Kent Hovind performed (and I use that term intentionally) his seminar in Dover, Pennsylvania over the last few days. The York Daily Record has a report on the event. Included is this quote which demonstrates quite well why oral debates with Hovind are not only a waste of time, they’re detrimental:
According to several in the crowd of more than 600, Hovind’s charisma and humor got his message across: “The universe was created by God.”
“Everybody’s fighting over it,” Frysinger, a 13-year-old who attends Dover’s intermediate school, said of evolution versus creation.
“Actually, what he’s saying is true,” his brother, Chris Frysinger, 15, said of Hovind’s lecture. “He knows what he’s talking about. You can hear it in his voice.”
Myriah Hartzell, 11, recently stopped attending a Christian school and enrolled in Dover Area School District’s North Salem Elementary School because she wanted to be in a larger school that has a football team. She came to Hovind’s seminar with her parents and younger brother and said she brought a book along expecting to be bored by the lecture. But she said Hovind was very funny and held her attention.
A perfect illustration of the futility of such “debates”. Most of the audience simply doesn’t care about what is true or false and couldn’t distinguish between them if they tried. All they care about is that the guy who supports their previously held position sounds credible, and Hovind does. He’s charismatic, well spoken, and on the surface he’s a fountain of facts. Only those with a decent education in the issue know that he’s a fraud and a con man. And that is only a tiny portion of the audience at such an event.