“Dr.” Kent Hovind’s creationism theme park may go extinct.

Our good friend “Dr.” Kent Hovind is in trouble with the law once again. Seems a judge has ordered his creationist theme park Dinosaur Adventure Land shuttered and locked for lack of proper building permits:

Escambia County authorities this week locked up a museum building at the theme park on North Palafox Street in Pensacola after Circuit Judge Michael Allen ruled the owners were in contempt of court.

Owners of the park, which shows how dinosaurs may have roamed the Earth just a few thousand years ago, did not obtain a building permit before constructing the building in 2002. They have argued in and out of court that it violates their “deeply held” religious beliefs, and that the church-run facility does not have to obtain permits.

After almost four years of litigation, the judge disagreed and said the county has the authority to close the building until the owners comply with regulations.

I have some “deeply held” beliefs that I should be able to legally put my foot up Hovind’s ass, but I don’t see him bending over in recognition of those beliefs. It gets better though:

The judge also fined two church leaders $500 each per day for every day the building is used or occupied. If church officials continue to refuse to comply with local ordinances, the judge may decide that the building can be razed, Allen’s ruling said.

If I were a praying man I’d be praying really hard right about now that the idiots running that park continue to refuse to comply.

County commissioners showed no sympathy to members of the Creation Science Evangelism ministry who spoke out Thursday night at a commission meeting about the county’s actions.

“Scripture also says ‘Render unto Caesar what Caesar demands.’ And right now, Caesar demands a building permit,” County Commission Chairman Mike Whitehead said.

What really cracks me up about all this is the simple fact that Hovind and his buddies could make this all go away by just getting the stupid building permits and then he’d be free to continue running his nonsense filled theme park to promote his creationist viewpoint, but he’s so arrogant and filled with a sense of overblown self-importance that he refuses to comply so he can screech about how he’s being persecuted:

Church leader Kent Hovind vowed to appeal the case.

“We will continue our legal fight,” Hovind said Thursday.

“This is pure religious persecution,” said Glen Stoll, who works closely with Hovind on legal issues.

Which may be the point in the long run as this certainly results in quite a bit of publicity for an otherwise forgettable theme park. How much do you want to bet we start hearing about ads for the park claiming it’s filled with WHAT THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW! Though I don’t know if these folks are that clever. Consider the following:

Legal questions are nothing new for Dinosaur Adventure Land and the leaders of the church group that operates it:

  • In 2004, The Internal Revenue Service raided Hovind’s home and businesses. Agents said Hovind had failed to pay taxes. That case is pending, and federal attorneys declined to comment about it.
  • While the building permit case was in court, the ownership of the theme park was transferred to Stoll, who resides in Washington State, according to court papers. Stoll has been investigated at least twice by federal authorities, court records show.

Last year, the U.S. attorney in Seattle filed a lawsuit against Stoll, charging him with promoting a scheme encouraging people to avoid paying taxes by claiming to be religious entities, according to news reports.

A federal judge ruled against Stoll, ordering him to stop the practices. Stoll said Thursday that he doesn’t recognize the ruling because he was never properly served with court papers.

Stoll sounds like he’s just begging for a trip to PMITA prison and, honestly, I wouldn’t be upset to see him get it.

31 thoughts on ““Dr.” Kent Hovind’s creationism theme park may go extinct.

  1. “Scripture also says ‘Render unto Caesar what Caesar demands.’ And right now, Caesar demands a building permit,

  2. I sincerely hope that they market their themepark as “What the government doesn’t want you to know!” Given that “the government” is entirely controlled by Christian conservatives, surely this slogan would drive down park attendance among other conservatives, right? Right?

  3. “Scripture also says ‘Render unto Caesar what Caesar demands.’ And right now, Caesar demands a building permit,

  4. “Scripture also says ‘Render unto Caesar what Caesar demands.’ And right now, Caesar demands a building permit,

  5. If I confused anyone, I meant Hovind was going to play it up for media, instead of just “rendering unto Ceasar” and being on his looney way.

  6. Too bad your site is decided in it’s slant. I would like to hear more about Hovind, but not from children who claim anyone wanting to hear both sides is wrong. Not worth a second visit.

  7. Your loss. Good luck on finding someone who’s neutral on the likes of Hovind. He’s the sort of character that inspires a ‘love him or hate him’ response in most people.

  8. Hovind is a great guy, your loss when you die.  Kent is one of the few that realizes the truth…and JimD from 2 post up sound like a good man, but not mine to judge…

  9. Kent is one of the few that realizes the truth

    Yes, snake-oil salesmen certainly are authorities on “truth,” aren’t they?  hmmm

  10. I would like to hear more about Hovind, but not from children who claim anyone wanting to hear both sides is wrong.

    If you really want to hear more about Hovind, Jim, just google him.  But be warned- his wackiness index is so high that he’s even been abandoned by lots of fundamentalist groups, such as Answersingenesis.

