelings are so important to you, here’s how the Curmudgeon feels: BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

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18 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #549: Kent Hovind Supporter

  1. Stephen Kennedy

    A Creationist Hall of Fame! Now that is something that all imbeciles like Hovind, Hambo and the Discoveroids can aspire to. Their achievements in science denial would finally get the recognition it deserves.

  2. You “intellectuals”… I guess these are the type of “smart” articles you get from people who think they came from a rock….

  3. It’s time that the local Christians step up to the plate and protect this brother. It’s time that your churches in Pensacola demand Kent’s release. . . . Enough is enough. I urge the local Christians to contact Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers and tell her how you feel.

    In other words, try to intimidate a judge into ruling your way by bombing her with bullying hate mail.

  4. I’ve had considerable correspondence with Nick.

    He seems to really press the notion that Kent is in prison out of principle.

    Well, from a recent posting to the Free Kent Hovind webpage, here are some of the principles that may account for Kent’s criminal antics and prison term:

    1. The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is NOT
    an organization within the U.S. Department of
    the Treasury

    2. The IRS appears to be a collection agency
    working for foreign banks and operating out of
    Puerto Rico under color of the Federal Alcohol
    Administration (“FAA”), an agency which was
    in turn declared unconstitutional decades ago.

    3. Several investigators have concluded that
    there is no known Act of Congress, nor any
    Executive Order, giving IRS lawful jurisdiction
    to operate within any of the 50 States of the Union.

    4. The so-called 14th and 16th amendments
    were NEVER properly ratified.

    5. Section 1 of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”)
    contains no provisions creating a specific liability
    for taxes imposed by subtitle A. Aside from the
    statutes which apply only to federal government
    employees, pursuant to the Public Salary Tax Act,
    the only other statutes that create a specific liability
    for federal income taxes are those itemized in the
    definition of “Withholding agent” at IRC section
    7701(a)(16). For example, see IRC section 1461.
    A separate liability statute for “employment” taxes
    imposed by subtitle C is found at IRC section 3403.
    After a worker authorizes a payroll officer to withhold
    taxes, typically by completing Form W‑4, the payroll
    officer then becomes a withholding agent who is legally
    and specifically liable for payment of all taxes withheld
    from that worker’s paycheck. Until such time as those
    taxes are paid in full into the Treasury of the United
    States, the withholding agent is the only party who is
    legally liable for those taxes, not the worker. See IRC
    section 7809 (“Treasury of the United States”).

    6. The term “United States” HAS multiple legal meanings.

    7. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has already
    ruled that the term “income” is not defined anywhere
    in the IRC: “The general term ‘income’ is not defined
    in the Internal Revenue Code.” U.S. v. Ballard, 535
    F.2d 400, 404 (8th Circuit, 1976).
    ——————————————————————–

  5. Robert Baty, those principles make as much sense as Ken Ham’s statement of faith. The only difference is that creationism is safe. There’s no criminal penalty for denying science.

  6. Peter J. Reilly today, on one of his personal blogs, has given to press to the counter-Hovind-demonstration movement beginning in Pensacola.

    See:

    http://ytmp.blogspot.com/2015/04/hovindication-finds-its-opposite-if-not.html

  7. Charles Deetz ;)

    I didn’t see him use the word ‘innocent’ even once.

  8. it’s too bad this can’t be front-paged. One of Kent’s followers (presumably RacerX, apparently behind FreeKentHovind dot com) made this “trailer” for a “documentary.” It goes full Godwin at 0:29 and stays that way for the remainder of the 1:52 video.

  9. @Deanna Holmes
    I can’t resist pointing out: “they through him in prison”.

  10. Deanna:
    You were not the only one to notice that, The preferred form for the Hovid supporters should be “they throwed him in prison”.

  11. Dave Luckett

    You can tell criminal tax avoidance schemes from fruitloop ones pretty easily: criminal tax avoidance schemes rather often work, but fruitloop ones never do. As soon as they get into court, the only success they ever have is in changing the judge’s mood. How they change it depends on the judge. Most judges have a sense of humour – after some years on the bench, I should think that they’d need one – and they start laughing heartily. Other judges, alas, are less able to see the funny side, or are keenly sensitive to what they take to be downright mockery of the law.

    On that test, Hovind was just over the line of operating a criminal tax avoidance scheme; but the ideas Robert Baty lists above are clearly on the fruitloop side.

  12. We really look forward to the full documentary about the horrible injustice poor Kent has suffered. The trailer would suggest a masterpiece in the grand tradition of “Expelled – No Intelligence Allowed”.

  13. I’ve been arguing with Nick for many years over his view of the matter on the ground that it conflicts with what Kent himself says. Despite Kent stating repeatedly that he is not a tax protestor Nick insists that he is. I prefer to believe what Kent himself says rather than what Nick believes – in the same way that I prefer to accept what science says than what Kent believes.

  14. Recently, you have seen his trial where one out of four charges resulted in a hung jury.

    Umm … It was the other way ’round. Three of the four charges resulted in a hung jury. He was convicted on the “contempt of court” charge based on rather overwhelming evidence.

    It’s time that the local Christians step up to the plate and protect this brother.

    Maybe its time for local Christians to remind Kent of what Jesus said about “Render unto Caesar … “

  15. @SK: there already is a creationist Hall of Fame. It’s maintained by our very own Curmudgeon – every member has received the Buffoon Award.

  16. Stephen Kennedy

    @mnbo: It is repugnant the way that this guy in Pensacola thinks he is honoring people like the late Leonardo Da Vinci by placing them in his pathetic Creationist Hall of Fame when what he is really doing is sullying their reputations. I am sure Leonardo Da Vinci was no more of a creationist than anybody else living at the time he did.

    I sure hope that when I am dead and gone and can not defend myself that no brainless fanatics like these YECs claim I would have been one of them.

  17. Creation Science Hall of Fame
    All those people who quite explicitly did not accept the literalist interpretation of Genesis. Lord Kelvin, who had the age of the Earth “only” a couple of million years.
    But I notice that it includes Philip Henry Gosse, theorist of Omphalism.

  18. Talking of Philip Gosse, if any Hovindicators here ever fancy reading a second book I highly recommend “Father & Son” by Gosse’s son Edmund about his relationship with his YECist father. It’s an extraordinarily beautiful and powerful piece of writing.