It seems the political left has no shame, no self respect, no character, and no consistent principles. You want proof? Easy. Recently Tim Geithner was approved by the U.S. Senate to be the Secretary of the Treasury. Senator Collins had the courage to vote against him saying, “I can’t vote for a tax cheat.” Hurray for her. Tim had refused to pay his taxes until he was tapped by President Obama to become the enforcer of U.S. tax laws! He did not spend any time in prison. The loonies have taken over the asylum.
I suggest if an American citizen forgets, overlooks, neglects, refuses, etc., to pay his taxes and ends up in court, he might try to plead the “Geithner Exception.” After all, if it works for a Patrician, it should work for a peon. However, if you try this, it might be wise to plan on a year away from home living at government expense in government housing.
Then there is the “Rangel Exception.” Powerful Democrat, Congressman Charles Rangel of New York, heads up the House Ways and Means Committee whose job is to write legislation dealing with the IRS and he refused to pay taxes for years. The Honorable Congressman admitted that he failed to pay taxes on real estate income and finally paid more than $10,000 without paying any penalties. See if you can get away with that. Remember, he sets IRS policies that govern your life. He did not spend any time in prison nor did he get a slap on the wrist.
Now we discover that former senator Tom Daschle withdrew his name to be head of Health and Human Services because he cheated on his taxes! He refused to pay about $125,000 until after his appointment but he will spend no time in prison! He and other senator/friends admit he made a “mistake” and was in “error.” You try the “Daschle exception” at your next audit and see how it flies! Tom made a cogent statement in the Congressional Record May 7, 1998 when he said, “Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter.” That’s one time I agreed with Daschle. He won’t be in the President’s cabinet but he should be in the calaboose.
My friend, Dr. Kent Hovind, a very effective debater in the creation/evolution issue has a ministry in Pensacola, FL and failed to collect FICA taxes on his employees who worked for his 508 (c) (1) (a) ministry, leaving it up to his workers to make the payments. He asked the IRS three times if that was permissible because of the legal status of his ministry. He never received an answer from our valued public servants!
If tax protesters (and Kent has declared he is not one) can demonstrate the absence of criminal intent by asserting that they “sincerely believe” that they are not required to pay taxes, there is no criminal law broken; however, they cannot escape the taxes owed. Well, Kent asked three times for a ruling as to his tax obligation and got no answer until the federal boys in jackboots broke into his home early one morning and arrested him and his wife. Moreover, he can prove he “sincerely believed” he was doing what was right because lawyers and CPAs told him he was legal. Moreover, thousands of other ministries were doing as he was. Yet, Kent sits in prison (with a ten-year sentence!) and jerks sit in Congress, the Cabinet, and other High Places.
Kent’s wife made trips to their bank to get cash to pay their ministry employees and just went to prison for a year! Note that it was their hard-earned money, from their own bank account but she was charged with trying to circumvent banking laws! If a person deposits or withdrawals $10,000 the bank must inform federal authorities, but Mrs. Hovind did not need that much money so the feds read her mind and determined that she took out less than the threshold amount to not have to inform nosy federal officials what she was going to do with their own money. She is now sitting in a federal prison. If such injustice does not make you spitting angry, you have a major problem.
Washington D.C. mayor, Marion Barry pleaded guilty in 2005 to two misdemeanor tax charges and admitted to not filing his taxes from 1999 to 2004. His income was more than $500,000. He is still free and has not indicated that he will pay his legitimate taxes now way past due. Why is he not in prison?
Wesley Snipes, 45, a black entertainer, was indicted in October 2006 on two felony charges: fraud for filing a false claim for a $7 million refund (of taxes paid in 1997, before he stopped paying taxes), and conspiracy to defraud the government. Mr. Snipes was also charged with six misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns or to pay taxes on at least $58 million he and his film company earned from 1999 to 2004.
Mr. Snipes was found not guilty on two felony charges of fraud and conspiracy. He was also acquitted on three misdemeanor charges of failing to file tax returns or to pay taxes, but was convicted on three others. He was sentenced to three years in prison but has spent no time in prison as of today. His case is being appealed and he is free. Kent has been in prison for two years while his appeal was being made!
