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KENT HOVIND is HOME - and PREACHING!

Just like in the book of Acts - preach, jailed, freed!
UPDATES
June 2015

Kent Hovind transferred to a MAXIMUM security prison!

August 2015  Kent is OUT, HOME, and PREACHING!  Smile
PRAISE the LORD!

FREE KENT HOVIND: Imprisoned 8+ Years; Now Facing New Trial for Bogus Charges with a Biased, Anti-Christian Judge Presiding
http://cowgernation.com/2015/01/3...ed-anti-christian-judge-presiding
1/31/15

Dr. Kent Hovind, Baptist minister, Creation Science Evangelist and convicted tax code violator has served 99-months of a 10-year prison sentence for misapplied RICO statute and IRS employer tax laws.

In this writer’s opinion and that of Kent Hovind and many others, Mr. Hovind is innocent of all of the charges that have kept him imprisoned over the last 8+ years. The IRS and the federal government targeted Hovind for being an effective, outspoken conservative Christian creationist, who they wanted to keep silenced for his convincing anti-evolution views. Hovind’s sentence and ongoing prosecution is outrageous for an alleged victimless offense.

If Hovind supporters are wrong, and he is indeed guilty of something, his lengthy incarceration surely far exceeds that of much greater tax cheats who often either pay a fine or are imprisoned for a short time. The average jail time served for someone convicted of tax related charges in 2013 was 14 months. Hovind has done 99 months and they are seeking to lock him away for the rest of his life. This is all occurring while the “Reverend” Al Sharpton allegedly owes the IRS 4.5 million in back taxes. Sharpton, a polarizing racially divisive figure, is rewarded by society with his own opinionated “news” propaganda show on the MSNBC network and has reportedly been invited to the White House more than 80-times by Barack Obama as an advisor on race relations.

There are many anti-Hovind detractors. These people are generally atheist evolution proponents that would like to see Hovind spend the rest of his life in jail, (for tax related charges, of course!). It is obvious that these people are not rational, and are motivated against Hovind based on ideological philosophy. Kent Hovind upsets and rebukes their evolution worldview with articulate presentations of creationism, repeatedly demonstrating just how stupid evolution theory is. For this, they would like to see Hovind pay with his life.

In the 8+ years Hovind has spent in prison, he has been transferred between different jails over 20-times. This is an extraordinary amount of transfers for an inmate without any behavioral or other issues warranting such moves. It has been theorized by some Hovind supporters that these transfers may be purposefully being conducted with the intent and possible objective that Hovind could be murdered while being tranferred around. The more times an inmate is transferred, the likelihood that he will be confronted with a violent inmate increases, which could lead to Hovind’s death while incarcerated.

8+ years is not enough, according to the latest federal charges pending against Hovind. Hovind, having appealed his original conviction and contesting the liens placed on his personal property that was seized by the federal government, now faces new criminal charges for multiple counts of contempt and for frivolously using the prison mail system to make those appeals! Hovind faces between 20-100 more years if convicted on any or all counts.

Hovind was due to be released from prison and into home confinement on or about February 11, 2015, after having served over 80% of his 10-year sentence, but that is not likely to happen. It is not that Hovind is a flight risk – the federal government could easily withhold his passport – if he still has one, until after his upcoming trial. The Bureau of Prisons that decides the release of inmates has a self-serving financial interest policy of keeping prisoners, who are currently serving time, incarcerated if they are facing pending charges. The prison-for-profit jail systems in America have a financial incentive to keep their prisons full of inmates. The federal government reimburses detention centers for keeping their prisons housed at full capacity, but they do not get paid for having empty jail cells.

Hovind’s new trial date has been rescheduled, for the third time, from Feb 9th till March 2 at the request of a prosecutor who claimed to have “family issues.” Well, my apologies to the prosecution team, but Mr. Hovind has got a lot of family issues as well! He has not been home to see his family in over 8-years! Prosecution’s motion to delay trial: GRANTED. Defense’s motion to deny delay of trial: DENIED. The Sixth Amendment’s Constitutional right to a speedy trial does not apply in the ongoing continued prosecution of Kent Hovind!

Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida is the federal judge set to preside over the upcoming Hovind trial. Judge Rodgers was the same judge that presided over Hovind’s original trial and who sentenced him to 10-years in prison. Judge Rodgers has an anti-Christian bias, having issued a court order in the past to a school district to refrain from promoting religious activity at school events. Judge Rodgers issued a scathing statement at the close of Hovind’s first trial, which was frankly, way over the top. Judge Rodgers has refused to recuse herself from presiding over the upcoming Hovind trial, maintaining that she can be impartial. After reading the original trial transcript and listening to a narrated reading of Judge Rodgers statement before sentencing Hovind, it can hardly be argued that Judge Rodgers could remain unbiased in the upcoming Hovind trial and will sentence Hovind, now 62, to the maximum allowable jail time if he is found guilty on any counts.

Kent Hovind is a man that has been incarcerated for his outspoken Christian faith and his well-spoken presentations refuting evolution theory, which is the science and “religion” of the U.S. public school system and higher “scientific” education institutions. Kent Hovind is certainly not facing life in prison for victimless tax crimes.

Life imprisonment, or any continued incarceration, is cruel and unusual punishment for Kent Hovind. Hovind is a righteous Christian family man, devoted husband and father, a non-violent person who has never used illegal narcotic drugs or has even drank an alcoholic beverage in his life. Kent Hovind is not a threat to himself, his family or society. Kent Hovind is not a threat to the U.S. government, by means of violence or terrorism. Hovind however, does threaten the U.S. government’s secular ideology: Darwinian evolution, but he is within his Constitutionally protected religious and free speech rights to do so.

Kent Hovind is a POW – a prisoner of a cultural religious war. Hovind maintains his innocence and has repeatedly told the court that if he has unknowingly violated any tax laws or owes the government any money that he is willing to pay reparations and follow any such laws going forward. But taxes is obviously not what this case is about. Kent Hovind is being treated like Al Capone. The feds came after Capone for taxes, because they could not convict him for his organized crime activities. In a similar manner, the government went after Hovind and continues to persecute him over alleged tax code violations and related charges, because they cannot refute or counter his creation theories that oppose their official secular atheist evolution philosophy. They want Kent Hovind to remain silenced in prison for the rest of his life.

