Dr. Kent Hovind is my friend and he is sitting in jail at this time. His was found guilty of 58 federal counts including tax fraud. I think Kent chose to fight on the wrong hill. I resent paying taxes because of the incompetence, ineptness, and corruption in government; however, I don’t resist or refuse to pay taxes. He told me on Dec. 10 that he is “not a tax protester”; he simply insists on the Federal Government enforcing the laws as they are written. Some will say that he is trying to pin a nicer label on himself; however, I don’t think so. Even if that were true, that isn’t a crime! Assuming he is correct about the IRS code, I think he was unwise to risk his and his wife’s freedom as well as his ministry. However, there is a possibility he will be considered a hero in a few years for standing for proper enforcement of laws. I have heard him say two or three times that he pays all taxes that he owes. He does not recommend tax protesting.
In recent weeks, the hatred, anger, glee, sarcasm, and delight in Kent’s jailing is incredible. Would it be all right if I remind everyone that the catalyst for early Americans’ fighting the War for Independence was a disagreement on paying taxes? We are a nation because of tax protesters! A peek into our history would be helpful.
England passed the Stamp Act in 1765 that required all legal documents and commercial instruments to be writ-ten, and newspapers to be printed, on stamped paper. That tax of 1765 fanned the flames of resistance throughout the colonies. The colonial legis-latures met and passed resolutions, the most effec-tive being Virginia and Massachusetts. Two tax resisters came to the front in those colonies–Samuel Adams in Mas-sachusetts and Patrick Henry in Virginia. Yes, their major concern was taxation without representation, different from Dr. Hovind’s motives; however, the bottom line is that America’s founding fathers and Hovind disagreed with the government about paying taxes.
Following the Stamp Act there were riots in several cities, and boxes of stamped paper arriving in America by ship were seized and burned. Lawyers agreed with one another not to treat any document as invalid because of the absence of the required stamp. Editors published their newspapers decorated with a grinning skull and cross-bones in-stead of the stamp! One such paper wrote in its final edition: “The times are dreadful, doleful, dismal, dolorous, and dollarless.”
The tax was rescinded but a new bill for taxing Americans known as the Townshend Act followed that put a tax upon tea, glass, paints and paper, and a few other articles when they entered American ports. To force Americans to pay that tax the King, in the autumn of 1768, sent a couple of regiments of British regulars to Boston to assist in enforcing the new tax. This resulted in the “Boston Massacre.”
Americans refused to buy British imports and finally the tax was rescinded on everything except tea. That wasn’t good enough so about one hundred Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded the ship, ripped open the boxes of tea, and threw it into the harbor. Among them were some of Boston’s best citizens including John Hancock.
Question: How can a tax issue be so vile a crime today if our most revered founders did far worse? After all, Kent did not break and enter, destroy property, etc. Either fellow Christians should be a bit more understanding of Kent or far more critical of Hancock, Adams, Henry, and Co. Even Christians are praising Hancock and persecuting Hovind! Ah, yes, sweet consistency.
According to news reports Hovind was fingered by fellow Christian, Rebekah Horton, vice president of Pensacola Christian College, who testified that tax evasion is “against Scripture teaching.” She reported him to the IRS! She was asked if she had other problems with Hovind and she replied, “It’s not my place to judge him.” However, she did judge him; besides, “everyone” in Pensacola knows of the problems between the two. I have known about it for many years and I live in another state.
Then Attorney David Gibbs, III testified about a lengthy conversation he had in Kent’s home on Oct. 17, 2004 on the subject of taxes. He testified that Kent boasted “with a great deal of bravado” (Gibbs’ evaluation) about how he (Hovind) had “beat the tax system.” I would have told the judge that my conversation was confidential and would not divulge the contents—and gone to jail. Additionally, if Kent made the above statement, then it was dumb; however, there is no law against saying dumb things. If so, 95% of politicians would be in jail. However, what is wrong with “beating the tax system”? Isn’t that what legally approved tax shelters are all about? Only a fool pays more taxes than is legally required.
All right, many Christians (and others) will declare that Kent was wrong, and because a government is wicked, abortion-promoting, homosexual-pandering does not justify circumvention of taxes. However, the Federal Government has often permitted sport or entertainment celebrities to walk away from huge tax payments with a very small slap on the wrists paying pennies on the dollar! Are we paranoid to suggest that Christians are always treated more severely than others? Or could the different treatment be because Kent was incorrectly characterized as a “tax protester” while the celebrities are simply incompetent money managers? Whatever the reason, Kent went to jail and many celebrities go free with very small financial penalties and no jail time.
