Closing the loop on my earlier articles on Kent Hovind, I can point readers to this piece at Forbes and the judge’s order, filed yesterday, which acquitted Hovind on the contempt of court charge.
Nothing in this order or an earlier dismissal of charges exonerates him on his tax crimes.
I was interested in this primarily because David Barton decided to get involved via his interview of Hovind, a creationist who has run afoul of other creationists on sciency creation science.
Today, David Barton’s Wallbuilders Live broadcast their interview with Kent Hovind.
There is a vigorous group of folks who have taken positions on Hovind’s crimes and I will be interested to read their comments about the interview.
Barton began by saying that people who do what Hovind did spend an average of 18 months in prison, if they spend any time there at all. Barton and Green think the length of his sentence is a red flag.
Hovind said he didn’t know any better, and he said the structuring law is stupid. He said he has paid every tax he owes. On this video, he says he hasn’t paid taxes in 28 years.
Barton links to freekenthovind.com; I encourage readers to also examine hovindology.com.
According to Kent Hovind’s handlers, Hovind will be interviewed by someone at Wallbuilders next Monday. That interview will be taped and presumably aired at a later date. Listen:
The basketball star interviews Dr. Dino.
Kent Hovind’s most recent legal battle is summarized at Forbes. Hovind is serving jail time for tax related crimes (e.g., failing to pay employee taxes, evading IRS reporting requirements). In this video, (at about 2:18) he said he hadn’t paid taxes in 28 years. Actually, he is not in jail for not filing returns but it does give indication about his attitude toward taxation.
This report from 2004 says Hovind defends the anti-vaxxers, and thought (thinks?) Laetril is a viable cancer treatment. Can’t wait to hear Hovind and Barton talk about HIV.
I once heard Hovind speak at a Baptist church. That was a few hours I will never get back but wish I could. I don’t remember much of the content but I remember thinking that Hovind saw himself as a kind of savior for the church. However, even fellow six-day creationists have rejected some of his ideas.
Barton can say just about anything these days (Division 1 basketball star, translator for the Russian gymnastics team, there is no HIV vaccine, etc.) and get away with it, so I doubt having convicted fraud Kent Hovind on will hurt him. However, it should say something about Barton to those evangelicals who are on the fence about him.
For more information on Hovind see the blog Hovindology.