It is time for Christians and other fair-minded Americans to rise up, get involved and demand Hovind’s release. FREE KENT HOVIND!
Sign the Petition:
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/freekentandpaulnow#discussion

Write to Kent Hovind in Prison:
Santa Rosa County Jail
C/O Kent Hovind
P.O. Box 7129
Milton, FL 32572
http://cowgernation.com/2015/01/3...ed-anti-christian-judge-presiding
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http://christiannews.net/2015/02/...ing-new-charges-life-behind-bars/
2/4/15
IRS vs. Kent Hovind: Imprisoned Evolutionary Foe Now Facing New Charges, Life Behind Bars

PENSACOLA, Fla. – An imprisoned creation science evangelist and Baptist minister who refuted evolutionary theory and who has served eight years of a ten-year prison sentence is now fighting a new charge that would put him behind bars for life.

Kent Hovind, the founder of Creation Science Evangelism out of Pensacola, Florida, has been incarcerated since 2007 over 58 federal counts that largely center on alleged tax evasion. Hovind, who traveled the nation presenting talks about science and the Bible, had considered his ministry to be a church and considered himself to be a minister. Churches are not required to file taxes and are automatically exempt under the law.

But an official with Pensacola Christian College reported Hovind to the IRS, which concluded that those at Creation Science Evangelism did not technically consider the ministry to be their church. The government likewise did not believe Hovind when he said that those who served with him were missionaries but not employees. Hovind also stated that he did not receive any personal compensation from the ministry.

The IRS subsequently ordered Hovind to pay taxes as it would not permit Creation Science Evangelism to be classified as a church, and since it was not registered as a non-profit organization with the government entity.
**Yes - Hovind's ministry is NOT a 501c3!

In 2004, Hovind’s home was raided by IRS agents, and tax liens were placed against his property in the amount of  $504,957.24. He filed three separate lawsuits against the government in an attempt to stop the proceedings, which he viewed as harassment, but was unsuccessful.

In 2006, the case went to trial, and a jury convicted him on all 58 counts. His wife, Jo Delia, was convicted on 44 counts. In January 2007, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and remains incarcerated to this day.

Public opinion about the matter has been mixed, as some state that Hovind was wrongfully imprisoned or that his punishment was too severe. An online effort simply known as “Free Kent Hovind” exists to help seek the release of the evolutionary foe.

But those behind the effort are once again stepping up their call to support Hovind as he is now being accused of mail fraud for using the prison mail system to contest the lien that was placed on his personal property. If convicted, reports state that he could face an additional 20-100 years behind bars, thus equating to a life sentence for Hovind.

His trial has been set from Feb. 9 through March 2 before Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers, who presided over his original trial in 2006.

“Judge Rodgers has exhibited an anti-Christian bias, having issued a court order to a school district to refrain from allowing religious activity in the form of prayer at school events,” states Rudy Davis with the Free Kent Hovind effort. “Dr. Hovind also claims Judge Rodgers stated his crimes were ‘worse than rape,’ or words to that effect at his January 2007 sentencing and he has several affidavits from others in the courtroom who claim to have heard Judge Rodgers make this statement as well.”

Wiley Drake, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., has also organized an event called “Boots on the Ground for Kent Hovind” from Feb. 5-10 at the Red Roof Inn in Pensacola, Fla. The event is said to involve a prayer rally and march in support of Hovind.
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Dr. Kent Hovind Facing 100 Years In Prison!!
This was all a setup from top to bottom!
 12 minute video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wcx3iLKANjA


CJ wrote:
thats insane
who are we - Iran?


And Al Sharpton owes millions in back-taxes to the IRS - but en yet he's been rewarded with his own show on MSNBC(and is leading these "race wars" in this country).

Yes it is - those that get caught for tax evasion serve nor more than 14 or so months(if I'm wrong on this, please correct me). But Hovind was given 10 years, and is not only still in jail after serving 8 years, but they've added another bogus charge on him(mail fraud) that could keep him in for the rest of his life.

Hovind has spent his entire ministry exposing evolution - it's obvious why he's an enemy of the state.
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In this video I address the issue of 'structuring' the law that the I.R.S. has used to convict Kent Hovind for tax evasion.
The law was intent was to track cash from illegal activities, such as drugs and terrorism.
The NYT article exposed how the I.R.S. abused this law and was seizing assets of law abiding citizens.

NY Times exposes IRS structuring abuses
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I__xEGhWSUE

Kent Hovind and the Rule of law
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex4n7cJS7QY

Structuring laws unjustly applied to Kent Hovind
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQbrDuxsi-c
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http://finance.yahoo.com/news/irs...zing-bank-accounts-172627143.html
IRS apologizes for seizing bank accounts of small businesses

IRS apologizes for using bank secrecy law to seize accounts of law-abiding small businesses

2/11/15

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pressured by Congress, the IRS said Wednesday it is changing its policies and apologizing for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because they structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.

Their alleged crime: routinely making bank deposits of less than $10,000. That allowed the business owners to avoid reporting requirements designed to catch drug dealers and money launderers.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress that the IRS is changing policies to prevent the seizures, as long as the money came from legal means.

"To anyone who is not treated fairly under the code, I apologize," Koskinen told the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee. "Taxpayers have to be comfortable that they will be treated fairly."

By law, bank transactions above $10,000 must be reported to the IRS. It's a felony, called "structuring," to manage transactions to avoid the reporting requirement, even if the money is legally earned.

In some cases, the IRS seized and held bank accounts for years without bringing charges.

Koskinen said he didn't know how many cases the new policy would affect. He said the IRS seized a total of 147 accounts last year, including those in which the money was illegally obtained.

"On average over the last several years, it's less than 200 cases," Koskinen said. "In 60 percent of those cases, the owner of the asset never shows up, which shows that they obviously had a criminal activity going on."

The Treasury inspector general for tax administration is launching an audit of the IRS's seizure program, said Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., chairman of the Ways and Means oversight subcommittee. It is unclear how long the probe will take.

Roskam said the IRS has too much power to seize assets, even if the agency doesn't have adequate evidence of a crime.

"The IRS doesn't have to give notice to the account-holder before seizing the assets. And the IRS doesn't have to prove that the person is actually guilty of anything — just that the account probably is involved in structuring," Roskam said.

Georgia gun shop owner Andrew Clyde said he didn't know about the reporting law when he got an insurance policy that only covered losses up to $10,000 if they happened outside his store in Athens.

