Criminal Injustice System

FREE KENT HOVIND: A Case of U.S. Religious Persecution

Kent

BY GEORGE LUJACK

When speaking of the most dangerous countries on earth for Christians to practice their faith, the United States is not typically mentioned. Christians are free to worship in America, but only under America’s terms and conditions. The freedom to express (Christian) faith in the United States has been increasingly infringed upon during the past century. If a particular aspect of one’s Christian faith openly opposes and challenges any part of the American elitist secular establishment, then the U.S government, with its unlimited resources, can come down hard against any individual or group whose pronounced Christian beliefs threaten the nation’s secular ideology. Such is the case of Dr. Kent Hovind.

Kent Hovind, also known affectionately as Dr. Dino, is a Baptist Christian minister and a young earth creationist. Hovind established Creation Science Evangelism in 1991 and in 2001 he opened Dinosaur Adventure Land, a small theme park near his home in Florida. Hovind supports his ministry through various speaking engagements, theme park admissions and through creation science evangelism related merchandise sales.

Hovind’s ministry earned a decent amount of money for him to be able to support himself, his family and his ministry. Yet comparatively speaking, to other well-known American televangelists, he made a pittance. Furthermore, Hovind claims to have taken a vow of poverty, and the money that he earns from his ministry was used solely for the chief purpose to further the work of his ministry and was not used for personal gain or accumulation of wealth.

In July 2006, Hovind was arrested and later convicted of 58 felony counts of tax related charges. The charges brought against Hovind, and his defense against these charges, are summed up, in layman’s terms, as such:

1. Twelve counts of willful failure to withhold federal income taxes and FICA taxes from his employee’s wages.

Hovind’s defense: He is a tax-exempt minister, not an employer of a business. Those who worked for him were either private contractors or were those assisting with his ministry. They were not his employees, but were either private businesses that he hired as a customer or co-workers for his ministry that were compensated accordingly.

2. Forty-five counts of structuring transactions to evade IRS reporting requirements.

Hovind’s defense: To avoid unnecessary IRS inquires, he was advised to make withdrawals – of his own ministry’s money – from his own ministry’s accounts, in amounts of less that $10,000. RICO laws were enacted to impede the ability of organized crime and drug cartels from using the American banking system to make large deposits and withdrawals of cash. It is not, nor should it be, a crime for a ministry to withdraw it’s own cash as funding needs of the ministry arise.

3. One count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the administration of the internal revenue laws.

Hovind’s defense: The only so-called “threat” Hovind made was that on a radio program when he prayed for an IRS agent investigating him.

On January 19, 2007, Kent Hovind was sentenced to ten years in prison and was ordered to pay the federal government over $600,000 in restitution. Hovind was scheduled to be released in the summer of 2015, but now is facing further criminal charges.

On February 9, 2015, Hovind is scheduled to begin a new trial, for six counts of mail fraud and criminal contempt charges. Hovind is now facing another 20-year prison sentence upon completion of his 10-year prison sentence. And what are these new charges for? The latest indictment accuses Hovind of “willfully, knowingly, and with intent to defraud, devise and intend to devise a scheme to defraud the United States” through “a Claim of Lien Affidavit of Obligation with attachments” and “four Memoranda of Lis Pendens.”

In layman’s terms, Hovind is being charged for using the prison mail system (fraudulently) to contest the government’s lien on his ministry’s property (contempt).

One of the lead prosecutors in Hovind’s first trial was U.S. Attorney John David Roy Atchinson who vigorously pursued a federal indictment against Hovind.

John David R. Atchison

On September 16, 2007, about 8-months after convicting Hovind to a 10-year prison sentence, Atchison was arrested at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in a sex crime sting operation. He was charged with “enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity using the Internet,” “aggravated sexual abuse” and “traveling across state lines to have sex with someone under the age of 12.” At the time of his arrest, Atchinson was carrying presents for his intended victim, including a doll and a pair of earrings. He also had a jar of petroleum jelly in his possession.

On October 5, 2007, Atchinson committed suicide by hanging himself in his prison cell. His secret life and desires of pedophilia were exposed and he wasn’t going to stick around to face the consequences of his ruined reputation or endure through his upcoming trial and likely conviction.

This writer has had the privilege of corresponding with Kent Hovind, from time to time, during his incarceration. His teachings are a great source of wisdom and knowledge. As a Messianic Christian and old earth creationist, I don’t agree with every single facet of either Hovind’s Christian faith or his creation beliefs, but I am in agreement with the majority of what he teaches.

ROMANS 1:24-25 [WITH INTERPRETATION]:
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God (AS CREATOR) for the lie [OF EVOLUTION], and worshiped and served the creature [THROUGH EVOLUTION] rather than the Creator [GOD], who is blessed forever.

