Saturday, October 21, 2006
The Mind of Hovind
I have been trying to ignore the Kent Hovind trial. As the author of "Kent Hovind's $250,000 Offer" at the Talk Origins Archive, I regularly get email from some incredible mouth-breathers. So I figure, 'wait until (not if) he's convicted before blogging on it' and then at least I'll only have to endure the government conspiracy theories and "the 16th Amendment was never ratified" crap and wouldn't have to hear about the "shrinking sun" and other creationist forehead slappers.
But I can't resist! The latest from his trial is that a lawyer, David Charles Gibbs, affiliated with the Christian Law Association, a nonprofit organization that offers free legal help to churches nationwide and who presumably wouldn't be biased against Hovind, has testified to a social encounter he had with him at Dinosaur Adventure Land, during which the ever resourceful Kent explained that:
... he had no obligation to pay employee income taxes and explained with "a great deal of bravado" how he had "beat the tax system."
Gibbs said Hovind also told him he preferred to deal in cash and that when you are "dealing with cash there is no way to trace it, so it wasn't taxable."
He tried to stress to me that he was like the pope and this [DinoLand] was like the Vatican.If you have never seen pictures of Hovind's backyard tourist trap, I can tell you that the Sistine Chapel is not the very first thing that you will think of.
Proverbs 16:18 does spring to mind, however.
Proverbs 16:18 does spring to mind, however."
Well, when you think about it, all the popes pretty much did was hire a bunch of talent to do build a bunch of fancy stuff. So all Hovind would need is a little more cash and he would be in there with the big dogs. Except that Hovind doesn't lie about not having pride, but the popes do. Ergo, Hovind isn't like the pope... he's even better!