Clyde and three other business owners appeared before Roskam's subcommittee Wednesday to recount how the IRS had seized their bank accounts.

Because of his insurance policy, Clyde said, he didn't like carrying more than $10,000 in cash between his store and the bank.

As a result, Clyde said, he made 109 transactions between May 2012 and March 2013, totaling $940,313. A month later, he said he was visited by two IRS agents who accused him of structuring those deposits to avoid the reporting law. They said the account had been seized.

"I was never so afraid in my life," said Clyde," a former Marine who did three tours in Iraq. "I trembled when they left."

Clyde said he was never accused of evading taxes or of illegally obtaining the money. Yet, he said, the IRS filed a civil complaint against him and made several offers to settle the case by forcing him to forfeit large portions of his money.

In August, three days before the scheduled start of a civil trial initiated by the IRS, Clyde agreed to forfeit $50,000 in order to get the rest of his money back. Clyde said his legal bills totaled almost $150,000.

"This was my tactical retreat, so I could live to fight another day," Clyde told the subcommittee. "And that day is today."
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26...icion-no-crime-required.html?_r=2
10/25/14
Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000.

The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.

“How can this happen?” Ms. Hinders said in a recent interview. “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?”

The federal government does.

Using a law designed to catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation that they have committed serious crimes. The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.

“They’re going after people who are really not criminals,” said David Smith, a former federal prosecutor who is now a forfeiture expert and lawyer in Virginia. “They’re middle-class citizens who have never had any trouble with the law.”

On Thursday, in response to questions from The New York Times, the I.R.S. announced that it would curtail the practice, focusing instead on cases where the money is believed to have been acquired illegally or seizure is deemed justified by “exceptional circumstances.”

Richard Weber, the chief of Criminal Investigation at the I.R.S., said in a written statement, “This policy update will ensure that C.I. continues to focus our limited investigative resources on identifying and investigating violations within our jurisdiction that closely align with C.I.'s mission and key priorities.” He added that making deposits under $10,000 to evade reporting requirements, called structuring, is still a crime whether the money is from legal or illegal sources. The new policy will not apply to past seizures.

The I.R.S. is one of several federal agencies that pursue such cases and then refer them to the Justice Department. The Justice Department does not track the total number of cases pursued, the amount of money seized or how many of the cases were related to other crimes, said Peter Carr, a spokesman.

But the Institute for Justice, a Washington-based public interest law firm that is seeking to reform civil forfeiture practices, analyzed structuring data from the I.R.S., which made 639 seizures in 2012, up from 114 in 2005. Only one in five was prosecuted as a criminal structuring case.

The practice has swept up dairy farmers in Maryland, an Army sergeant in Virginia saving for his children’s college education and Ms. Hinders, 67, who has borrowed money, strained her credit cards and taken out a second mortgage to keep her restaurant going.

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Their money was seized under an increasingly controversial area of law known as civil asset forfeiture, which allows law enforcement agents to take property they suspect of being tied to crime even if no criminal charges are filed. Law enforcement agencies get to keep a share of whatever is forfeited.

Critics say this incentive has led to the creation of a law enforcement dragnet, with more than 100 multiagency task forces combing through bank reports, looking for accounts to seize. Under the Bank Secrecy Act, banks and other financial institutions must report cash deposits greater than $10,000. But since many criminals are aware of that requirement, banks also are supposed to report any suspicious transactions, including deposit patterns below $10,000. Last year, banks filed more than 700,000 suspicious activity reports. Owners who are caught up in structuring cases often cannot afford to fight. The median amount seized by the I.R.S. was $34,000, according to the Institute for Justice analysis, while legal costs can easily mount to $20,000 or more.

There is nothing illegal about depositing less than $10,000cash unless it is done specifically to evade the reporting requirement. But often a mere bank statement is enough for investigators to obtain a seizure warrant. In one Long Island case, the police submitted almost a year’s worth of daily deposits by a business, ranging from $5,550 to $9,910. The officer wrote in his warrant affidavit that based on his training and experience, the pattern “is consistent with structuring.” The government seized $447,000 from the business, a cash-intensive candy and cigarette distributor that has been run by one family for 27 years.

There are often legitimate business reasons for keeping deposits below $10,000, said Larry Salzman, a lawyer with the Institute for Justice who is representing Ms. Hinders and the Long Island family pro bono. For example, he said, a grocery store owner in Fraser, Mich., had an insurance policy that covered only up to $10,000 cash. When he neared the limit, he would make a deposit.

Ms. Hinders said that she did not know about the reporting requirement and that for decades, she thought she had been doing everyone a favor.

“My mom had told me if you keep your deposits under $10,000, the bank avoids paperwork,” she said. “I didn’t actually think it had anything to do with the I.R.S.”

In May 2012, the bank branch Ms. Hinders used was acquired by Northwest Banker. JoLynn Van Steenwyk, the fraud and security manager for Northwest, said she could not discuss individual clients, but explained that the bank did not have access to past account histories after it acquired Ms. Hinders’s branch.

Banks are not permitted to advise customers that their deposit habits may be illegal or educate them about structuring unless they ask, in which case they are given a federal pamphlet, Ms. Van Steenwyk said. “We’re not allowed to tell them anything,” she said.

Still lawyers say it is not unusual for depositors to be advised by financial professionals, or even bank tellers, to keep their deposits below the reporting threshold. In the Long Island case, the company, Bi-County Distributors, had three bank accounts closed because of the paperwork burden of its frequent cash deposits, said Jeff Hirsch, the eldest of three brothers who own the company. Their accountant then recommended staying below the limit, so for more than a decade the company had been using its excess cash to pay vendors.

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More than two years ago, the government seized $447,000, and the brothers have been unable to retrieve it. Mr. Salzman, who has taken over legal representation of the brothers, has argued that prosecutors violated a strict timeline laid out in the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act, passed in 2000 to curb abuses. The office of the federal attorney for the Eastern District of New York said the law’s timeline did not apply in this case. Still, prosecutors asked the Hirsches’ first lawyer, Joseph Potashnik, to waive the CARFA timeline. The waiver he signed expired almost two years ago.

The federal attorney’s office said that parties often voluntarily negotiated to avoid going to court, and that Mr. Potashnik had been engaged in talks until just a few months ago. But Mr. Potashnik said he had spent that time trying, to no avail, to show that the brothers were innocent. They even paid a forensic accounting firm $25,000 to check the books.