Why was Kent Hovind arrested and sentenced to 10-years on trumped up tax evasion related charges? Is it because he and his ministry are illegitimate or are some great tax evaders that needed to be brought to justice? No. Kent Hovind is a powerful, effective and convincing creation science evangelist, whose faith and science based arguments refuting evolution theory cannot easily be dismissed by anyone in the secular evolution “scientific” field.

To those who contend that Hovind is a justly convicted tax cheat, the fact remains that the average sentence for a tax convict in 2013 was just 14 months and typically those sentenced were much richer and often cheated the government out of millions of more dollars than Hovind was ever accused of doing.

A biased, perverted pedophile U.S. prosecutor, that was all but certainly an evolution-believing atheist, targeted Kent Hovind for unlawful prosecution. Kent Hovind was imprisoned for his effectiveness in refuting the theory of evolution. He is a threat to the godless evolution “scientific” community who wants to keep him silenced.

This injustice needs to end. FREE KENT HOVIND!

52 Comments

52 Comments

  1. Hugh Jarrse

    January 10, 2015 5:51 am at 5:51 am

    Kent is in prison for fraud, nothing to do with his silly “universe is 6,000yrs old” beliefs, to say he is being persecuted for his religious beliefs is madness. The USA is the home of crazy beliefs from The Nation of Islam to Heavens Gate and Scientology! Creationism is no more credible or ridiculous than those three crazy religions I just plucked out of the air. Kent is locked up because he’s a crook, not because he’s a religious nut

    • George Lujack

      George Lujack

      January 10, 2015 6:52 am at 6:52 am

      You did read the part about the lead prosecutor in the case, 8-months later, being arrested for pedophilia and then later committing suicide? There are NUMEROUS ministries and religious leaders in the United States that make far more than Kent Hovind did and they pay zero taxes. To call Hovind a “crook,” means that you would like to see all LEGALLY tax exempt ministers in the United States brought up on tax charges.

      And it was not Kent’s 6,000-year-old earth belief that got him incarcerated; it was his logical scientific refutation of evolution theory.

      • Anonymous

        January 10, 2015 9:04 am at 9:04 am

        What? Ask anyone need do is is search YouTube for “Why Do People Laugh at Creationists” or “Hovindisms” and watch his garbage carbon copy baloney get destroyed.

        Rational Wiki provides a better read than your trash and is better sourced.

        • #FreeKent Hovind

          February 1, 2015 1:47 pm at 1:47 pm

          Your a wiki guy huh? You know what I say about people like you?…

          “me smart boy, me google, me read wikipedia, me watch funny movie…”

          Sorry but you have no idea what you are talking about sir.

        • Anonymous

          February 11, 2015 1:05 am at 1:05 am

          They can laugh all they want at creationists, it still doesn’t change the fact that evolution cannot be proven with the scientific method.

        • Alacia Edwards

          February 26, 2015 12:38 am at 12:38 am

          What do thoughts on YouTube have to do with whether or not Kent Hovind is in jail? Do you even understand what is happening?

      • Perry Scott

        January 11, 2015 7:27 am at 7:27 am

        How does the prosecutors arrest after the trial have any bearing on the decision to incarcerate Hovind ? And now that he’s dead has he trumped up the latest round of charges from beyond the grave or is it just possible Hovind may bear some responsibility ?
        There are indeed numerous religious leaders living lives of luxuriant excess paying no taxes. They drive $250,000 cars and live in 5 or 10 million dollar mansions.
        Come and be healed they say, ….. they won’t pull into a hospital ward to ply their snake oil. They hire the biggest venue needed to hold the gullible and pass the the plastic buckets around. Tax the lot of them i say. It’s a rort !
        1: Failure to withhold federal income taxes and FICA taxes from his employee’s wages.
        2: Structuring transactions to evade IRS reporting requirements.
        3:Corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the administration of the internal revenue laws.
        If you are saying Hovinds prosecution and imprisonment is invalid you need to lay out you reasoning and evidence for making that assertion. The court transcripts will be a matter of public record and i presume there will have been a right of appeal. Make your case.
        Hovinds YEC nonsense has nothing to do with it either and rest assured if he had logically refuted The Theory of Evolution he would be lauded by science academies all over the world and pick up a Nobel prize on his way to lunch with the president.

        But no, you are disposed to invent excuses and see conspiracies at every turn.

        • #FreeKent Hovind

          February 1, 2015 1:51 pm at 1:51 pm

          You use a lot of words and double speak hegelian dialectic nonsense. There is plenty of evidence proving Kent’s innocence and everyone is waking up the illegal persecution our Brother in Christ is undergoing…

          Nice try, but you may want to condense your illogical questions and statements to a minimum.

