The Unjust Treatment of Kent Hovind

I don’t know how many of you have heard of Kent Hovind  or have followed his story, but I wanted to give you all an update and make you aware of the current injustice that he is experiencing.
From Forbes:
Kent E. Hovind (born January 15, 1953), an American young earth creationist, is considered by many to be one of the foremost authorities on science and the Bible. The amazing ability of Kent Hovind to communicate complicated scientific concepts in an easy-to-understand format makes this essential information accessible for youth and laypersons, as well as science professors. The goal of his creation seminars is to convince listeners to reject theories of evolution, geophysics, and cosmology in favor of the Genesis creation narrative from the Bible. As of 2012, this Creation Seminar has parts translated via subtitling in 37 languages.
While I do not agree with Kent on some doctrinal issues, we do agree on the majors.  As you will see in the video below, Kent has been the victim of unjust treatment in our legal system.  Let me be clear: he is most likely not without some amount of issue  (for example, not paying taxes, etc.)  While some people may say income tax is a farce, the courts will still put you in jail for not paying them, so I wisely choose to pay.
However, nothing warrants what this judge has done to Kent and continues to try to do to him.  If in fact the court documents have been altered, as argued in this video, that is a serious serious issue.
Please pray about how God may use you to help Kent Hovind through this situation.
God Bless, Tim Marks
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Below is an excerpt from a Forbes article on the Kent Hovind situation and what “structuring” is:

You will see reports that Kent Hovind is in prison for tax evasion. This is understandable. According to this recent Tax Court decision concerning Mrs. Hovind, neither he nor she were filing 1040s. That is not what he is in prison for. In 2006, a jury found Kent Hovind guilty on all counts of a fifty-eight count indictment. Twelve counts concerned failure to file quarterly payroll tax returns for Creation Science Evangelism (Mr. Hovind’s ministry which operated the Dinosaur Adventure Land theme park). Forty-five counts were for “structuring”. He or his wife made cash withdrawals from the bank in the amounts of $9,500 or $9,600 on forty-five separate occasions between the summer of 2001 and the summer of 2002. The 58th count said he had corruptly endeavored “to obstruct and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws” . That particular offense reminds me of a crime that the city cops I hung around with in the seventies used to talk about. They called it “ B and A”, which stood for “being an _______”. In Hovind’s case it included filing complaints, making threats and paying his employees in cash and calling them missionaries.The Creation Hall of Fame has replaced its statement that Mr. Hovind was testing the constitutionality of the tax laws and was unable to find a righteous judge with a lengthy statement by Hovind that explains that he was not doing that. Here are some excerpts:“I have NEVER been a tax protester. America was founded by those type guys and we NEED them today, but I am NOT one.  The government, however, broke over 20 laws to put me in prison. This has been the history of man. See the story of Joseph, Job, Jesus, 6 million Jews in Hitler’s camps etc.  I DO NOT say the tax laws are unconstitutional nor did I break one to “prove a point” or “test the law.”Hovind appealed his conviction and sentence to the Eleventh Circuit, which upheld both, but he has not given up.

He has a letter from an anonymous sympathetic banker on his site that gives this analysis of the structuring charge:

By this twisted logic, if you deposit or withdrew $500 from your own bank account every week for 21 weeks, you could be arrested and charged with 21 counts of structuring because the amount went over $10,000.‘ You could be fined $5,250,000 and sentenced to 105 years in prison (even though you never had the $10,000 in your account at any one time and the money was not earned or spent illegally)!

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UPDATE:  Charges against Kent Hovind DROPPED!

He is out! Here is the link to the Kent Hovind official blog with all official updates:

KentHovindBlog.com

As well, check out this YouTube video!

4 thoughts on “The Unjust Treatment of Kent Hovind”

  1. Tim, this treatment of Kent is disgraceful. Thank you for sharing this information so that more people can be aware of what a travesty of justice this represents and that our awareness may hasten his release and vindication.

  2. I have been a fan of “Dr Dino” Kent Hovind for about 17 years now and he was my first in depth study of Creation and How the Bible lines up WITH science (which lead me to Ham and others) and helped develop an actually backed belief of mine, and not only that, but Like Tim says, Know why you believe what you believe. Kent’s logic in pointing out the scary conclusions different world views lead to is eye and heart opening.
    Plus his Testimony and Gospel message and teaching / sharing style should be something that we can all learn something from and be bolder in our own faith walk (and talk)

    I personally travelled a ways when he happen to come up into Canada to see him and he went through his “Lies in the Text book” series using my very own High School science book, Boy did that make me mad for the Lord.

    Just like the Book of Acts and Romans etc, Paul didn’t plan for his arrest either, but the message got to more people (including key people he’d never of gotten to) by going through God’s “back door” then most likely Paul’s default plan. I already know this is turning out to be a God glorifying explosion of truth, and it’s not over yet 🙂

    Now we do the gut check to do our part. Blessings. GTK

  3. Love Hovind’s work, Praise God for what he has done to spread the truth about evolution in and out of the prison system. What a great example of not wallowing in your situation, but using your trials and hardships for the glory of God!

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