Mike the Mad Biologist

I’ve written about creationist and convicted felon Kent Hovind’s idiocy. But I had forgotten another aspect of Hovind–his ties to white supremacist groups. From the archives:


By way of Orcinus, comes a whole lot of information about creationist Kent Hovind. First, a description of his ally, Michael Marcavage, who invited Hovind to speak in Dover, PA during the trial:

Michael Marcavage, whose Philadelphia-based organization Repent America is sponsoring Hovind’s visit, said the accusations of anti-Semitism and extremism are unfair.

“He believes that people are from one race, the human race,” Marcavage said.

He said some Jewish organizations, such as the Anti-Defamation League and the American Civil Liberties Union, are targeting Christians because of their faith.

“Those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh are under the spirit of anti-christ,” Marcavage added, a reference to 1 John 4:2-3.

Um, the ACLU isn’t a Zionist Occupation Govermental Jewish organization. But maybe this is unfair to Hovind. Perhaps we shouldn’t judge the man by his friends, but by his own words and deeds:

Opened in 2001, Dinosaur Adventure Land sprung from Hovind’s Creation Science Evangelism ministry, which began to evolve in the late ’80s. CSE sells videos and audiotapes of Hovind’s lectures and his debates with evolutionary scientists, along with books on “Evolution and the New World Order.” (At least one of them, Fourth Reich of the Rich, alleges a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.)

Hovind also points his followers to Citizens Rule Book, popular among antigovernment “Patriots”; Media Bypass, an antigovernment magazine with strong anti-Semitic leanings; and titles by America’s leading authority on tax-dodging, Irwin Schiff, who was indicted on criminal tax evasion charges in March (see Taxing the First Amendment). Two years ago, Hovind’s “fine Christian friend,” Joseph Sweet of the Joy Foundation, ran into similar trouble, sued by the feds for allegedly teaching folks how to evade income taxes.

And then there’s this:

Hovind, who runs the Creation Science Evangelism ministry from Pensacola, Fla., says the whole Bible is literally true and that the Earth is only 6,000 years old. While that may seem par for the creationist course, Hovind also sells anti-Semitic books like Fourth Reich of the Rich and has recommended The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a book blaming the world’s problems on a Jewish conspiracy.

Environmentalism and income taxes, Hovind says, are designed to destroy the United States and “bring it under Communism.” “Democracy,” he says, “is evil and contrary to God’s law.”

Every religion has fundamentalists bordering on extremism; Hovind is notable for his wide reception and for his promulgating of conspiracy theories favored by the antigovernment “Patriot” movement.

I disagree with the SPLC on one thing: Hovind isn’t a ‘fundamentalist bordering on extremism.’ He’s an anti-Semitic hate-mongering bigot; there isn’t a border within miles of this guy.

Remember one thing: one political party-the Democrats-has nothing to do with Hovind and his travelling fellows. Another political party-the Republicans-considers Hovind and friends to be the Republican Party’s base.

That’s the controversy which should be taught.

Comments

  1. #1 TinyTim
    November 26, 2007

    What do Othodox Jews really think of non-jews?

  2. #3 Joshua Zelinsky
    November 26, 2007

    Tiny Tim, what they think of non-Jews is less than relevant (Orthodox Jews could be the worst bigots in the world and it would not alter at all whether Hovind is anti-semite or other form of hateful nutcase). But to answer the question anyways it varies. The Modern Orthodox are generally fine with non-Jews but as one gets more extreme the attitude changes. Chabad for example thinks that Jews have a fundamentally different type of soul than non-Jews(I actually once saw a chabadnik mention this in front of non-Jews and then not understand why they found the claim offensive). However, in general Judaism has always accepted the idea that non-Jews could get to heaven (or whatever the equivalent is). That’s the primary reason why Judaism has not been a proselytizing religion for most of its history. That set of beliefs puts limits on how far down Orthodox Jews can look at non-Jews. However, many Conservative and Reform Jews have extremely ethnocentric attitudes that border on racial supremacy. And since the religious element isn’t as important to many of them as the ethnic/cultural element, they don’t even see it as something that can be changed at all. In some cases, highly unpleasant to be around.

  3. #4 Ian
    November 27, 2007

    Hovind’s duplicity is ever apparent. In the earlier blog you referenced, he’s rambling about closing ‘most’ prisons – but why not close them all? If he’s truly into the purportedly Christian principle forgiving, of forgoing judgment, of letting go and letting God why wouldn’t he want them all closed? He’s a hypocrite, that’s why, as well as a liar and a coward, purely and simply.

  4. #5 Chris Tucker
    November 28, 2007

    What do Othodox (sic) Jews really think of non-jews?

    Hey, someone has to buy retail!

    Hey, don’t forget to tip your server!

    Good night! Drive Safely!

    What? You actually thought that question deserved a serious response?

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