      • #FreeKent Hovind

        January 13, 2015 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm

        The persecution and genocide of Christians around the world is at an all time high. It’s sad that we are being imprisoned in America, illegally….

        This entire case against Kent is fraudulent and at best disingenuous.

        CHRISTIANS STAND UP AND FIGHT BACK OR LOSE AMERICA FOREVER

        It’s time to #FreeKent – SHARE VIDEO AND GET INVOLVED: Illegal Imprisonment of Christians is running rampant in America and Christian Genocide is at an all time high around the world.

        Christians need to stand side by side and reclaim America, or lose it forever.

        OUR FIRST FIGHT IS TO #FREEKENT

        Share video with everyone you know and get active: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AUVh_oYCwg

      • Dr. GS Hurd

        January 16, 2015 12:16 am at 12:16 am

        There are many Christian clergy guilty of rape, child rapes, and murders. Should their crimes disprove Christianity?

        Of course not.

        Kent Hovind was thrown in jail because he was convicted of dozens of serious felonies. He was not sentenced to 8 years- he was sentenced to 10 years. It was Republican conservatives that passed the Federal law restricting a Judge form minimizing a sentence, and insisting that a minimum of 80% of a sentence be the minimum time served. Kent Hovind was trapped by conservatives, and his own actions. He got that serious sentence because he was recorded making plans to hide assets, and making threats toward the court. He was bounced around in the Federal Prison system because he is a manipulative egotist.

        Kent Hovind is still unrepentant, and is still trying to commit frauds. He will stay in jail.

        • #FreeKent Hovind

          February 1, 2015 1:54 pm at 1:54 pm

          Sounds like you are an atheist? You must be okay with sexually immoral, pedophile, mentally ill and psychotic people with a g-d complex running government and our court system. You commit felony’s everyday and you don’t know it my friend (unless the government and mentally ill people with a g-d complex want to hurt you because they can).

          Oh, by the way, atheists hate Christ and God so much so they want to hurt believers in any way they can.

          • Anonymous

            March 22, 2015 1:44 am at 1:44 am

            When did you completely surrender your rational thinking skills? To claim he is in jail for thinking evolution is wrong is just unbelievably daft. As far as bringing all tax exempt churches on tax evasion it is a nice thought but even that moron Ken ham filed his taxes for his nonsense creation theme park, granted he is whining about not getting public fundin, knew this. There is no persecution of Christians in America, this notion comes from Christians no longer bring able to put their special interest above the good of society unchallenged.

      • Anonymous

        March 22, 2015 1:42 am at 1:42 am

        When did you completely surrender your rational thinking skills? To claim he is in jail for thinking evolution is wrong is just unbelievably daft. As far as bringing all tax exempt churches on tax evasion it is a nice thought but even that moron Ken ham filed his taxes for his nonsense creation theme park, granted he is whining about not getting public fundin, knew this. There is no persecution of Christians in America, this notion comes from Christians no longer bring able to put their special interest above the good of society unchallenged.

    • Anonymous

      January 11, 2015 10:10 am at 10:10 am

      Hmm. And Al Sharpton, not of a conservative bent to say the least, still owes the IRS, what…20 Million Dollars? And he is invited into the White House as an adviser.

      Still think ideology has nothing to do with it? Then go back and stick your head in the ostrich hole.

      • Anonymous Atheist

        January 12, 2015 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm

        Al Sharpton doesn’t own 20 million dollars to the IRS. He does (or did) owe a significant amount in back taxes, but do you know why he’s not in jail while Hovind is? Sharpton has been cooperating with the IRS in getting the money he owes paid.

        If Hovind had cooperated with the IRS instead of just trying to declare the entire system of US taxation invalid, Kent Hovind would still be earning millions on the creationist speaker circuit today, instead of languishing in jail.

        • I Don't Believe In Atheists

          January 26, 2015 2:06 am at 2:06 am

          It’s amazing the atheists have come out in force to keep Hovind in jail. Why are you even here unless his videos have touched you in some way that you still can’t argue with? So here you are with your Religion of Nothing, trying to keep a good man down because he can destroy your world view. This man’s “crimes” are nothing compared to a person convicted of pedophilia, but you’ll see one of them get released before a good Christian man who loves his family and has done good in his community. The fact you are here defending the actions of this tyrannical government speaks volumes about the character of your soul. BTW, that last comment was directed to the rest of the Religion of Nothing that will pop on here to persecute this man of God.

    • Kenneth

      January 31, 2015 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm

      You are another agent of satan. Hope you enjoy the hospitality of your master.