Question: Are Kent and Jo Hovind sitting in federal prisons today because they are Fundamental/ evangelical Christians and Tim Geithner, Charles Rangel, Tom Daschle, Marion Barry, Wesley Snipes are all free because they are privileged, powerful, prosperous?
It is my opinion that the Hovinds’ judge, federal attorney, and IRS agent should be in prison, not the Hovinds. And while I am having this seizure of delusion (expecting fair and equal treatment—justice) maybe the above Congressman, mayor, entertainer, and Treasury Secretary could also spend a few months in prison! Kent needs some cellmates and it my opinion that he has more character than all the above jerks combined!
Haven’t Federal officials been aloof, arbitrary, and arrogant long enough? Why not chain them down with the laws they are supposed to obey? Or is it now a one-way street where only non-privileged citizens are held accountable?
Where is the outrage from all decent, honest, fair-minded people over the injustice of it all? And the Fundamentalist/evangelical wimps who are incapable of showing a little anger are a disgrace to the cause of Christ and should rush to identify with churches that have no convictions.
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I agree with you 100% on Kent & Mrs. Hovind. Kent dared to expose the Government Bureaucrats and Government Schools for what they really are, an ineffective sorry excuse for existing.
Despite the 1st amendment, the Government will not stand by idly and allow anyone with the exposure that Kent had to castigate it if at all possible.
I am grieved in the spirit to have learned Dr. & Mrs. Hovind are in prison. I am not so blind as to think it is for anything other than exposing the evolution religion, that the government twits are pushing so hard. These infidels have no fear of God. They will unfortunately learn, God keeps his promises and he has promised to punish them. “Touch Not My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.” Ps 105:15 I would like to write to the Hovinds to help keep their spirits up, and encourage them to preach the word to all they come in contact with while there (like Paul did.)
God Bless and protect the Hovinds.
The government people who have systemically removed any semblance of God & Christianity from public view and will continue to try to remove the God of the Holy Bible (King James Bible) from its halls, monuments, supreme court, etc., They certainly could not tolerate a Christian showing them up for what they are. Dr. Hovind had debated at least 99 times professors on college campuses showing the facts of creation to be more believable than the theory of evolution, both of which people believe in by faith. One is a belief in the Creator God of the Bible and the other is a belief in no god that would interfere with their sexual mores.
It certainly is a travesty of justice that the Hovinds were found guilty of anything other than being true Bible believing Christians. May God intervene in this case to such a degree that the world will see it for what it is; a government that is being controlled by an anti-Christian crowd of infidels.
God says that his are a peculiar people. Those strong in Christ are often reviled. I pray for Kent and his wife that they may have some peace. But let’s rejoice! It’s not like they’re dead! This is a bitter reality in which the gauntlet that the Hovinds’ have been through is simply a witch hunt. I’m not stating anything new. We can all agree that this is a terrible situation. At some point I would love to be one of the first persons to shake Kent’s hand when his time is finished.
The Supreme Court recently denied Mr. Hovind’s appeal for a new trial. Now that public enemy number one is still safely behind bars, we can all rest easy and be secure in our houses, papers, and effects. “Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.” ~ Proverbs 28:5
There is definitely something wrong in the US (but not only in the US). Its looks like the world is upside down. Do something about it. Together you’re strong, as an individual you are too weak. If respectable states like the US go on like that, you’re no better than a banana republic. I mean the Bush administration was nothing but the Osama, sorry I mean Obama administration is less then nothing.
Unbelieveble. If you didn’t notice there was a curse on this world, you would see it after reading this article, right?
God bless you and your ministry Mr. Hovind!
And you too, Don Boys, (i just was watching DVD Questions & Answers of Dr. Kent Hovind (part C). He talked about your book, you and your website. That’s how I came to be here.
You might want to add to your list of outrageous double standards on this subject, the case of Sun Myung Moon, who spent 9 of 18 months in prison for tax evasion, and went on to be crowned king of peace by members of our own congress and senate, IN a senate building, in 2004. I bet no crown or robe await Brother Hovind! Well, except the ones in Heaven.
Praise the Lord Kent is being used even in prison and has had many opportunities to lead other inmates to the Lord, so he continues to do the Lord’s work.