Kent "Dr. Dino" Hovind is a young Earth creationist and convicted tax fraudster from Pensacola, Florida. He started and operated Creation Science Evangelism, which promoted Young Earth creationism and dominionist views through lectures and video sales. He also started and operated a small amusement park, Dinosaur Adventure Land, in the backyard of his house.
In April 2006, during the runup to Hovind's trial for tax evasion, much of the park was shut down due to Hovind's refusal to secure a building permit. He was convicted on the tax evasion charges in November 2006 and is now serving a 10-year sentence. His son, Eric, now runs the Dinosaur Adventure Land and the Creation Science Evangelism, which have since both been renamed. Kent Hovind is due for release on the 11th of August 2015.
 All you need to know
Hovind promotes himself as "Dr. Dino." His Ph.D. (i) is from Patriot Bible University, a diploma mill at someone's house, and (ii) is in "Christian education," a topic that has nothing to do with dinosaurs. Hovind collects these meaningless degrees like kewpie dolls. As of 2013, he claims to have four doctorates, in education, theology, biblical ministry, and divinity (The last one is "honorary" and neglects to mention what diploma mill operation the "degrees" were purchased from). He listed himself as "Dr." in the Pensacola phone book, which is unusual for someone with a real M.D or Ph.D.
Like any seasoned woomeister, Hovind is a true huckster and has a very practiced salesman-like pitch for his ideas - seriously, he sounds like an auctioneer or a used car salesman when he is attempting to make a point. His creation seminars consist of flashy slideshows that read like a top 10 list of commonly seen (and refuted) "evidences" for creationism that contain little to no actual data or proof. These arguments are interjected with unfunny "jokes" or charming anecdotes about how he regularly stumps evolutionists with JAQing off, and topped off with a healthy serving of mined quotes. Instead of providing evidence for his assertions, Hovind routinely uses circular reasoning while accusing paleobiologists of the same thing. His 4th seminar "Lies in the Textbooks" is dedicated almost entirely to this. Like most creationists, his usual rhetoric consists of creating and attacking a strawman of evolution and so-called inaccuracies (read: explanations that require more than one-sentence answers) in the geologic column and other referential tools scientists use when conducting historical science. And like any good creationist, he is not above (and in fact enjoys) reminding listeners that Darwin caused the holocaust.
 $250,000 challenge
He is well known for his "$250,000 Challenge", in which he states that he will pay $250,000 to anyone that can prove evolution. The challenge is based on a definition of "evolution" that includes the scientifically separate fields of abiogenesis and cosmology and bears only a superficial resemblance to what scientific theory actually says.
Much doubt has been raised as to whether the money exists or whether the challenge is legitimate. Hovind has offered no way to independently verify the existence of the jackpot (James Randi's diametrically opposed Million Dollar Challenge , for example, will give out information on the JREF's prize account at Goldman Sachs upon request), and he has not revealed the names of his board of selected challenge judges, making their objectivity and bona fides impossible to verify. So far, despite excellent responses, he has refused to give out the prize.
Specifically, in order to win his "evolution" challenge Hovind sets these conditions:
- NOTE: When I use the word evolution, I am not referring to the minor variations found in all of the various life forms (microevolution). I am referring to the general theory of evolution which believes these five major events took place without God:
- Time, space, and matter came into existence by themselves.
- Planets and stars formed from space dust.
- Matter created life by itself.
- Early life-forms learned to reproduce themselves.
- Major changes occurred between these diverse life forms (i.e., fish changed to amphibians, amphibians changed to reptiles, and reptiles changed to birds or mammals).
Note that only #4 and #5 are actually germane to evolution to begin with; #1 is a matter of cosmology, #2 is astrophysics, and #3 is abiogenesis, a separate question in biology. Note also that Hovind phrases much of his challenge in a vaguely anthropomorphic manner, apparently implying intentional causation where science assumes none. Whether this is intentional or not is unknown, but it is certainly misleading. Note, finally, that Hovind claims that the theory of evolution posits that all of the five events took place without God; in fact, the theory makes no mention of God at all, let alone mentioning whether or not God exists, which is why many theists see evolution as compatible with their beliefs.
Eric Hovind has since discontinued the offer and no longer mentions it on any Hovind website.
 Criminal convictions
On July 13 2006, Kent Hovind was arrested, in an evil plot by evolution professors who did not want their "theory" to be debunked, on 58 tax-related charges. At his first court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Miles Davis, Kent hovind said “I still don’t understand what I’m being charged for and who is charging me”, whether this was a disguised early attempt at a plea to insanity or an honest question, is still not known.
