22 January 2007

Denouncing Dr. Dino

This news is a few days old now, but as many of you may have heard, infamous Creation "scientist" Kent "Dr. Dino" Hovind has just been sentenced to 10 years in prison for tax evasion. Apparently he had claimed that he didn't have to pay taxes because everything he owned belonged to God. I'm not writing this to poke fun at Hovind (though if you want a laugh at his expense, check out the back of an "educational" children's placemat he put together a few years back); rather, I'm writing it because I am decidedly partisan in the battle between Education and Ignorance, and I certainly didn't want to pass up the chance to point out the glaring hypocrisy of the latter side. Of course, I'm no theologian, but I know enough about the Bible to know that the issue of taxation is specifically raised in its pages, and that even a good Christian should "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's." So, effectively, Hovind is going against both Biblical and United States law, and yet he makes himself out to be some sort of martyr. The scary thing is, people believe him! Just look at some of the comments people have posted on the article I linked to at the top of this entry. They say he's a good man, and that should excuse him from being punished for being greedy (one of the Seven Deadly Sins, I might add). They're effectively saying that it's OK if you don't actually act as the Bible says just so long as you say you do, which is just about the most un-Christian thing I can think of. At any rate, it's nice to see that for once one of these creeps got caught. Lest we forget, though (and because I like ending on an ominous and melodramatic note), figures like Hovind are just pawns in this game; there are far more insidious and effective forces out there on the side of Ignorance, and I fear the people at the Discovery Institute are far too clever to ever get caught at tax evasion...

1 comment:

Hans said...

Dealing with reality was not really "Dr." Dino's strong suit.