    • Anonymous

      March 2, 2015 5:14 am at 5:14 am

      Another example of insanity, lunacy, hypocrisy, and the like. Sad state of the USA.

    • Anonymous

      April 14, 2015 12:23 am at 12:23 am

      Uhhh.. Did you read the story? Did you read the part about minimum sentencing?. Your a hater hands down if you can still clap you’re hands over a wrongful prosecution. Please consider your thoughts.

    • Anonymous

      November 12, 2015 8:59 pm at 8:59 pm

      You idiot. Kents done norhing wrong

  2. Rudy Davis

    January 10, 2015 6:51 am at 6:51 am

    Hello John Doe,

    I along with so many others are deeply grieved in our hearts when we hear that they are trying to keep Kent Hovind in prison for the remainder of his life as people were looking forward to him being released in 2015. I truly believe this is an innocent man in prison and a POW (Prisoner of War) in the spiritual warfare of Good vs Evil. God will get the glory in Kent’s case no matter what. As you may know, Kent will not compromise with the devil and has maintained his innocence the entire 99 months that he has been incarcerated.

    Below is a form letter we are sending out to anyone and everyone who might be able to help shed some light on the injustice being done to this Christian minister.

    We are asking that you educate yourself and take whatever action God leads on behalf of our brother in the Lord, Kent Hovind. I am not ashamed of the chain of my brother.

    2 Timothy 1:16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:

    ****************************************
    Hello John Doe,

    Can you please review Kent’s situation and use your influence to shed additional light on Kent’s case?

    THE URGENCY IS THAT THEY ARE NOW ATTEMPTING TO KEEP KENT HOVIND IN PRISON FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS LIFE ON TOP OF AN 8 YEAR SENTENCE THAT HE HAS ALREADY SERVED.

    Al Sharpton owes 4.5 million in back taxes and visits the whitehouse over 80 times and Kent Hovind gets sent to prison as an innocent man. We need you to expose this injustice.

    Kent Hovind has a new scheduled court date on February 9th of 2015. We need a strong influence by that date.

    My name is Rudy Davis. I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and a friend of Kent Hovind. We recently visited this innocent man in Santa Rosa County Jail.

    Kent Hovind was talking about the New World Order decades ago. Four federal agents surrounded his wife in a night raid and took her to prison.

    Live jailhouse interview with Kent Hovind on the Manning Report
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eabs2fshfEc

    Kent Hovind explains the false charges against him in 8 minutes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cl7MhiynoY

    Kent Hovind The Real Reason he was sent to jail
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjOBqZNFt8k

    Prison for Creationist Because of Tax Fraud or His Religion?
    http://donboys.cstnews.com/prison-for-creationist-because-of-tax-fraud-or-his-religion

    http://www.2peter3.com
    http://www.freekent.com
    http://www.clubcreation.org

    100 reasons why evolution is so stupid
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8DDIe_2cHM

    Kent Hovind speaks from prison, January 9th, 2015
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAkWrAm4l1g

    Pastor Steve Anderson interviews Kent Hovind.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNjLU4eSJQE

    Kent’s prosecuting attorney John David Roy Atchison US Attorney (suicide pedophile)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_David_Roy_Atchison

    I am writing to you today, with concerns for the injustices that I perceive have been perpetrated upon one Mr. Kent Hovind. If you are not currently aware of who this man is, you can do a quick search for him on the internet, as he is a well known Baptist minister who made great strides in promoting Creationism before he was incarcerated for charges of tax fraud, structuring, and threatening an IRS agent. Sir, I will attempt the best I can to show you why I believe these charges are false, and why this man should not be where he has been for the past 8 years of his life. Please note that they are now trying to throw additional mail fraud charges at the man for another 100 years in prison.

    On the issue of tax fraud. First , I would like to make clear that I believe Kent’s witness, yet that in itself would not justify any thing. Yet I humbly ask you sir, to research these things, and view the trial transcript, or at least do what you can to bring this to your congregations attention. These are Kent’s own words below, and the “she” is Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Heldmyer.

    “Attached to my third affidavit (Exhibit #2) were letters from three tax professionals whom I had paid to review my ministry to insure I was obeying all tax laws that applied. IRS booklet #517 says I am to ask these three professionals if I have tax questions. Each professional- an IRS enrolled agent, a CPA and an attorney stated clearly that I was violating no law and owed no tax. She withheld these letters from both the Grand Jury and the Petit Jury to deceive them deliberately. I had also attached several letters that I had written to the lead IRS agent who testified against me, Scott Schneider. I sent him the letters from the tax professionals and asked him to please show me if I was violating any law. He had never answered a single letter and admitted so at trial. Attorney Heldmyer had all of this exculpatory evidence a full year before the trial yet she misled the juries and the court by maliciously withholding it. She violated her duty to insure I received procedural justice by not demanding his testimony be stricken from the record and the case be dismissed.”

