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Kent Hovind’s Latest Lawsuit Is Dismissed

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.

Forbes continues:

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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Hambo Says the Millennial Generation Is Doomed

Our morning and afternoon news sweeps produced nothing and the creationist websites we monitor are dull, so this is what we’re going to talk about. It’s from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). As you know, he’s the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Hambo’s post at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry, is titled 43% of Millennials “Don’t Know, Care, or Believe God Exists”. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A massive generational change has occurred in America, and we’re feeling the effects of this upheaval. I’ve been warning that this is coming for decades, and it’s certainly here (and with no sign it’s slowing down!). What do I mean? Well, consider the results of the American Worldview Inventory 2021, a survey conducted by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University — it perfectly highlights this sad generational shift.

Hambo describes the results of the survey:

According to this new survey, a shocking 43% of American Millennials (identified in this survey as those born between 1984–2002) “don’t know, care, or believe God exists.” [Gasp!] Less than half (48%) hold to the “Golden Rule” of “treat others as you want them to treat you,” while nearly 4 in 10 (38%) give the green light to revenge, saying “you try to get even with people who have wronged you.” Many Millennials believe “an abortion performed to reduce personal economic or emotional discomfort” and “premarital sex with someone expected to be their future spouse” are “morally acceptable.” All of these beliefs are in sharp contrast to those held by previous generations.

The only important issue is whether they’re going to be customers for the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. All the rest of it shouldn’t really matter to Hambo. Anyway, he says:

So, what is the dominant worldview of the younger generations? Dr. George Barna, the respected researcher behind this new survey, says the dominant worldview of our day is syncretism (i.e., a blend of a variety of religions and beliefs), leaning heavily on the worldview of Moral Therapeutic Deism. What is MTD? Well, it can be summarized with these key beliefs:

• God remains distant from people’s lives.

• People are supposed to be good to each other (i.e., moral).

• The universal purpose of life is being happy and feeling good about oneself.

• There are no absolute moral truths.

• God allows “good people” into heaven.

• God places very limited demands on people.

That doesn’t sound like ol’ Hambo’s view of things. Oh wait, there’s more. He tells us:

That certainly sounds like what the majority of people in the US believe today (particularly the younger generations). As the study mentioned above found, Millennials are “far more likely” than other generations to:

• Define success in life as happiness, personal freedom, or productivity without oppression

• Consider an abortion performed to reduce personal economic or emotional discomfort to be morally acceptable

• Consider premarital sex with someone expected to be their future spouse to be morally acceptable

• Deem reincarnation a real possibility

• Be liberal regarding fiscal and social policies

• Champion liberal theology

• Be among the “Don’ts” — people who either do not know if God exists, do not believe that He exists, or do not care if He exists

That’s a lot of un-Hambo beliefs. Let’s see what he thinks of it.

It’s all about being “happy” and feeling good — there’s no room for sin, God’s wrath, biblical justice, absolutes, personal responsibility, self-sacrifice, tolerance for others (love for enemies), or uncompromising biblical truth in a worldview that’s all about me, what I think, and what makes me feel good in the here and now.

This is intolerable! Hambo continues:

In other words, as I’ve said many times before, these younger generations aren’t irreligious or neutral about worldviews. They have a religion — it’s a religion of their own making as they act as their own gods. It’s man’s word as the authority. It’s secularism, where man is the authority and decides truth. Such a worldview may borrow morality, or other truths like the existence of God, from the Bible, but it is distinctly un-Christian. It’s based on the sand of man’s opinion, grabbing elements from a variety of different “religious traditions,” not on the unchanging rock of God’s Word.

Hambo then tells us why all of the foregoing is a serious problem:

This worldview is radically changing the West because ideas have consequences. And ideas based in sinful, fallible man’s opinions will have deadly consequences. [Gasp!] History bears that out and modern generations won’t be an exception.

Jeepers, he’s right! And the worst part of it is that none of those millennials will be buying tickets for visiting Hambo’s ark. What can be done? It won’t surprise you to learn that the last third of ol’ Hambo’s post consists of his advice. No, he doesn’t recommend holy war, nor does he even mention teaching creationism in public schools. His advice is just a bunch of holy moly stuff. If you’re interested, click over there and read it all. But the bottom line — the take-away message — is that Hambo is losing and he knows it. Interesting, isn’t it?

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AIG Says Public Education Is Anti-Christian

This is something you can’t learn anywhere else except at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Their article is titled Christian Education vs. Public School, and it was written by Brandon Clay, about whom we know nothing. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

We’ve made it to Memorial Day and your child’s school year is likely done. But we shouldn’t be so quick to forget about the lasting impact of school — especially for your own child. Have you ever considered, how many days will your child be in school by the time they finish 12th grade? Literally, how many actual days do you have to formally educate your child? According to National Center for Education Statistics, the range of days that states mandate for in-class instruction for kindergarten through 12th grade is 160–180 days per year. Taking the average of the range, that gives us 170 days/year or 2,210 days for 13 years of K–12 education, not including preschool. That’s a lot of days — or is it?

