- Jul 16, 2004
Not exactly a debate but the topic may end up that way so posted it here instead...
linkThree years ago, "Doctor Dino" Kent Hovind of Creation Science Ministries was found guilty on 58 counts of failure to pay employee taxes and making threats against federal investigators. For almost two decades Hovind had claimed no income or property, insisting that was "employed by God" and that his staff were not subject to the IRS. Now, finally, the government has confiscated the holdings of this Christianist con artist, which means that Hovind's theme park, Dinosaur Adventure Land, may soon be available for purchase by other fundies who want to perpetuate the myth that T-Rexes and humans walked the planet at the same time. From PNJ.com: U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers’ 16-page order released late Thursday gives the government the green light to divide up the nine properties in and around the 5800 block of North Palafox Street and begin to sell them until the $430,400 forfeiture amount is satisfied. The properties have a combined value of more than what the Hovinds owe, according to Rodgers’ order, and any excess property available after the sales will be returned to the Hovinds. The Hovinds’ son, Eric, and business associate Glenn Stoll unsuccessfully tried to block the government’s attempt to seize the properties. They said they are the legal owners.
According to court documents filed by the U.S. attorney’s office, Kent Hovind tried to make a series of quick transfers to conceal his ownership of the properties at risk for seizure. But the Deity must have been sleeping on the job that day and the good reverend's chicanery was discovered. ("By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, and we wept...")
Surely Hovind is aware that the Bible clearly states (in Mark 12:17), "Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's" - a clear reference to taxes owed to the state. Good grief, even dinosaurs know that.