Hovind was found guilty, and is currently serving a 10-year jail sentence for the 58 tax-related charges. He is known to be a fan of numerous anti-government conspiracy theories and has also shown strong indications of being a supporter of anti-Semitism. He generated a fair amount of confusion and giggling when, at his arraignment, he attempted to enter a plea of "subornation of false muster", apparently an obsolete military term meaning "being ordered to say you showed up at roll call when you weren't actually there". No one knew what the hell he was talking about, and many brains were permanently warped trying to figure out even that much. Needless to say, Hovind and his wife were soon convicted and sentenced. While a significant number of evangelical supporters claim that he is being persecuted as part of a government cover-up and want him set free, it looks highly unlikely. Some have even started petitions. The Supreme Court rejected his final appeal in January 2010.
 Activity in prison
Hovind still blogs from his cell by way of written notes carried by family and supporters, and has taken to writing self-aggrandizing "knee-mail" dialogues between himself and God. Independent observers have noted that his writing had started to look rather unhinged as of December 2007. This tends to ignore the fact that he was already unhinged before he went to jail, believing as he does that the US government and the New World Order were behind such terrorist attacks as the Oklahoma City bombing and the demolition of the World Trade Center. The federal government submitted jail phone calls between Kent Hovind and his wife Jo and son Eric to a federal judge to show Hovind refused to accept responsibility for his crimes. The calls are available online.
Hovind's writings, including wacky conspiracy legal filings, now appear on a website named www.2peter3.com after a New Testament chapter that describes how all those darned "scoffers" are going to get their comeuppance. The website is run by Paul Hansen, whom the WorldNetDaily described as "an attorney advising Hovind". Hansen is not a lawyer, does not have a law degree, and in 2013 the Nebraska Supreme Court issued an injunction preventing Hansen from "engaging in the unauthorized practice of law in any manner, including but not limited to holding himself out to another as being entitled to practice law as defined by § 3-1001" after an investigation of Hansen's blogs and legal "kits". Hovind's blog asks supporters to send their donations to Hansen and calls him "a law-educated, layman." Previously, Hansen made news for stealing from a disabled person and being sentenced to jail for refusing to address numerous housing code violations on his rental properties. Hansen doesn't pay taxes, doesn't have a driver's license, and despite acknowledging being a "native-born of the Land of Nebraska" and living in Omaha, claims he's not an American and doesn't have to obey federal or state law.
For people not interested in getting a driver's license, license plate, obeying public health codes or being an honorable citizen to pay taxes for public roads, prisons or fire departments, Hansen sells "briefs" on his website. But anyone interested in such advice show know Hansen has two warrants for his arrest by the Omaha Police Department for failing to appear in court as well as tax liens for more than $30,000. A typical example of Hansen's work for Hovind is a 2011 letter to the Florida Attorney General that tells the government Hovind is a "free inhabitant" per the Articles of Confederation and the government "must accept the Articles of Confederation" Yes, you read that correctly: Hansen bases his argument for overturning Hovind's felon convictions on a system of governance that dissolved itself in 1789. Thus, Hovind's source for legal advice is on par with his sources for information on science.
Just how bad are Kent Hovind's recent legal ramblings, filed with Hansen's help? Eric Hovind gets them removed from creationist websites.
Kent is scheduled for
resurrection release on August 11, 2015.
Hovind graduated from Patriot Bible University — an auspicious degree for any enterprising huckster. The preceding cite may make the University look like little more than a trailer. In the interest of balance, we cite Patriot Bible University's own reply.
While most doctoral dissertations are readily available to the scientific community and the public at large, Kent Hovind and Patriot Bible University refused to publish his dissertation. People who have reviewed his doctoral dissertation, which Hovind claims is on the dangers of teaching evolution to children, have remarked that it is of substandard quality, with spelling mistakes and poor grammar. On December 9, 2009, the dissertation was finally uploaded to Wikileaks.
Hovind completed another unaccredited degree while in prison and his 2013 dissertation was made available online for free. It was published as a ebook titled What on Earth is about to happen.. for Heaven's sake?: A Dissertation on End Times According to the Bible and it argues that Jesus will appear on Earth in 2028.
 The Hovind Scale
Kent unwittingly lent his name to the hovind, a unit of measurement which evaluates statements for kookery; speaking roughly, 0 is the score for a scientifically valid statement, 100 is the score for a lie that isn't even wrong. 1 hovind is approximately equal to 0.38 schlaflys under the old imperial system of measurement, still used in the US except in scientific and military contexts.
Kent Hovind published 7 seminars (each averaging just over 2 hours). Hovind has openly stated in his presentations that his material is not copyrighted and may be freely used.
- Kent Hovind's Creation Seminar: The Age of The Earth
- Kent Hovind's Creation Seminar: The Garden of Eden
- Kent Hovind's Creation Seminar: Dinosaurs and the Bible
- Kent Hovind's Creation Seminar: Lies in the Textbooks
- Kent Hovind's Creation Seminar: The Dangers of Evolution
- Kent Hovind's Creation Seminar: The Hovind Theory
- Kent Hovind's Creation Seminar: Questions and Answers
When several YouTubers, particularly user Thunderf00t, uploaded and critiqued the CSE seminars and arguments, CSE responded with filing several DMCA's. However, CSE lost the case and the video rebuttals stayed online.
