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Creationist hijinks in the news

After a week long hiatus, the Hovind trial continues in Florida. This week, we learn about the virtues of Christian charity.

Hovind, a tax protester, makes a substantial amount of money. But he believes he and his employees work for God, are paid by God and, therefore, aren’t subject to taxation.

Schneider testified this morning that Jo Hovind requested financial help for her bills from Baptist Health Care, claiming that she had no income.

Schneider also said the Hovinds wrote checks to their children from their Christian Science Evangelism account. They also withdrew money from that account for cashier’s checks.

On one day, a $9,000 check was withdrawn for their son, Eric. That same day, another $9,000 check was withdrawn for Eric’s wife, Tanya.

So they’re raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, they just bunny-hop down to the bank and withdraw sub-$10,000 chunks of cash at will, and they have to beg Baptist Health Care for financial assistance? There must be a few poor Baptists somewhere who are struggling to meet their medical bills who are outraged about that.


Meanwhile, we can’t forget that other infamous creationist, Ken Ham. He isn’t in financial trouble (far from it; I suspect he’s doing research on squeezing camels through needle eyes right now), but he’s facing another, somewhat less critical problem to his fleecing-the-rubes operation: Lucy is coming to town.

Associated Press news reports announcing Lucy’s visit state as fact that the fossilized remains are between three and four million years old and that “debate” still rages about how close an ancestor to man Lucy would be. But Ken Ham, president of the biblical creationist group Answers in Genesis, says those reports are only the beginning of Lucy’s anti-creationism tour.

“When I see that they’re bringing the most famous of the supposed ‘human ancestor’ fossils to America, and they’re going to feature it across America, I can see this is a big push for evolution,” Ham observes.

Oh, no! How dare those wicked evilutionists confont Americans with <oooh!> EVIDENCE <gasp>!! I can see how he’d be unhappy that our museums would be confronting creationist lies with the actual data—showing the evidence is making a “big push for evolution”.

Comments

  1. #1 Sastra
    October 30, 2006

    The next poster calls him “a good Christian”. The man is a serial liar and fraudster who embezzles from his flock and likens himself to the Pope. What do you have to be to be a *bad* Christian?

    Bishop John Shelby Spong?

  2. #2 Ichthyic
    October 30, 2006

    oh, if you want to see some great examples of Hovind supporters, you should check out the PT thread on Hovind.

    http://www.pandasthumb.org/archives/2006/10/dr_dino_in_the_1.html#comments

    there is a wonderful little sociopathic poster in there (who can’t decide on a name). Convinced that the Jesuits sank the Titanic, no less.

    it seems Hovindites share many of the same underlying mental disfunctions.

    here’s a sample:

    Darwin’s Evolution is the religion of satan!

    Book of John, “The Holy Bible”

    44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

    45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

    a real god-bothering tub-thumper, that one. funny stuff if you go for laughing at the insane.

    (and you know you do, why else be interested in Hovind at all?)

  3. #3 David Marjanović
    October 31, 2006

    Slightly over 1 % in Austria.

    ——————-

    Hovind clearly is not a Christian, he is a Scientologer:

    MAKE MONEY

    MAKE MORE MONEY

    Would be cool if someone said this during the trial.

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