It never ceases to amaze me how people are innocent because they just are. Michael Jackson never molested anyone. He was set up by the black-hating police. It’s a conspiracy.
Almost on that level of sheer insanity is… Free Hovind.
One of the comments on the ever-so-clear and just Free Hovind site accused the Jesuits and Freemasons of framing him for tax evasion. I can imagine it now, and as one user elsewhere put it…
“So, my fellow Jesuits, we’ve come to an agreement with the Freemasons. That Hovind bastard has got to go.”
“But what’re we going to do? How can we get rid of him?”
“Oh, I’ve got that all figured out… We’re going to frame him for the most heinous crime of all… tax evasion!”
BUM BUM BUM!
Maybe too much information, but to set the pace I’m simply pointing out that there are responsible Christians out there.
The thing about Hovind is that he’s clearly guilty.
Not only that, he’s an idiot:
Hovind acknowledges many contributors to his model, but says that if it is proven false then he will personally take the blame. The model includes the following explanation of the Biblical account of Noah: Noah’s family and two of every “kind” of animal (including young dinosaurs) safely boarded the Ark before a minus 300° F (~-184°C) ice meteor came flying toward the earth and broke up in space. Some of the meteor fragments became rings and others caused the impact craters on the moon and some of the planets. The remaining ice fragments fell to the north and south poles of the earth.
The resulting “super-cold snow” fell near the poles, burying the mammoths standing up. Ice on the North and South pole cracked the crust of the earth releasing the fountains of the deep, which in turn caused certain ice age effects, namely the glacier effects. This made the earth “wobble around” and collapsed the vapor canopy that protected it.
During the first few months of the flood, the dead animals and plants were buried, and became oil and coal, respectively. The last few months of the flood included geological instability, when the plates shifted. This period saw the formation of both ocean basins and mountain ranges and the resulting water run-off caused incredible erosion — Hovind says that the Grand Canyon was formed in a couple of weeks during this time. After a few hundred years, the ice caps slowly melted back retreating to their current size and the ocean levels increased, creating the continental shelves. The deeper oceans absorbed much of the carbon dioxide in earth’s atmosphere and thus allowed greater amounts of radiation to reach the earth’s surface. As a result, human lifespans were shortened considerably in the days of Peleg.
Karen Bartlet, a chemist, commented that Hovind’s “message appeals to those who are unaware that his ‘evidence’ is without merit.” The scientific community rejects Young Earth Creationism. Furthermore, the plausibility of the Hovind Theory has been criticized by both scientists and other young Earth creationists.
So is Jack Chick, but that’s sort of irrelevant at the moment.
To get you up to speed on the exacts, here’s more from Wikipedia:
Dinosaur Adventure Land
In 2001 Hovind started Dinosaur Adventure Land, a young earth creationist theme park located behind Hovind’s home in Pensacola, Florida. The park depicts humans and dinosaurs co-existing in the last 4,000-6,000 years and also contains a depiction of the Loch Ness monster. In 2004 the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry visited Hovind’s dinosaur theme park and said that the park is deceptive and purposely misleads visitors. The Southern Poverty Law Center noted the park also “claims that a few small dinosaurs still roam the planet.” The venture has encountered legal issues, as the owners failed to acquire a building permit for the park (see below).
Earnings and assets
Hovind reportedly earned $50,000 a year through speaking engagements and, in 2002 alone, the ministry sold more than $1.8 million in Christian merchandise. According to the IRS, Hovind’s theme park and merchandise sales earned more than $5 million USD from 1999 to March 2004. On average, they say, Hovind “has made deposits to bank accounts well in excess of $1 million per year.” Eventually that grew to about $2 million a year.. About half that income went to employees who were salaried or were paid hourly wages. However, Hovind derived “substantial revenue” from these activities that appeared to be “income to [him] personally.”
Hovind also owned at least 10 properties.
He also pioneered a challenge to prove Darwinian evolution by natural selection, never failing to mention micro evolution, which, as we’ve established, is the same as the supposed macro evolution.
Hovind’s $250,000 offer
Hovind has made the following offer:
I have a standing offer of $250,000 to anyone who can give any empirical evidence (scientific proof) for evolution.* My $250,000 offer demonstrates that the hypothesis of evolution is nothing more than a religious belief.
Critics view this offer to be spurious because of the conditions which Hovind imposes. Hovind also insists that evolution equates to atheism even though belief in a deity or deities is arguably unrelated to evolution and the two are not mutually exclusive. The asterisk denotes the terms which he claims show significant gaps in the gradual progression predicted by the theory of evolution:
*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:
- 1. Time, space, and matter came into existence by themselves.
- 2. Planets and stars formed from space dust.
- 3. Matter created life by itself.
- 4. Early life-forms learned to reproduce themselves.
- 5. 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).
He’s shown that he knows nothing of science and doesn’t care to. Time, space, and matter’s existence is credited to the big bang. Planets and stars forming themselves does come from the claimed method, but it has nothing to do with evolution. Matter creating life by itself (what?) would be more along the lines of abiogenesis. Early life-forms would have reproduced asexually, as we often see in nature still yet. Mating was an evolved feature after life-forms would’ve gotten too complex to reproduce asexually. Number five can be proven pretty easy, as there exist a large amount of transitional fossils.
The thing is: most of this has nothing to do with evolution, so no one can ever complete the challenge. He might as well make the offer for $1 trillion.
Anyway, despite being a lying scumbag who committed the horrid crime of tax evasion (which is about as bad as stealing granny’s purse if done in small enough numbers), the people of Free Hovind want to um… Work with me here… Get him out of jail.
Check the comments there to see the idiocy, and trollism. The trollism is awesome, whereas the idiocy is… disheartening at best.
Gretta Van DelftApril 3rd, 2008 – 9:10 AM UTCIt breaks our heart to think of Dr. Hovind being in prison. We are entirely convinced that he has done nothing wrong. This is an attempt from the ‘enemy of souls’ to get him quiet.