"This is based on misperceptions," Stoll said. "They don't understand how the church is created and registered, how it operates under church law, which is entirely separate from secular authorities."I'm not sure which is more amusing, the fact that they use this kooky argument, or the fact that they actually seem to believe it. For most people, an entirely self-serving argument that arbitrarily singles one out for special treatment is appealing only to one's sense of greed, not one's sense of fairness. But I think that Hovind and his ilk sincerely believe they are above the law. This is basically the deal with the building permits -- Hovind's argument is that he doesn't need no steenkin' permits because the government has no jurisdiction over his "church". So when the government insists that Hovind follow the law like everyone else, he claims he's being persecuted on religious grounds. So much for rendering unto Caesar. Not surprisingly, this isn't the first time the tax-man has had problems with Hovind. Several years ago he was ordered to pay back taxes after having failed to file with the Federal government ever. In an attempt to circumvent the ruling against him, Hovind tried to declare bankruptcy, claiming that he had no assets or income. The court ruled that his bankruptcy was filed in bad faith. All of this is pretty funny if somewhat mind-boggling, but do keep in mind that just because a creationist is an obvious huckster, this is, for some reason, no barrier to him having a large following and a great deal of influence. In 2001 (yes, in the 21st century), the Arkansas state legislature invited
Hovind in trouble with law (again).
I'm going to start another new feature here, only because this subject fascinates me so much. It will be a series of posts on the subject of fringe religious groups, particularly those in the loonier groups of the religious right wing in the United Sta... Read More
Kent Hovind AKA "Dr. Dino" Kent Hovind is an old fashioned fire and brimstone Evangelist operator who tours the nation tirelessly giving Creationism seminars and offering to debate scientists who support evolution in a manner disturbingly similar to t... Read More