I swear the Kent Hovind fans out there are as nutty as he is. This was clear from the very beginning of the email which consisted entirely of a cut and paste screed against Hovind’s imprisonment for not paying his taxes:
Subject: Religion, or Tax Fraud? Dr. Kent Hovind sentenced to ten years in jail
Religion, or Tax Fraud?
January 31, 2007 02:36 PM EST
Everyone knows Lady Justice is blind but now we know she is bigoted as well! Case in point: Dr. Kent Hovind was recently sentenced to ten years in jail. Kent argued that his ministry was tax exempt and cited the IRS code to support his case! He wrote the IRS many times asking them why he was wrong if, in fact, he was wrong. They never responded! Arrogance? Incompetence? Whatever the reason, an American citizen could not get a reply from the very people who should have been able, even eager, to help.
Kent’s enemies are painting him as a greedy tax resister when he has said repeatedly that he will pay all the taxes he owes. He could not get any response from the IRS nor did the judge, prosecutor, or anyone else inform him why his ministry was not exempt from taxes as are hundreds of thousands of similar organizations. Therefore, he spends ten years in the Big House. That’s where they send killers, traitors, rapists, child molesters, armed robbers, and other Very Bad Guys.
So we start right off with some misinformation and lies and then it degenerates from there into whining about Ted Kennedy not being punished for the accident in which he killed the woman he was dating at the time, how U.S. Congressman Barney Frank is a pervert who has admitted that his Washington apartment has been used as a callboy headquarters, and so on and so forth with other senators that have been accused of doing naughty things all while poor little misunderstood Kent Hovind rots in a jail cell. The upshot of it all is that there are just tons of people way more horrible than Kent Hovind out there that are walking free while poor Kent is stuck behind bars not because he didn’t pay his taxes, but because of *GASP!* his BELIEFS!
There are recent cases where rapists and killers walk away with probation and Kent Hovind sits in prison for ten years! Folks, there’s gotta be more to it than meets the eye. Your Federal Government wanted to “get” an outspoken Christian and they did. All right, so Kent made a mistake in judgment, and even if he is guilty, don’t sane people think his sentence is excessive? After all, didn’t Kent tell them he would pay any taxes they showed him he owed? Is it possible that they got him, not for taxes, but for religion? The Feds didn’t like his outspoken brand of Christianity.
Yes, Lady Justice is blind, dumb, stupid, and bigoted as is obvious in the case of Dr. Kent Hovind who sits in prison as I write this piece. And if it could happen to him, it could and might happen to you or me. Maybe Bible believing Christians should do as Chinese Christians and keep a small bag packed with personal things waiting for that ominous knock on the door: “We’re from the Federal Government and we’re here to get you.”
That’s right! It’s the ever popular Christians-are-being-persecuted-in-America-for-their-beliefs email! And, as I said, it was entirely a cut and paste job including the copyright attributing it to one Dr. Don Boys. So I sent back a reply that consisted of: “What’s your point, Kevin?” Which netted me the following reply:
Just like the article says he is being targeted for his beliefs
To which I responded this morning with:
- I’m impressed. You’re able to articulate an idea without relying on cut and paste. But no, he’s not being targeted because of his beliefs. The IRS doesn’t give a shit what he believes so long as he pays his taxes which he refused to do until it was clear that he was going to have his ass thrown into jail over it. Then, suddenly, he was more than willing to pay his taxes, but by then it was too late.
I’m glad he’s in jail because he’s either a liar or so ignorant as to be a danger to society, but his incarceration has nothing to do with his beliefs. Well, other than his belief that he is above U.S. tax laws.
The laughable thing about that article you sent me is that it tries to play the situation off as Christians being persecuted by the U.S. Government for their beliefs. Sorry, but in a country that claims to be 75% Christian (that would be a majority as I’m sure your math skills are probably lacking) you can’t claim to be persecuted for your Christian beliefs without having those of us who know better laugh our asses off. But thanks for the early morning laugh and a new blog post about how Hovind’s supporters are idiots.
My email has been unusually lively these days it seems.