Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dr. Dino still in prison

Kent Hovind (“Dr. Dino”) continues to be a presence in the homeschool community in spite of the fact that he been in federal prison serving a 10-year conviction for tax evasion. Apparently, he doesn't believe in paying taxes. Hovind and his wife recently lost their appeal, so it looks like he'll be in the clink a little longer.

"Court upholds Hovind convictions"

Hovind's ministry, Creation Science Evangelism, is now being run by his son, Eric.

In spite of Hovind's physical absence from mainstream society, he continues to be promoted within the homeschool community and other Christian circles as an example of credible science apologetics. Yet Hovind holds views that even other young-earth ministries, such as Answers in Genesis and the Institute for Creation Research, want to distance themselves from. (See AiG’s “Arguments we think creationists should NOT use” page.) For this reason, if you see that your co-op or Christian school is using Hovind videos as supplementary material, consider making a printout of the page from the AiG web site and pass it along to the leadership. Perhaps you can at least weed out that component of the curriculum.

This brings me to a personal story -- The other night, a couple of my good friends went to the movies and bumped into some young-earth evangelists outside the theater. What ensued was a lengthy conversation about a variety of topics, including, of course, the reliability of radiometric dating. My girlfriend later reflected about the way these young men seemed to take a particular delight in making Christianity sound foolish. But there is a difference between preaching the "foolishness of the cross" and just being plain foolish. Unfortunately, some people don't know the difference.

And, sadly, I would suggest that Hovind is one of these people.

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