News reports reveal that Kent faces 288 years in prison and his wife 225 years! Am I missing something here? Rapists and killers have walked away with probation and the Hovinds face a lifetime in prison! Are loonies in charge of the judicial system in Pensacola? Furthermore the judge jailed him because Prosecutor Heldmyer affirmed Hovind was a flight risk and a “danger to the community.” Yes, the loonies are in charge of the legal system if anyone thinks Kent is a danger to anyone. I have another friend (former friend), a famous pastor, who has allegedly been French-kissing little girls all his life and he is out on bail sitting at home tonight!
We are told that Hovind’s wife circumvented banking laws by taking out less than $10,000 multiple times, so bank-reporting requirements would not kick in. First, it should be known that people of character always dealt in cash, at least that’s what my Dad taught me; yet because of drug dealers and money launderers, honest people become criminals if they remove their own money from their own bank account! Yes, Virginia, the loonies are in charge of the Federal Government and the banking system. Mrs. Hovind took out their own money that no one disputes was honestly earned.
Kent is also charged with filing suits against IRS agents and others and that is a crime? If one is being mistreated, he should file suits against the perpetrators. Are Federal agents sacrosanct? Do they have special status?
It is a Federal crime to lie to a Federal official; however, some courageous politician should introduce a bill making it a Federal crime for any Government official to lie to a private citizen who pays his salary. That will happen when pigs learn to fly and shrimp learn to whistle. Meanwhile, my friend sits in jail while an accused child molester sits in the comfort of his home.
America, the land of the free and the home of the brave where Lady Justice is not only blind but often stupid!
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It is sad. I’ve been watching his videos over the last few days, then learned he’s actually in jail. I think a lot of people found this man a threat, and this was one way they found to stop his word. Thank God for his children : ) I still got a few more of his seminars to watch. America is going downhill on a fast path.
It is a shame that while he had such a wealth of information on the consistancy of true science with faith that he will be remembered more for his desire to ignore Christ’s admonition to pay for the services we receive with the temporal funds provided by that temporal service provider.
I am a South African and the people over here are only now starting to hear about Kent. His circumstances are unfortunate and jailing him for something like this is madness. In our new “free” and “democratic” South Africa we have the same problem-for instance, if you are caught not paying your TV license you get a fine of R1000 (about a hundred dollars) but if you are charged with murder in the first degree you may get bail for R500 (about fifty dollars). The moral of this is to rather kill the license inspector knocking at your door than paying the fine, you’ll save R500. YES, the world is ruled by a bunch of monkeys and hence the corruption and injustice.
I’m going to disagree with you on this one, Matt. (see 2nd comment above) With the government spending out of control, I think all Americans should say, “the heck with paying taxes”. Since they don’t want to listen to our voice, then extreme measures should be put into place. This is ridiculous, I can’t believe we are going to throw someone in jail who speaks the truth, (Christ’s admonition to pay), to pay what?
As for the government not hearing the voice of the public, now all the big corporations are getting all the money, and we pay for it, and get punked. He (Hovind) should be recognized as a hero, and every American should unite, and follow. They can’t throw all of us into jail, never mind the fact that it would bankrupt the government, but just like Daniel in the lion’s den, God will deliver Kent Hovind !!!!!!
This man is in prison because of his faith. Maybe he should have paid his taxes, but it was his faith that made him a target. How many politicians would be in prison if they were judged by the same standards as Kent? The Bible said that since Christ was persecuted, we too would be persecuted because of the name of Christ.
Bravo for Kent Hovind. He has been a hero of mine for some time now—ever since I listened to him in church talking about the dinosaurs. I am sure the government would want to quiet him—he proves them to be liars and deceivers every time he speaks. It is a shame that more people are not like him and his family.
Kent Hovind is a hero. He is a man of conviction. There aren’t many real men anymore. Mostly cowards with no convictions they would stand for. Our founding fathers sacrificed their families, their fortunes, and their lives for their convictions. What do we do? We roll over and do whatever Big Brother says. The thing Christians need to be doing is praying for Kent, not criticizing him. And for the critics: until you get half the backbone Kent has, maybe you should keep your mouth shut.
i had the privilege of hearing Dr. Hovind preaching twice, whilst he was over here in Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland. He taught me a lot about 6 day creation, which I implicitly believe. A very knowledgeable CHRISTIAN man, who sadly has payed a very dear price. I posted a CHRISTIAN book to him 3 weeks ago. “PILGRIMS PROGRESS”…. I pray that ABBA FATHER is greatly blessing him, and his ministry.
Kent Hovind is in prison for his faith and his courage to speak out against the U.S. fraudulent tax system/code. He will be greatly rewarded on the other side for his sufferings. Consider those in the church who have jumped on “Caesar’s bandwagon” to be ignorant and weak. Shame on them! We either stand united or fall apart. One day it could be one of us standing before a corrupt court facing fraudulent charges. It’s nice to know the Attorney General has the ability to change the laws during closing arguments to benefit their side too. God bless and keep the Hovinds! Thank you for the article!