    Please note that this man, Kent Hovind, is and never was a tax protester, only a man exercising his religious freedom in running a ministry dedicated to promoting the Biblical account of creation, and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As such, he was told by the very people that the IRS told him to contact with assistance in regards to his status concerning taxes that he owed none. They assured him, and this man has the letters to prove such, and that he was violating no tax law. Yet this man is, and has been in prison for the last eight years. This sir, is an outrage and I am doing my best to make this public, because there are three people, and possibly more, that have to be held to account, which you can make happen. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Heldmyer, IRS Agent Scott Schneider, and Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers. I beg of you to consider , just the possibility of Mr. Hovind’s allegations being true, in just the section above. That only scratches the surface of the injustices that I have perceived of this case.

    Secondly, on the issue of structuring. Sir, do you realize how utterly stupid this law is? It states that if a person makes withdrawals of less than 10000 dollars in order to avoid the bank reporting the transaction to the government (CTR), then that person faces a hefty fine and up to 5 years in prison, without regarding whether that person was actually laundering money, or if the funds were obtained illegally, but only for the fact that the person didn’t want the transaction of funds to be reported. I refer you to the 1994 case Ratzlaf v. U.S., in which the defendant was not guilty for the reason that the U.S. Supreme Court sensibly interpreted the word “willfully” in the Bank Secrecy Act to mean that in order to convict someone of structuring, the government had to show that the defendant knew that structuring was illegal. It wasn’t enough to show only that the defendant knew about the reporting requirement. Yet why is Mr. Hovind in prison? He was told by his Pastor to not do it, in order to avoid the reporting, yet does this mean Mr. Hovind was laundering money, or that he was stealing from somebody, or that he was drug dealing? Some people, like myself, would rather not be reported to the government for withdrawing my own funds (yet this man was withdrawing ministry funds!), and had no idea that it was illegal to withdraw 9999 instead of 10000 to avoid this (despite the funds being totally legitimate without me having anything to hide). How many Americans do not know this sir, and are being criminalized by this stupid law? You know that they took the word “willingly” out of the Bank Secrecy Act, so that now people can be prosecuted even if they don’t know that this action is illegal despite the legitimacy of their funds? This is outrageous, and it is outrageous that Mr. Hovind has given 8 years of his life for this.

    Thirdly, we should consider on what grounds they convicted this man of threatening an IRS agent while performing his duties on Mr. Hovind according to his account, can only surmise that since he prayed for that man on his radio show, it was interpreted as a threat against him. Should it matter what we pray to our God or gods for regarding people? Is that not our religious right? Even if I was praying death upon someone (Psalm 109), how is that perceived as a threat to do someone harm, or illegal? Is this the land of the free?

    Sir, this man Kent Hovind has many enemies, and few friends, and there are many lies concerning him spread across the internet. My greatest concern is that he is facing another one hundred years in prison for new charges being brought against him at the end of his sentence. Why? Why would they want to keep this man locked up after serving eight years in TWENTY different jails and prisons? It boggles the mind sir, and I am just asking that you review this for yourself, and hear both sides with an objective mind. I don’t know whether you are a creationist, or an evolutionist, I simply ask you as a representative of the American People, to exercise whatever power you have, to see that these questions are answered justly and thoroughly.

    Thank you Sir,
    Rudy Davis

    • RLBaty

      January 11, 2015 1:19 pm at 1:19 pm

      Rudy,

      I’ve been looking for an opportunity to possibly engage you in an open, honest discussion about matters of mutual interest regarding Kent’s legal problems which you, Kent and others commonly misrepresent.

      You wrote, in part:

      “I (Rudy Davis) truly believe this is an innocent man in
      prison…As you may know, Kent will not compromise…
      and has maintained his innocence the entire 99 months
      that he has been incarcerated.”

      Kent has compromised the truth with his false and misleading claims. The publishing of the trial transcript should help those interested to further document that such is the case.

      My special interest is in the “structuring” charges which also appears to be an issue near and dear to Kent’s heart and of which he often speaks as he misrepresents the details of that matter.

      I have a proposition outstanding for discussion as to any who may wish to take up that matter:

      Proposition for Discussion

      Withdrawing less than $10,000 in a single transaction
      with the intent to evade bank reporting requirements
      is a violation of the law and regulations and was at
      the time of the Hovind withdrawals in question and
      was the legal standard used to convict Kent Hovind
      of “structuring”.

      Robert Baty – Affirm
      Kent Hovind, et al – Deny

      Here’s the link to one of my places if any wish to take up that matter:

      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kent-Hovind-and-Jo-Hovind-v-USA-IRS/339508739517135

      Sincerely,
      Robert Baty

      • #FreeKent Hovind

        February 1, 2015 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm

        Nobody takes you serious Robert.