“I don’t think they’re really interested in anything,” Mr. Potashnik said of the prosecutors. “They just want the money.”


Bi-County has survived only because longtime vendors have extended credit — one is owed almost $300,000, Mr. Hirsch said. Twice, the government has made settlement offers that would require the brothers to give up an “excessive” portion of the money, according to a new court filing.

“We’re just hanging on as a family here,” Mr. Hirsch said. “We weren’t going to take a settlement, because I was not guilty.”

Army Sgt. Jeff Cortazzo of Arlington, Va., began saving for his daughters’ college costs during the financial crisis, when many banks were failing. He stored cash first in his basement and then in a safe-deposit box. All of the money came from paychecks, he said, but he worried that when he deposited it in a bank, he would be forced to pay taxes on the money again. So he asked the bank teller what to do.

“She said: ‘Oh, that’s easy. You just have to deposit less than $10,000.'”

The government seized $66,000; settling cost Sergeant Cortazzo $21,000. As a result, the eldest of his three daughters had to delay college by a year
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“Why didn’t the teller tell me that was illegal?” he said. “I would have just plopped the whole thing in the account and been done with it.”
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Trial Begins for Imprisoned Evolutionary Foe Fighting New Charge, Possible Life Behind Bars
3/2/15

An imprisoned creation science evangelist and Baptist minister who refuted evolutionary theory and who has served eight years of a ten-year prison sentence faced trial in Florida today as he fights a new charge that could put him behind bars for life.

Kent Hovind, the founder of Creation Science Evangelism out of Pensacola, Florida, has been incarcerated since 2007 over 58 federal counts, 45 of which centered on alleged “structuring,” a term that refers to breaking up one’s banking transactions into smaller amounts in order to avoid reporting.

In regard to Hovind’s specific charges, the minister and his wife had made dozens of cash withdrawals of just over $9,000 each over a year’s time, and the government asserted that he was attempting to “obstruct and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws.” However, Hovind said that he paid for his ministry expenses in cash and was not seeking to evade any laws.

On a blog dedicated to Hovind’s defense, an unidentified banker who supports the evangelist further explained the situation.

“The government selected the top 45 withdrawals (out of hundreds) and claimed each one was a separate and distinct violation, even though none of them were more than $10,000 and no two were on the same day,” he wrote. “They also have no connection with drugs or any other illegal activity. The four times [the Hovinds] withdraw over $10,000 a CTR was filled out but those withdrawals were never charged.”

“By this twisted logic,” he continued, “If you deposit or withdrew $500 from your own bank account every week for 21 weeks, you could be arrested and charged with 21 counts of structuring because the amount went over $10,000. You could be fined $5,250,000 and sentenced to 105 years in prison (even though you never had the $10,000 in your account at any one time and the money was not earned or spent illegally)!”


The government also leveled tax evasion charges against Hovind, who traveled the nation presenting talks about science and the Bible, as he had considered his ministry to be a church and considered himself to be a minister. Churches are not required to file taxes and are automatically exempt under the law.

But an official with Pensacola Christian College reported Hovind to the IRS, which concluded that those at Creation Science Evangelism did not technically consider the ministry to be their church. The government likewise did not believe Hovind when he said that those who served with him were missionaries but not employees. Hovind also stated that he did not receive any personal compensation from the ministry.

The IRS subsequently ordered Hovind to pay taxes as it would not permit Creation Science Evangelism to be classified as a church, and since it was not registered as a non-profit organization with the government entity.

In 2004, Hovind’s home was raided by IRS agents, and tax liens were placed against his property in the amount of $504,957.24. He filed three separate lawsuits against the government in an attempt to stop the proceedings, which he viewed as harassment, but was unsuccessful.

In 2006, the case went to trial, and a jury convicted him on all 58 counts. His wife, Jo Delia, was convicted on 44 counts. In January 2007, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and remains incarcerated to this day.

Public opinion about the matter has been mixed, as some state that Hovind was wrongfully imprisoned or that his punishment was too severe. An online effort simply known as “Free Kent Hovind” exists to help seek the release of the evolutionary foe.

Hovind has been seeking to contest the lien against his property from behind bars, but now is facing mail fraud charges for doing so—charges which if convicted could keep him in prison for life. His trial began today in Pensacola before Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers, who presided over his original trial in 2006.

According to the Pensacola News Journal, about a dozen supporters—some from as far away as Texas, Ohio and Colorado—stood outside of the courthouse with signs urging the government to “Free Kent.”

“We pray for justice that Kent be liberated at the shame of the government,” supporter Alan Hoyle, told the outlet. “They’ve persecuted a non-violent person who has done no wrong.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?fea...player_embedded&v=2GADfTc_j9Y

http://christiannews.net/2015/03/...charge-possible-life-behind-bars/
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Embattled evangelist Kent Hovind took the witness stand today to defend himself from federal charges of fraud and contempt.
3/10/15

Hovind - who has attained a degree of celebrity for debating against the theories of evolution and an "old" Earth - used his time on the stand to argue the validity of the charges against him and his perceived persecution at the hands of the government.

In a series of tense exchanges with his attorney, Hovind refused to give short answers to questions about his 2006 conviction for structuring funds and failing to withhold employee wage taxes. Instead, he prefaced all of his responses with details he perceived to be relevant, including admonishments of the government, references to scripture and verbatim readings of pertinent legal documents.

When asked to keep his answers brief, Hovind responsed the most expedient way to end the trial was to throw out the charges against him.

"I'm threatened with 100 years (in prison)," Hovind said. "I want to go through every document that's been presented. The jury is not going to go through all that. They're just going to vote guilty or not guilty."

Hovind and his co-defendant Paul John Hansen are facing a six-count indictment for mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and contempt of court. The government alleges they filed fraudulent documents disputing the ownership of property Hovind was forced to forfeit following his previous conviction.

In his testimony, Hovind said he believed all of his actions were lawful and that he had never conspired with Hansen to commit any dishonest act.

Hovind will be cross examined by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany Eggers this afternoon.