Okay, it’s a lotta days. What’s Brandon getting at? He says:

What will your child learn in those 2,210 days? Your son or daughter will learn biology [Hee hee!], grammar, algebra, history, art, physical education, sports, social skills, geography, and many other useful things. But underlying whatever education your child receives is a worldview. [Worldview?] A worldview is a lens through which your children will look at the world. It addresses origin, morality, meaning, and destiny among other areas. The worldview in the education they absorb, either directly or subtly, becomes the foundation for the rest of their life. And this worldview, by its nature, is religious. [What?]

Shocking, huh? Brandon explains:

Every school is religious, including Christian schools, homeschools, charter schools, and public schools. Whether the school is funded by a denomination or is consciously “secular,” schools will ultimately address the foundational areas of origin, morality, meaning, and destiny.

Skipping his quote from someone named Doug Wilson, Brandon he tells us:

Wilson’s point is clear. Regardless of where your child goes to school, it will be religious. It will address fundamental concerns in life, such as whether there’s a God, what he communicates to people, and how we should treat others. Education can’t help being religious because that is its nature.

Okay, that settles it. We all went to religious school. Brandon knows some of you disagree, so he explains:

Public schools in the United States actively teach religion. [What?] One aspect of a religious worldview is origins: the question of where everything, and of course humans, came from. Public schools in America are commissioned, under threat of legal action, to teach evolution as the origin story. And evolution is not observational science since it’s not observable, repeatable, or testable. [Gasp!] Instead, evolution is a religious doctrine that is dependent upon naturalistic principles, yet it lacks unambiguous evidential support. But that doesn’t stop public schools from teaching it.

Your Curmudgeon is shocked — shocked! Brandon then mentions a bunch of court cases, including Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, and he informs us:

Every challenge a school district or teacher has brought against teaching evolution in public schools has failed in the courts. The religious origins narrative of evolution is protected by law. When public schools get out of line, lawyers straighten them out.

Jeepers, he’s right! What Brandon calls the “religious origins narrative of evolution” really is protected by law. We’re only about halfway through his article, but Brandon summarizes what he’s said so far:

Public schools cannot support biblical Christianity because they are founded on a different, naturalistic religion. At its core, public education is anti-Christian. Going back to your child and those 2,210 days in the classroom: if she attends a public school, those 2,210 days will indoctrinate her into an anti-Christian worldview. Even if that is not the intent, it will be the effect.

We’ll skip the second half of Brandon’s article, because it’s all about how — regardless of what goes on in public schools — parents can teach their children The Truth™. Go ahead, read the whole thing. Then let us know what you think.

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Hambo Wants To Save the Next Generation

This is likely to scare you, but it’s definitely worth reading — well, some of it is. We’re talking about the latest from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). As you know, he’s the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.

Hambo’s new post at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry, is titled How Can We Raise Godly Generations? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Gen Z — today’s young people — what do they believe? Well, in America, a whopping 74% believe morality is relative [Huh?], 1 in 6 identify as LGBT [Really?], and they are twice as likely to be atheists than preceding generations [Gasp!]. They’re surrounded by secularism, destructive LGBT and CRT ideology [What?], “deconstruction” and “exvangelical” stories, and voices loudly proclaiming progressive Christianity as the “true” version of Jesus. For those in Gen Z who profess true faith in Christ — how will they stand?

There’s a lot of jargon in that paragraph. Some links to Wikipedia articles may be useful, so here goes: Gen Z is Generation Z. Wikipedia says:

Generation Z (or Gen Z for short), colloquially known as zoomers, is the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alpha. Researchers and popular media use the mid-to-late 1990s as starting birth years and the early 2010s as ending birth years.

Most of you know what LGBT means, and CRT means Critical race theory, about which your Curmudgeon will not speak or blog. Why? Because it’s just too inflammatory.

Okay, back to Hambo. Having described the horrors of Gen Z he says:

And what about the generation (Alpha) coming after them? Well, we know that ultimately God is in control and it is God who saves people from every generation. But we must do what is our responsibility:

He then lists a whole bunch of things he thinks we should do, but it basically amounts to preaching and praying all the time. Regarding that, he tells us:

We must be purposeful, dedicated, and diligent, preferably from the time they’re born, to teach our children the ways of the Lord. Of course, this doesn’t guarantee their salvation — every person has to answer for their own sins — but it does give them a strong foundation, and God often uses faithful and godly parents to transmit the spiritual legacy to the next generation (that’s a common theme in Scripture and the reason parents are commanded to teach their children the things of God!).

That’s a lot of responsibility, but don’t worry — Hambo is going to help. Let’s read on:

You can discover more about transmitting a godly legacy to your children, grandchildren, and other children the Lord has allowed you to minister to at our upcoming Answers for Pastors & Christian Leaders conference [Link omitted!] (which is open for anyone to attend) at the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky, October 5–7, 2021.

Ooooooooooooh! What an opportunity! Hambo continues:

You’ll hear from Dr. Conrad Mbewe, Justin Peters, and me, along with special worship from Michael O’Brien. It’s going to be an incredible time of equipping you to equip the next generation.

Who could resist that? And now we come to the end:

The “early bird” price — which includes the conference and a seven-day pass to both the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum — ends May 31, so be sure to register today.

And don’t forget to tell ’em that the Curmudgeon sent ya!

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