        Kent Hovind Defamer May Back Out Of Dan Bidondi Show AKA Robert Baty is a Coward: http://freekenthovind.com/2015/02/01/kent-hovind-defamer-may-back-dan-bidondi-show/

      • MegAnne

        February 7, 2015 2:40 am at 2:40 am

        I have questions…concerning the withdrawal of the funds from the bank. I am currently listening to what Kent Hovind is saying in the first interview on YouTube. Why did Kent withdraw cash if he was going to pay employees? Is a check not sufficient?
        Now, let me express that I am a “Born Again Christian.”
        Being Born Again, is living a deep and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I see many of you people arguing…debating…and having much to say about this situation, as I also am going to say something here.
        I know that Jesus Christ says, “Give unto Ceasar what is Ceasar’s, and render to God what is God’s.” Jesus clearly made it evident that we are to pay the government what we owe. God is very legal and fair. He wants things on earth done in moral, and right, just, and godly ways. Kent Hovind sent out a huge red flag, when he took cash in those sums out of the bank account. It’s not that he didn’t have the right to take money out…but my question is…in that he says, “he took the money/cash out to pay people or bills…why then did he take cash????? Checks are SO important, as they are a record of what, who and why someone was paid. These are crucial records in any church or business. Why? I have many more questions to address, but this will be the first. If anyone can enlighten me on this first question I would appreciate it, as I am not against nor am I for Kent Hovind until I know exactly what went down and why was there such a need to extract cash? I, being a Christian person want to know all the facts before I decide to back someone or walk away in prayer for that person.

        I would also like to know why Kent did not call IRS when first sent letters from them. He says that he, “sent letters back to them, yet never heard from them again.” Yet, in my past dealings with IRS, I have not waited, nor depended on a letter to clear anything up for me. I got on the phone immediately, then mailed letters afterwards…but I sure called them right away! This is another matter that does not make any sense to me?

        I am certainly hoping this man is innocent…but I need to get answers.

        • lauralee

          June 5, 2015 3:07 pm at 3:07 pm

          You tell me. What belongs to Ceasar and what belongs to God?? Are you saying that what belongs to Ceasar does not belong to God?? The Bible says that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Is there anything that does not belong to God??

          What Jesus said was an inkblot tests whereby the content of one’s own heart would be revealed. You said that Ceasar owns things… that God doesn’t. Jesus gave room for you to give that answer. And it’s a wrong answer to anyone who believes God is God and owns everything.

      • lauralee

        June 5, 2015 3:03 pm at 3:03 pm

        You actually want a man to go to prison for 10 years… for withdrawing ministry money from a ministry account??

        That is your idea of “justice”?? A victimless crime that is no crime at all.

        And you want him to go to prison for that??

        Heartless and cruel fail to describe adequately the merciless injustice of the malice reflected by ANYONE who says that taking money out of an account… is a “crime”.

        It’s not a crime. Anyone who says that is a crime… has made the government the owner of personal property.

        That’s a crime. It’s called THEFT… and it is a CRIME… a REAL CRIME for the government to declare it “owns” someone’s bank account and “makes the rules” for how individuals withdraw money.

        That’s THEFT and A FALSE CLAIM OF OWNERSHIP AUTHORITY OVER BANK ACCOUNTS.. by the government.

        And every single lawyer politician and bureaucrat who made that law… and enforced it against Kent Hovind… deserves to be brought up on charges of theft and false imprisonment.

        It’s NOT THEIR MONEY… it was UNDER HIS ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL… and HE DID NOTHING WRONG!!

  3. Rudy Davis

    January 10, 2015 6:52 am at 6:52 am

    ******** SEVEN THINGS ANYONE CAN DO FOR KENT HOVIND ********

    Item 1) Pray and ask the Lord for guidance

    Item 2) Educate Yourself on Kent’s case so you can speak intelligently…

    Kent Hovind explains the false charges against him in 8 minutes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cl7MhiynoY

    Live jailhouse interview with Kent Hovind on the Manning Report
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eabs2fshfEc

    Kent Hovind The Real Reason he was sent to jail
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjOBqZNFt8k

    http://www.2peter3.com
    http://www.godspropertyradio.com
    http://www.clubcreation.org
    http://www.freekent.com

    Item 3) Sign the petition

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/freekentandpaulnow#discussion

    Item 4) Donate to support efforts to Free Kent Hovind (care of Ernie Land trusted adviser)

    https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=WXG3XHX5JKE9J&lc=US&item_name=Ernie%20Land%20for%20Kent%20Hovind&currency_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

    Item 5) Write to Kent Hovind in Prison and also tell him your phone # and even visit him if you are in area

    Kent’s Mailing address.
    Santa Rosa County Jail
    C/O Kent Hovind
    P.O. Box 7129
    Milton, Fl. 32572

    Item 6) Setup a collect call for Kent to call you

    To setup a collect account to have Kent Hovind call you:
    GTL Advanced Pay System: 1-800-483-8314

    Item 7) Send out the mailer below to people of influence.