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/201...kes-witness-stand-trial/24712901/
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Letters: Kent Hovind needs more than an apology
3/9/15

Hovind needs more than apology

Pensacola resident Dr. Kent Hovind deserves more than an apology from the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

In the U.S. News article dated Feb. 11, AP writer Stephen Ohlemacher reports that Koskinen told Congress that the IRS apologizes and is changing policies to prevent the seizures of individual's cash who have been convicted of "structuring," that is withdrawing cash from one's own bank account.

Hovind has been in prison for eight years for structuring and tax-related charges. The IRS structuring law needs to be repealed, the imprisoned individuals released, and their property restored.

Hovind was due to be released in February but is standing trial because of mail fraud charges as he attempted to communicate "buyer beware" to buyers of his ministry's property which was seized by the government.

All citizens of the United States must realize that they are vulnerable to arrest for simply withdrawing cash from their own bank account.

— Julie Borik, Garland, Texas

http://www.pnj.com/story/opinion/...nt-hovind-needs-apology/24642031/
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March 12, 2015 | Blog | 1

MESSAGE FROM ERIC HOVIND:

This morning at 10:30 the Jury concluded their deliberation. Around 11:15 the verdict was read before the court. 4 counts were brought against Kent Hovind. Three counts of Mail Fraud and one count of Criminal Contempt of Court.

Count 1 Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud – Unable to come to a verdict
Count 2 Mail Fraud – Unable to come to a verdict

Count 3 Criminal Contempt of Court – Guilty
Count 4 Mail Fraud – Unable to come to a verdict

The Criminal Contempt of Court count contained two different charges. One charge was from a 2012 order and the other from a 2007 ruling from Judge Rodgers. Kent was not found guilty on the 2012 charge but was found guilty on the 2007 charge. This count was from the original 2007 case when Judge Rodgers forfeited Kent Hovind’s interest in the property. The order did not restrict Kent from presenting filings to question this decision; therefore, Kent’s attorney asked the Judge to rule that there were not enough facts presented to the jury to find Kent guilty of that verdict. The Judge said that she would take that under advisement.

Thomas Keith, Kent’s attorney said that in a Federal Case it is rare to see anything other than a guilty verdict. While he would still like the Judge to find that there was not enough evidence presented on the Contempt of Court charge and overturn the verdict, this is considered a huge success.

On the one guilty charge, if Judge Rodgers does not overturn it, there is no limit to the penalty that she can impose. Please pray that she would show leniency during the sentencing.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 12, 2015.

http://freekenthovind.com/2015/03...o-now-a-message-from-eric-hovind/

I wonder how long the minions will drag out this manufactured soap opera?
BornAgain2

Jury Deadlocked on Three of Four Charges Against Incarcerated Evolutionary Foe Kent Hovind
3/14/15

PENSACOLA, Fla. – A jury that contemplated four new charges that could have put an imprisoned creation science evangelist who refuted evolutionary theory behind bars for life was unable to agree on three of the charges filed against him.

As previously reported, Kent Hovind, the founder of Creation Science Evangelism out of Pensacola, Florida, has been fighting charges of mail fraud and contempt for contesting liens against a number of properties that had been seized by the government several years ago.

He has been incarcerated since 2007 over 58 federal counts, 45 of which centered on alleged “structuring,” a term that refers to breaking up one’s banking transactions into smaller amounts in order to avoid reporting.

In regard to Hovind’s specific charges, the minister and his wife had made dozens of cash withdrawals of just over $9,000 each over a year’s time, and the government asserted that he was attempting to “obstruct and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws.” However, Hovind said that he paid for his ministry expenses in cash and was not seeking to evade any laws as anything over $10,000 was reported as required.

The government also leveled tax evasion charges against Hovind, who traveled the nation presenting talks about science and the Bible, as he had considered his ministry to be a church and considered himself to be a minister. Churches are not required to file taxes and are automatically exempt under the law.

But an official with Pensacola Christian College reported Hovind to the IRS, which concluded that those at Creation Science Evangelism did not technically consider the ministry to be their church. The government likewise did not believe Hovind when he said that those who served with him were missionaries but not employees. Hovind also stated that he did not receive any personal compensation from the ministry.

The IRS subsequently ordered Hovind to pay payroll taxes as it would not permit Creation Science Evangelism to be classified as a church, and since it did not believe that those who worked for him were independent contractor missionaries.

In 2004, Hovind’s home was raided by IRS agents, and tax liens were placed against 10 properties relating to his biblical theme park. He filed three separate lawsuits against the government in an attempt to stop the proceedings, which he viewed as harassment, but was unsuccessful.

In 2006, the case went to trial, and a jury convicted him on all 58 counts. His wife, Jo Delia, was convicted on 44 counts. In January 2007, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and remains incarcerated to this day.

As Hovind has been seeking to contest the lien from behind bars, he was subsequently charged with mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and contempt. According to the Pensacola News Journal, years ago, Hovind had been prohibited under a court order not to contest the government’s lien on the properties. Because he did file papers, including a “lis pendens,” which warns potential buyers that the land is under dispute, he was charged with contempt. The mail fraud charges were for actually mailing the documents from prison.

But a jury was unconvinced that Hovind, and ministry trustee Paul Hanson, had sought to defraud the government by mailing the documents. As they deadlocked and could not come to an agreement on three of the four charges against Hovind, the evolutionary foe was declared guilty of only the contempt charge.

While supporters are disappointed that the jury declared Hovind guilty of any of the charges at all, they state that they are thankful for the outcome for the most part.

“I think the Lord God Almighty worked in a mighty way here,” Free Kent Hovind organizer Rudy Davis told reporters. “They threw their best lawyers; they had five days of prosecution; they read hundreds of documents, hundreds of emails, voicemails they had sequestered—everything they could throw at the man.”

Sentencing is set for June 12.

http://christiannews.net/2015/03/...ted-evolutionary-foe-kent-hovind/
BornAgain2

BREAKING: Kent Hovind May Face Retrial Over Hung Jury
3/17/15

Kent Hovind spoke with his public defender, Thomas Keith, today – he was told that US Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers (Judge Rodgers), US Prosecutor Tiffany Eggers, J. Ryan Love, Pamela Marsh and IRS Agent Scott Scheider may retry Kent Hovind and Paul Hansen over hung jury decisions.

Utilize this time to further spread the Good word of God, spread the gospel! The devil and enemies want to try and tire us out. Ask God for energy to CONTINUE the Good Fight.

We need to do the following:

1 - Bombard Pensacola FL churches and residents with information on Kent Hovind and the Good Word of the Lord.