  11. If it becomes question of the rules applying to the Creation and not the creator, then in what way does a God differ from an extra-universal alien/entity? I mean how does the most fundamentalist literal bible believing christian make the distinction? I really want to to know. As far as I can see they are more like Raelians(sp?)than they would care to admit.

  12. Oh hey, did we have another drive by “YOU’RE GONNA BURN BURN BURN!” commenter come through here? I completely failed to notice…

  13. That’s because their Molotov cocktail didn’t make it out the window of their car…

  14. Zilch, that reminds me, google for “German Engineering, Arab Technology”. Did this commercial air in Austria? Hell will freeze over before it does here…

  15. Elwed, I haven’t seen it here.  According to snopes it’s a “viral ad”, not meant for public airways, but made with the knowledge and/or approval of the company advertised.  In this case, however, the ad guys were apparently going it alone; they’re being sued by Volkswagen.  Not surprising.

  16. Anyone who wants to see “Dr.” Hovind in action can look here at Google Video.  Warning: it isn’t pretty….

  17. You people seriously need to get a grip on yourselves. You are only bashing Kent… not his teachings because in fact you KNOW that he’s telling the truth.

    Watch all the tapes and tell me that he’s wrong. If you can prove against him, go right ahead, but you can’t so you can just stop bashing Kent because he’s right and unfortunately for you guys, you’re wrong.

    Thanks for the time.

    -Janet
    another life changed, for the better

  18. Janet I don’t mean to interrupt this intelligent conversation your having, but would you happen to have Santa’s zip code. My letter to him is almost ready to go. Thanks

  19. Watch all the tapes and tell me that he’s wrong. If you can prove against him, go right ahead, but you can’t so you can just stop bashing Kent because he’s right and unfortunately for you guys, you’re wrong.

    Er, this would be the Kent Horvind about to go to jail for non-payment of taxes? And thinks dinosaurs co-existed with humans? And bought his PhD rather than do any of that pesky academic stuff? And is generally so full of shit that his eyes have turned brown?

    Janet, you’ve certainly changed my life for the better: I love a good laugh…

  20. Jan the man: because in fact you KNOW that he’s telling the truth.

    Nah! I KNOW he’s a scam-artist and THAT’S the truth.
    Fuckwit.

    Elwed: German Engineering, Arab Technology

    Always good for a laughLOL

  21. Janet mistakenly assumes I haven’t watched the Hovind’s tapes when I’ve actually seen quite a few.

    I mean they’re great comedy if you can get past the fact that there are people like Janet in the world who thinks it’s the truth.

  22. Dammit, Janet (sorry, I saw my chance) stop being a horror.

    If you can prove against him, go right ahead…

    Sorry, Manet, but the man hasn’t even proved FOR himself.

    By the way, what’s your connection to Mr Hovind?

  23. Janet’s probably Hovind’s accountant. Janet, are those footsteps behind you coming from the IRS?

  24. Janet:…because in fact you KNOW that he’s telling the truth.

    Funny how possessing the “truth” couldn’t save Kenny from a guilty verdict.

  25. Scripture also says “Render unto Caesar what Caesar demands.” And right now, Caesar demands a building permit.

    Haha. Do they have an answer for that?

    The Christians would respond by saying that Caesar would kill/imprison/maim/etc them if they didn’t do as he says, and Jesus was looking out for their well-being. Corpses don’t spread the good news.

    Anyone interested in the context (duh, context?) here’s where you can find the passage: Matthew 22:21.

    Too bad your site is decided in it’s slant.

    Right. A fair and balanced blog. Good one.

    -Bob

  26. I know some Christians misread scriptures but honestly do you know your scriptures? Yes Hovind should render things that belong to government like pay his taxes but one thing he does not have to do according to scriptures is worship idols such as evolution which has nothing to so with science, honestly do you believe you came from a rock and where did the rock come from atoms and where did the atoms come from? Yes I believe the big bang theory God spoke and it happened in 6 days(mans days). Just because you cant see something does not mean it doesnt exist! Try praying and seeking and as in XFiles The Truth Is Out There!

  27. Yes, Scott, I know my scriptures. Read the Bible several times over. Evolution isn’t an idol. There’s no rituals or worship involved. Only an idiot would say something like that so I am left to assume you’re an idiot, Scott.

    And, much like the X-Files, your God is nothing but a fiction.

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