  4. Karen Bruno

    January 10, 2015 10:08 am at 10:08 am

    I pray for Kent Hovind all the time and look forward to the day when he is free. Bless you for writing this article.

  5. A P O'Beachain

    January 11, 2015 6:32 am at 6:32 am

    Set aside the Creationist distraction. Every faith group and individual church, mosque and synagogue is tax exempt on its income. Its rabbis, imams priests, ministers and employees are taxed on their salaries. This minister is wrong. It is un-Christian to expose the IRS man’s sins that may or may not have influenced his pursuit of this deceptive clergyman and his totally illegal defence. Immoral also. I know he had a right to communicate with his legal representatives and his personal faith-pastor/adviser without interference. Not sure why this was a charge. because it is not clear how he did that pleading.

  6. ddd

    January 12, 2015 3:46 am at 3:46 am

    so what is your problem with Kent if you dont like him leave him the **** alone

  7. ddd

    January 12, 2015 3:49 am at 3:49 am

    Robert Baty why should you care so leave Kent a loan

  8. #FreeKent Hovind

    January 13, 2015 3:10 pm at 3:10 pm

    Illegal Imprisonment of Christians is running rampant in America and Christian Genocide is at an all time high around the world.

    Christians need to stand side by side and reclaim America, or lose it forever.

    OUR FIRST FIGHT IS TO #FREEKENT

    Share video with everyone you know and get active: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AUVh_oYCwg

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  10. George Lujack

    George Lujack

    January 25, 2015 2:42 pm at 2:42 pm

    20 shocking attacks on Kent Hovind that North Korea would welcome. URGENT!:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwsDA-qivok

  11. javier

    January 31, 2015 12:37 am at 12:37 am

    please pray for mr kent hovind’s justice and release.

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  13. Sarah Rodrigues

    February 3, 2015 3:16 pm at 3:16 pm

    The assertion that atchison was the lead attorney who vigorously pursued Kent is outright lie, which is a sin. The lead attorney was Heldmeyer and she is doing just fine.

  14. Jonathon von Tischner

    February 6, 2015 9:10 pm at 9:10 pm

    I called the president every day to free Kent Hovind, finally he released some other guy (which is good still) so I was getting discouraged. Finally one lady wouldn’t give him the message anymore so I said life for life is discussing abortion. That day a helicopter hovered about 12 feet off the air next to my mom’s work when I came out of it. This government has left the Constitution and shows arbitrary exertions of power and should be overthrown, straight up. Of course this is all being recorded in their giant database, even though Nixon got in trouble for wiretapping lol. Shame on them.

    • Xthians Are idiots

      May 26, 2015 7:24 am at 7:24 am

      You might have your tinfoil hat on too tight there bucko.

  15. Rooch

    February 17, 2015 1:06 pm at 1:06 pm

    This man is a fraud. I know many Christians who are not.

    He is a liar and thief, and is where he belongs. He was in the wrong and now he is paying for that.

    • George Lujack

      George Lujack

      February 17, 2015 6:42 pm at 6:42 pm

      Rooch, you are absurd. Hovind was NOT convicted of fraud, was NOT convicted of being a tax cheat, and was NOT convicted of being a thief. It pains me to address ignorance, in many cases willful ignorance, but because stupidness abounds today, I must. I will address your ilk in my upcoming 3rd article on FREE KENT HOVIND.

    • Anonymous

      March 2, 2015 5:18 am at 5:18 am

      Ridiculously false comment. Unbelieveable.

    • A

      May 29, 2015 7:25 pm at 7:25 pm

      “It’s pretty tough to fight Goliath,” Hogan said. “The first time the IRS calls, you should go ahead and deal with it. It didn’t have to come down to this.”

      I enjoy much of what Hovind has to say, though I only learned of him in the past week, and have only minor disagreements with the more speculative, or the conspiracy theorist standpoints. I’m not denying there’s truth to them at all, just that they are unknown variables, so preaching them becomes dangerous in that it is instant and unlimited ammunition in the hands of your enemies and nay-sayers. Especially with dealing with today’s ever rising climate of anti-Christianity. Many in authority are just itching to round up, discredit, and incarcerate. They don’t require much motivation, and when their weapons are a hammer and sickle, you don’t require any ammunition.