2 - CONTINUE exposing criminality and CORRUPTION in America, especially what is transpiring in Kent Hovind’s tribulation.

3 - Use this time to spread IRS corruption, how they apologized for abusing structuring laws and have illegally seized over a quarter billion from Americans since 2006 (when Kent Hovind was indicted).

4 - Use Judge Rodgers background as a way to sway potential jury members in future case.

5 - Continue calling, email and writing letters every day to all addresses at Help Free Kent.

6 - Do not get involved with the enemy and devils defaming Kent Hovind. They are not worth your time. They are babbling goats and God will take care of them.

Watch Kent Hovind UPDATE below (or on youtube):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?fea...player_embedded&v=HOicDtAu02U

Psalm 59:
Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
3 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Lord.
4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
5 Thou therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
6 They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?
8 But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
10 The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
11 Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
14 And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
15 Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.
16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.

March 17, 2015 | Blog | 2
http://freekenthovind.com/2015/03...-may-face-retrial-over-hung-jury/
CJ

Brother KENT HOVIND is going HOME! PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34NwtAQMK34


Kent Hovind In Pensacola - Looks Like No Trial On Monday
5/16/15 -  The retrial of Kent Hovind and Paul John Hansen on fraud and conspiracy charges was scheduled to commence on Monday in Pensacola. Last minute motions for a dismissal crafted with assistance from the United States Justice Foundation prompted the United States attorney to APPLY for a continuance, but  Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers indicated that she would brook no delay.  Much to the delight of Kent Hovind’s supporters the Government has moved to dismiss the remaining counts of the indictment without prejudice.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/peter...in-pensacola-the-trial-must-go-on


Luke 18:1  And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Luk 18:2  Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
Luk 18:3  And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
Luk 18:4  And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
Luk 18:5  Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
Luk 18:6  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
Luk 18:7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
BornAgain2

Judge Grants Acquittal of Contempt Indictment Against Evolutionary Foe Kent Hovind
5/19/15

The U.S. district judge that has been overseeing the case of an imprisoned creation science evangelist has granted a motion for acquittal surrounding a contempt charge involving the contesting a property lien while incarcerated.

As previously reported, Kent Hovind, the founder of Creation Science Evangelism out of Pensacola, Florida, had been fighting charges of mail fraud and contempt for fighting liens against ministry property that had been seized by the government several years ago. A jury deadlocked on three of the four charges in March, but he was convicted of contempt, for which he was supposed to have been sentenced in June. That conviction is now no more.

Hovind has been incarcerated since 2007 over 58 federal counts, 45 of which centered on alleged “structuring,” a term that refers to breaking up one’s banking transactions into smaller amounts in order to avoid reporting. The original intent of the law had reportedly been to catch drug dealers and money launderers.

In regard to Hovind’s specific charges, the minister and his wife had made dozens of cash withdrawals of just over $9,000 each over a year’s time, and the government asserted that he was attempting to “obstruct and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws.” However, Hovind said that he paid for his ministry expenses in cash—including compensation for those involved with Creation Science Evangelism—and was not seeking to evade any laws as anything over $10,000 was reported as required.

In addition to structuring charges, Hovind was leveled with twelve counts of failing to pay payroll taxes. However, he stated that considered those who worked with the ministry to be independent contractors responsible for paying their own taxes and not employees.

Hovind was not charged with tax evasion, but in 2004, his home was raided by IRS agents, and tax liens were placed against 10 properties relating to his biblical theme park. He filed three separate lawsuits against the government in an attempt to stop the proceedings, which he viewed as harassment, but was unsuccessful.

In 2006, the case went to trial, and a jury convicted him on all 58 counts. His wife, Jo Delia, was convicted on 44 counts. In January 2007, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and remains incarcerated to this day.

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As Hovind has been seeking to contest the lien from behind bars, he was subsequently charged with two counts of mail fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of contempt. Concerns were raised that he could spend life behind bars for mailing legal documents about the lein from jail.

According to the Pensacola News Journal, years ago, Hovind had been prohibited under a court order not to contest the government’s lien on the properties. Because he did file papers, including a “lis pendens,” which warns potential buyers that the land is under dispute, he was charged with contempt. The mail fraud charges were for actually mailing the documents from prison.

But in March, jurors deadlocked on all but the contempt charge as they could not come to an agreement over the mail fraud accusations. He was to have faced a retrial this week, but over the weekend, federal prosecutors filed a motion to drop the remaining charges against Hovind without prejudice. Hovind’s attorneys had done the same.

On Monday, United States District Court Judge M. Casey Rodgers also granted a motion for acquittal of the contempt charge.

“Kent E. Hovind’s motion for judgment of acquittal on count three of the superseding indictment is granted,” the signed order read, according to an image posted online by Hovind’s son Eric.

Recent reports have stated that Hovind is scheduled for release in August; however, a release date has not yet been made official.

http://christiannews.net/2015/05/...nst-evolutionary-foe-kent-hovind/
BornAgain2

When did Lucifer Fall From Heaven ?
When did Jesus Christ Create the Angels ?

Kent Hovind exposes gap theory through and through
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoZUiOFhE0k


The Truth about Reality, Kent Hovind
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0UAqGj-lYc


Kent Hovind #06452-017 - USP Yazoo City
U.S. PENITENTIARY - P.O. BOX 5000
YAZOO CITY, MS 39194
http://freekenthovind.com/2015/06...-out-of-santa-rosa-in-usm-custody

CJ, you may want to change the title of this thread(again) - apparently, not only is Hovind NOT being released from prison, but he's been transferred to a MAXIMUM security prison!

* August 2015  Kent is OUT, HOME, and PREACHING!  Smile
BornAgain2

Kent Hovind - The Truth about Reality
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0UAqGj-lYc
BornAgain2

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peter...kent-hovind-homecoming-this-week/
7/7/15

Kent Hovind Homecoming This Week

If all goes as expected, Kent Hovind will be going home to Pensacola this week. According to Rudy Davis, Kent’s son Eric will be picking Kent up in Yazoo, Mississippi on Wednesday. Kent will finish out the sentence on his 2006 conviction with one month of home confinement followed by three years of supervised release.  Hovind had faced trial in March on charges of contempt of court, mail fraud and conspiracy related to actions he took with respect to property seized by the government as the result of his 2006 conviction.

