Our regular readers know who Kent Hovind is — he’s one of the all-time great creationists. The last time we wrote about him was a year ago: Kent Hovind Again, and He’s Amazing! Having been released from prison for income tax violations — related to his creationist activities — he returned to the creationism business and filed suit against the United States for half a billion dollars. Besides suing the US, he was also suing the judge, the prosecutors, and his own attorney.
Today, dear reader, we have some news about that litigation. It appears at the Forbes website, and their headline is Kent Hovind Half Billion Dollar Lawsuit Dies With A Whimper. It was written by Peter J Reilly. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
The drama that commenced just over a year ago when Kent Hovind and Paul John Hansen, as trustee for Creation Science Evangelism, filed a lawsuit in the US District Court Northern District of Florida has come to an unsatisfying though predictable conclusion. Judge T. Kent Wetherell, II approving the recommendation of Magistrate Michael J. Frank ruled that “All the claims in the second amended complaint are DISMISSED with prejudice, and the Clerk shall close the case file”. (emphasis in the original)
Forbes gives us some background:
Kent Hovind is an Independent Baptist minister best known for his advocacy of Young Earth Creationism (YEC). YEC is the notion that there is scientific support for a hyper literal reading of Genesis. Sum up all those begats and you get a world that is about 6,000 years old. One of the implications of YEC is that people and dinosaurs must have coexisted. Hence his sobriquet Doctor Dino and the creation in Pensacola of Dinosaur Adventure Land (DAL).
In 2006 Hovind and his then wife Jo were convicted of a variety of tax related crimes – failure to withhold on DAL employees, who were characterized as missionaries [Hee hee!], structuring – systematically making withdrawals of less than $10,000 to avoid bank cash reporting – and interfering with the administration of the tax law. They were also found civilly liable for millions of dollars in income tax including fraud penalties.
We’re skipping some details about Paul Hansen, who was also in business with Hovind. Then Forbes says:
After his release Kent went to work building a new ministry. There is a new Dinosaur Adventure Land in Lenox, Alabama. And Kent has a pretty strong YouTube presence with over 25 million cumulative views. You can learn there almost daily that:
The Bible is true and evolution is dumb. Dinosaurs always lived with man. They did not live millions of years ago. And evolution is the dumbest and most dangerous religion in the history of the world!
That sounds wonderful, but let’s get back to the news. Forbes tells us:
Hovind has also devoted a good bit of effort to overturning his conviction and being compensated for all the harm it caused him. This lawsuit was the most recent and arguably most spectacular attempt given the damages claimed.
Paul Hansen’s theory [Hanson is co-plaintiff with Hovind] that he based the case on is that the jurisdiction of the federal government is extremely narrow. As far as I can tell the idea is that since the Constitution gives the federal government exclusive jurisdiction over what would become the District of Columbia and land where there are forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards and other needful buildings, it has no jurisdiction anywhere else except by contract. Judge Rodgers et al never established that Hovind was subject to the authority of the federal government, so taking his stuff and locking him up was criminal. … Hansen claims that attorneys know that he is right, but are afraid to say so because they will get disbarred. He told me that when judges and prosecutors realize that he is on to them they will usually fold.
Brilliant legal work! We’re skipping several paragraphs that quote Hansen. If you like that kind of thing, click over to Forbes and have a ball! Ah, then they quote the judge’s opinion tossing out the Hovind lawsuit:
Indeed, the objections demonstrate the frivolous and delusional nature of this suit when, among other things, they assert that plaintiff Hovind and his ministry were beyond the jurisdiction of the United States and the the obligation to pay income taxes is tantamount to being conscripted into involuntary servitude as a “tax collector for the United States”.
But Forbes doesn’t think that’s entirely crazy. Their author says:
As Robert Baty pointed out to me the second part of that is an unfair characterization of Hovind’s argument. He was convicted of failing to withhold from employees not for not paying his own income taxes. Not that he did pay his own income taxes, but that remained a civil matter. So the servitude argument is not quite so delusional.
Okay. We’ll give one point to Hovind. Oh, then they talk about Baty. He visits this humble blog occasionally, so we’ll give you that material:
Robert Baty runs the Facebook site Kent Hovind’s Worst Nightmare. He is one of the few Hovind critics that Kent will sometimes mention by name. Baty is a retired IRS Appeals officer and Hovind and others believe that he has been brought out or retirement to harass Hovind.
The remainder of the Forbes article is a bunch of quotes from Robert Baty. Here’s a bit of that:
I was pleased to see that the Court did not waste time in providing a legal analysis to the many “frivolous & delusional” claims made by Hansen & Hovind; just 2 pages to dismiss. … Kent Hovind has pledged the rest of his life to such antics. Will he continue? What will be his next step? I don’t know.
So there you are, dear reader. The latest chapter in the apparently endless saga of Kent Hovind. If you like this sort of thing, be of good cheer. It’s almost certain that there will be more.
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