      And with laws as they are, they’ve pretty much reached the turning point of being able to just start black-bagging people and making them disappear without cause or explanation. We’re already seeing this with a few cases of would-be whistle-blowers, and more outspoken and inquisitive journalists such as Gary Webb. Hovind’s are needed in such times. Bold, outspoken Christians, willing to take a stand.

      But adhering to the Word of Christ must remain absolutely foremost as a shield against those who would persecute you:

      Mark 12:16
      …They brought one. And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” And they said to Him, “Caesar’s.” 17 And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”…

      Just because you don’t agree with something, doesn’t mean you can go against laws of the land. Not unless those laws directly conflict with your religious beliefs and rights. But even then don’t lose sight of the big picture. Time on earth is very, very short. Wealth is an illusion. Having enough for your needs is something everyone deserves, and something that isn’t incredibly difficult to achieve if you can find happiness in just supplying needs. But anything beyond that is a dangerous thing. I work as a specialist in the oil/gas industry, nothing has tested my faith more than the wealth laid at my feet, but it is just money and possessions and any happiness I have from it is short-lived, and as Hovind said in one of his seminars, it never fills your true needs. And the more you have, the more it owns you and tries to tempt you away from God’s Word.

      Mark 10:25 “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

      Would it have been better for Hovind to remain steadfast and argumentative about the cash, that he can’t take to heaven? Was his withholding the funds prideful defiance? Was it important in his ministry to deny taxes? I believe Christ already answered that question.

      God has always provided if you refused to let your faith falter, even while they tore down the rest of your world (the book of Job is the best proof of that).

      God has used Hovind to touch the hearts and minds of many. God has a plan for each of his children, and I’m sure he continues to have plans for Hovind.

      Though articles, phone calls, videos/radio sessions, activism, and raising awareness have their place, prayer, as always, remains the best thing you can offer on Hovind’s behalf. And for his family too.

      Luke18:2 “There was a judge in a certain town who didn’t fear God or respect man…
      (I suggest you read the rest of the passage concerning what should be done with a God-denying judge [even denial doesn’t make you Godless. That’s like, as a child, covering your head with a blanket and thinking that you are invisible to a parent who just walked in the room. The parent is still there, and can definitely see you and have a little chuckle at your childish game, or scorn if you’re not going to bed like you were told. God is still there, denied or not, so I don’t like using the word Godless])

      Don’t hate judge Margret. Prayer for her is also best. She has her own evils, and evil in her family and associates to deal with, and no person on earth has the right to ‘cast the first stone’. She will sit before the only Judge, and she will have to make her own case on that day. I hope she’s been studying hard, because no amount of courtroom finesse can explain away a life, a heart, and a mind laid completely bare before Him.

      Don’t taint your own heart thinking too deeply on evils that others may be battling:

      Luke 18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

  16. Jeremiah Breeden

    February 24, 2015 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm

    Amen!

  17. GAMMY1

    March 1, 2015 4:10 pm at 4:10 pm

    How is it that there aren’t millions of Americans in the street with guns to take this man out of jail ?
    I discovered about Kent Hovind only some days ago, and believe it or not, I am a catholic and I ‘ve been waiting for 15 years to hear somebody speaking about Genesis as Kent Hovind does. And I think this is nothing else than the true catholic interpretation, though many Catholics shamefully disregard it. If I was an American I surely would be spending this night in prayer in the street in front of the place where he will be judged tomorrow. Unfortunately I am in Europe, but anyway I will fast and pray for him as strong as I can until he be released. Thanks for this article. God bless.

  18. Hugh Owen

    March 7, 2015 5:37 pm at 5:37 pm

    Could you please send me and the rest of your list the name and address of the presiding judge in Kent’s case so that we can write to him and ask him to have mercy upon Kent and his family?

    • George Lujack

      George Lujack

      March 8, 2015 4:06 am at 4:06 am

      The name of the Judge is Margaret Casey Rodgers. She will not have mercy. She is ruthless and will sentence Kent Hovind to the max if he is convicted.

  19. Michael

    April 7, 2015 3:42 pm at 3:42 pm

    It disgusts me to think that Kent went to jail over this when The “Church of Scientology” evaded taxes to the tune of a billion dollars.

  20. Jesus Christ

    April 29, 2015 7:47 pm at 7:47 pm

    There has been a debate about the bible and evolution for many years. I believe that this story should set the record straight.
    http://thesop.org/story/letters/2009/07/30/the-real-story-about-the-bible-and-evolution.php

  21. FreeKentHovind

    May 8, 2015 12:55 am at 12:55 am

    Could you please link to http://www.freekenthovind.com/ in your article.

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