The jury did not reach a verdict on the fraud and conspiracy charges thanks to the persistence of jury foreman Don Camacho, but, in a sort of compromise, found Hovind guilty of contempt of court.

https://youtu.be/0dMnWSgJQ2Q

Just before retrial in May the government dismissed the fraud and conspiracy charges without prejudice and Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers voided the contempt conviction clearing the decks for this week’s homecoming.

Is This The End Of The Struggle?

Kent Hovind’s supporters have waged a vigorous social media campaign on his behalf.  Opinions on their effect on the jury are divided, but they clearly helped immensely in supporting their pastor’s morale and in raising the money for the appellate work that result in the dismissal of the contempt conviction.  If you look at #FreeKent, their flagship website, you will see that there are further goals beyond Kent Hovind’s release.  There is the release of co-defendant, Paul Hansen, who faces sentencing later this month on contempt charges, overturning Kent’s 2006 conviction, having seized property returned and damages paid.  When you listen to Rudy Davis you will also hear about the need to punish the evil wicked-doers who have persecuted an innocent, godly man.

https://youtu.be/tMY9yg1K8g4

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peter...kent-hovind-homecoming-this-week/
CJ

I am afraid ALL true Christians who STAND UP for Christ will truly suffer.
Pastors must now decide - will you SIN and marry same sex fools?
If you do - you are taking the mark of the beast
PRISON - or DEAD - is where demon obama wants ALL Christians
Twisted Evil
BornAgain2

In recent weeks, I've been studying Creation Science, and come to an understanding that Genesis is THE backbone of the entire gospel.

I honestly believe that alot of Christian ministers and ministries who have embraced some form of evolutionary theories like the gap, day age, theistic, etc are truely born again and serving the LORD fruitfully - however, at the same time I also do believe they've gotten very complacent in terms of standing down in terms of not taking a firm stance on Genesis/Creation account. Maybe that's why Hovind had few supporters from Christian ministries/ministers during his whole ordeal?(and not necessarily the 501c3 issue)

Remember faith comes from hearing, and hearing comes from the word of God - believing with all your heart the creation account IS genuine faith.
BornAgain2

I can't believe Hovind continues to be attacked. It wouldn't surprise me at all if alot of these YT channels are government shills.

For example - I saw one video where they accused him of being a "date-setting prophet" - but as it turned out, all he said in his book was that he was JUST GUESSING why the LORD's return would be in 2028(and gave many reasons why he thought via scripture et al, and nothing more), but he did NOT say "The LORD told me in a dream..."(or any of that nonsense).

And I saw another video of a "Christian truther" who tried to expose him as a mason(and say how his prison time was "staged", "faked", etc) - however, as it turned out, both he and another YT channel who worked together trying to "expose" him as such, are FLAT EARTH believers! And one of them is a PROFESSING CHRISTIAN to boot!

Personally, the LORD put on my heart to study Creation Science in recent weeks(b/c of this gap theory heresy being infiltrated) - and I see why the Genesis/Creation accounts are THE foundations of the gospel of Jesus Christ! I mean look at how the foundations in churches crumbled over the last 200 years since they started accepting the idea that the earth is billions of years old(which was why Darwin went under the radar).
CJ

I believe Jesus will beat 2028 by sevral years
BornAgain2

Kent Hovind OFFICIAL Youtube Channel!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxiEtqPja47nnqsJNrdOIQQ
CJ

70 weeks of Daniel
Kent Hovind - Dr Dino -
https://youtu.be/ybEMh6OFLF0

I wonder if the NWO kept him in jail to prevent him from teaching this.
Just a question
He is OUT now
CJ

Kent Hovind Acquitted on all charges, Counts dismissed May 18, 2015  
http://kenthovindblog.com/?p=1139

Charges Dropped by the Prosecution
http://kenthovindblog.com/?p=1134

Welcome Home Party
Kent Hovind arrived home on July 9th!  The Hovind Family had a Welcome Home Party for him.
Kent is on Home Confinement until August 9
http://kenthovindblog.com/?p=1147

Kent 'Dino' Hovind is home - and preaching!  Smile


70 weeks of Daniel
Kent Hovind - Dr Dino
He thinks the 10 toes of the statue are Sunni and Shia Islam / Muslims.
I agree with a lot of what Dino is saying.  I'll never agree 100% with anyone.
Dino has an interesting sense of humor - and a chart  (I hate charts)
https://youtu.be/ybEMh6OFLF0

Kent Hovind is OUT of jail.
A RAPTURE pre-trib is false doctrine.  Pastors pushing a pre-trib rapture will be held responsible for all who abandon the Faith and take the mark and go to hell.  As long as pastors push false rapture doctrine, they arent jailed.  hmmmm .....

GOD did not change His mind on rapture date,
there is NO PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE!
BornAgain2

I really don't know what they did to Hovind in prison(other than transferring him around over 20 times, including a max security prison) - but nonetheless, it gives me that "Be ye angry and sin not" feeling when I hear anyone push Antinomianism Easy Believism. This is also the same gospel William Paul Young("The Shack") and Rick Warren push, and the same "contending for the faith" crowd I was with on YT for over a year pushed this very same damnable heresy.

Kent Hovind Rejects Repentance
8/20/15
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bu0-TzRux0
BornAgain2

Ernie Land: MLM Scammer And Trustee For Kent Hovind?
1/17/16
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66wtdJzucKM
BornAgain2

Published on Apr 30, 2016
Dr. Kent Hovind's wife has filed for divorce and his son Eric Hovind has evicted him from his own house.

Eric Hovind - Wicked As Hell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiWX6-XQf1Y
BornAgain2

https://www.facebook.com/notes/jo...ovinds-mistress/10154454291453119
Kent Hovind’s Mistress
9/7/16

When Kent Hovind called me to invite me to his then-secret wedding, I didn’t know what to say. I was saddened to think it had gone this far. For a long time, I had known about Kent Hovind’s mistress and how she had wrecked his marriage and family, but I just never thought it would come to this. Somehow, I thought he would do the right thing and try to save his marriage. But he was too distracted to be a husband to his wife. As has been the case for many years now, Kent Hovind was too busy with his mistress. And his mistress is not Mary Tocco.