 See also
- Evidence against a recent creation
- Eye2EyeIIIV: A (relatively) influential supporter of Hovind's on the internet.
- VenomFangX: YouTube's greatest Hovind parrot/tool.
- Kent-hovind.com archive, a detailed analysis of Hovind's mishegaas
- YouTube - Tribute to Kent Hovind
- Kent Hovind vs Ali G on creationism and evolution
- Kent Hovind's 1991 dissertation on Wikileaks
- What on Earth is about to happen Kent Hovind's 2013 dissertation from Patriot Bible University
- ↑ During a hearing, Hovind was mocked by the local county commissioner with the infamous line "Scripture also says 'Render unto Caesar what Caesar demands.' And right now, Caesar demands a building permit."
- ↑ Federal Bureau of Prisons - Kent E Hovind.
- ↑ Barbara Forrest. September 1999. Unmasking the False Prophet of Creationism. from the National Center for Science Education
- ↑ To be fair, he is trying to make the connection between the two by insisting that the Bible is accurate about Dinosaurs and other things.
- ↑ [http://www.2peter3.com/Books/What%20on%20Earth.pdf What on Earth is about to happen.. for Heaven's sake?: A Dissertation on End Times According to the Bible, p. 4
- ↑ http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/hovind.html
- ↑ http://www.religionnewsblog.com/15261/kent-hovind-evangelist-arrested-on-federal-charges
- ↑ Southern Poverty Law Center:Creationism Gets a Dash of Anti-Semitism
- ↑ For other entertaining examples of pseudolegal woo, see our articles on Sovereign citizen and Freeman on the land.
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- ↑ http://www.cseblogs.com/?p=290
- ↑ Atheist Experience blog collecting all the YouTube videos of Kent's calls
- ↑ http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/creation-evangelist-appeals-conviction-after-5-years/
- ↑ State of Nebraska ex rel. Commission on Unauthorized Practice of Law, relator, v. Paul J. Hansen, respondent. June 14, 2013 http://supremecourt.ne.gov/sites/supremecourt.ne.gov/files/sc/opinions/s12-475.pdf
- ↑ http://www.kenthovindblog.com/?page_id=1002
- ↑ "Landlord can't talk way out of jail," World-Herald, September 18, 2009 http://omaha.com/article/20090918/NEWS01/709189960
- ↑ http://www.revenue.state.ne.us/delinquent_list/DEL_LIST_AMOUNT.html
- ↑ "Anti-government groups raise flags for law enforcement," KVNO News Oct 26, 2011 http://www.kvnonews.com/2011/10/anti-government-groups-raise-flags-for-law-enforcement/
- ↑ "Omaha landlord is a pain to city hall," Omaha World-Herald, February 07, 2008 http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2008/02/07/3256673.htm
- ↑ http://www.pauljjhansen.com/?p=718 and http://freeinhabitant.info/travel-rights/no-plates-trooper-stops-everyone-but-me-see-why.htm
- ↑ http://www.co.douglas.ne.us/omaha/police/criminal-warrants?searchterm=H
- ↑ http://www.revenue.ne.gov/delinquent_list/DEL_LIST_AMOUNT.html
- ↑ http://www.pauljjhansen.com/?p=352
- ↑ "At the request of Mr. Eric Hovind, son of Kent Hovind, the Creation Science Hall of Fame removed the open letter from Kent Hovind on his tax battles. Mr. Hovind asks everyone to respect the privacy of the family and not ask for a specific reason. CSHF apologizes for any inconvenience that might have happened to the Hovind family or to anyone else. We wish only to do what is right by the Hovind family." http://creationsciencehalloffame.org/living/kent-hovind/
- ↑ "Locate a Federal Inmate: Kent Hovind". Federal Bureau of Prisons. 2013. http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/InmateFinderServlet?Transaction=NameSearch&needingMoreList=false&LastName=Hovind&FirstName=Kent&Sex=M. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
- ↑ The Daily Kos on Kent Hovind, here.
- ↑ Patriot Bible University's blistering, poorly-designed rebuttal of the preceding footnote is on their website.
- ↑ Karen Bartelt, PhD reviewed Mr. Hovind's thesis and wrote "NONE of the four chapters of the document (address) this subject"
- ↑ Karen Bartelt, PhD The Dissertation Kent Hovind Doesn't Want You to Read
- ↑ Wikileaks: Young-earth creationist Kent Hovind's doctoral dissertation
- ↑ http://www.2peter3.com/Books/What%20on%20Earth.pdf What on Earth is about to happen.. for Heaven's sake?: A Dissertation on End Times According to the Bible page 4
- ↑ http://www.2peter3.com/Books/What%20on%20Earth.pdf What on Earth is about to happen.. for Heaven's sake?: A Dissertation on End Times According to the Bible Kent Hovind On page 239, Hovind writes "When is The Lord Coming Back?," and claims: "During the feast of Trumpets in 2028."
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- ↑ See here for clarity on this concept.