My Experience with Kent Hovind

Many will recognize that I have been one of Kent Hovind’s staunchest supporters over the years, and have even stuck my neck out for him. It pains me to write against him, and I have put it off for quite some time. I grew up watching Dr. Hovind’s creation seminars and practically memorized their content. Eventually, I was honored to work at Dinosaur Adventure Land as a park guide and later as the head of apologetics and publications for Creation Science Evangelism. Unfortunately, this was all after Dr. Hovind had been unjustly sent to prison. I could only correspond with him via phone and letters.

I have written about my shock at the negative attitude towards Dr. Hovind that I found among his own family members and those who had worked under him. I didn’t understand then what I understand now. When Dr. Hovind was transferred to the nearby Santa Rosa County jail for his second trial, I began visiting him monthly. I wanted to encourage him and also discuss with him some concerns I had about his removing repentance from his gospel presentation. But what I had come to suspect from corresponding with him over the years was confirmed by these visits. Kent Hovind does not respond to correction. He will not listen to it for even a few seconds. And he has a mistress.

Many are familiar with my aggressive defense of Dr. Hovind and how I bull-horned the courthouse for his release throughout the second trial. Kent Hovind had no better friend than myself. I still believe he was unjustly sentenced, but something else I now knew about him worried me. When he came home, I spent some time with him, noticing the curious, makeshift bedroom he had set up adjacent to his office. I ate meals with his family and observed the awkwardness of the family dynamic. On more than one occasion, I tried bringing up my growing concerns with him, but he quickly changed the subject or acted like it wasn’t important. And that is why I am writing this – because Kent Hovind refuses to listen to anything negative I have to say in person. For a long time, he has refused to listen to concerns from me or anyone else. Perhaps he will read this and know why I can no longer support him or his ministry. And perhaps others will pause and reconsider their support for him when they read about why one of Dr. Hovind’s most stalwart defenders is disavowing him.

We Need Fewer Great Men

Kent Hovind is a great man. There is no denying that. He has preached around the globe, published his 18-hour seminar series in numerous languages and countries, and even claims to have won thousands of souls to Christ. Hundreds of thousands have heard him preach. I, myself, was personally shaped by his teaching. But there is a price to being a great man. History is littered with the fallout left in the wake of great men. Their families are often the primary casualties. Consider great men like Billy Sunday, whose fierce preaching closed down bars and converted hopeless drunks across the nation. But his three sons grew up to be godless drunkards and reprobates. Consider the example of Eli, the High Priest in the Old Testament, the highest ranking servant of God in the land – but his children turned on God. These great men were too busy doing the Lord’s work that they failed to see the Lord’s work staring them in the face.

Dr. Hovind has bragged in nearly every seminar before he was sent away that he was speaking 900 times a year, an average of 2.5 times a day 365 days a year. Ask yourself how much time he could have spent parenting and being a husband when he was never there. Spend time with his family, yourself, and you will get your answer. In recent years, his son, Eric, has taken the ministry into a completely different direction, compromising on some doctrines his father held as sacrosanct. Why? Could it be because he never had a father to guide him in these truths? Kent’s wife, Jo, who went to prison for a year because of his tax issues, never fully bought into his fight with the government or his strong stand on many of these issues. Why? Could it be because her husband was too distracted with his mistress to spend time cherishing and bonding with his wife?

We have too many great men in this world who leave their homes and families in the shadows as they do great things for God. Their personal walk with God is questionable at best, their families fall apart, and many of their converts go right back to the world. What we need more of is good men – steady, reliable men who walk with God daily, lay down their lives for their wives, and pour themselves into training their children. We need fewer great men; we need more good men – men who don’t necessarily chase big dreams around the country, but who plow the field day in and day out, who do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God (Micah 6:Cool.

Beware the Mistress

In case you haven’t guessed by now, Kent Hovind’s mistress isn’t Mary Tocco; it’s his ministry. The woman he is marrying probably has little to no idea what she is getting into, and may well regret her decision to marry this man who has been chasing this same mistress and abandoning his family for decades. While we are to love God more than everything, we as husbands and wives are to nurture our families above everything else. Beware of anything - anything - that comes between them and us. The Bible commands husbands:
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it…So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  -Ephesians 5:25, 28

Yet when Mrs. Hovind expressed her fear that Kent’s continued recklessness was endangering her, Kent Hovind changed nothing. Having just returned from nearly a decade-long separation in prison, Kent Hovind did little to nothing that we can discern to restore his relationship with his wife or calm her fears. Instead, he launched right back into his ministry work in spite of probationary restrictions and concerns raised by the legal community that, if he was not careful, he might overstep his restrictions and land himself back in prison.

It’s unfortunate that his wife turned to the unbiblical option of divorce, but when she did on March 24, 2016, Kent’s response should have been to drop everything (including his ministry), and win back his wife. Instead, the divorce was completely uncontested, finalized in record time, and now Kent admits on video that he had his eye on Mary Tocco, a divorced woman, since February of 2016, a full month prior to the filing of this divorce. And in this self-congratulatory video, he makes it clear that his purpose in entering into this is to just “move on” and get back to “serving the Lord” – while the ink is still wet on the divorce papers.  

This is a tragedy. Dr. Hovind has done so many great things for God, and so many of us were looking for even greater things to come. What happened? It may seem odd that Kent and Jo Hovind could be married for 40 years, and then Kent remarries a woman a few short months after a swift, uncontested divorce. But if you could spend some time in the Hovind home before it fell apart, you would understand he gave up on his family years ago. I only spent a short time there, and the silence was deafening. The complete lack of familial love and devotion was painfully obvious. The inability of Dr. Hovind to even consider his error was shameful. And the unhealthy, unholy, imbalanced focus on the ministry to the complete exclusion of his family is in a word, sinful.

Ministry is a good thing. I believe every single Christian should actively evangelize in some way or another. But it must not come before our first priorities. It should not come before doctrinal purity, caring for our spouses, and training up our children. We to whom God has entrusted a family should place them before everything but our personal walk with God. Kent Hovind has done great things for God, but he has lost his own family and should be ashamed of how he is acting. Don’t be deceived by his zeal for the ministry. Don’t overlook his complete abandoning of his family and pretend everything is all right. Kent Hovind is now marrying a second wife, but until he repents, he will always have a mistress.

**UPDATE**
After further discussion with insiders from Dr. Hovind’s camp, I would like to acknowledge his initial behind-the-scenes attempts to court his wife upon arriving home from prison. Unfortunately, I believe it was too little too late.

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