Nearly two weeks after Hovind’s arrest, there’s still nothing about it on drdino.com, but now Kent has posted
on his weblog.
He describes the arrest as an Elian Gonzales-style SWAT raid:
No, they brought in a swat team to drag my sick wife out of bed and handcuffed her in her nightgown. They refused to let her get dressed, put on a robe or even go to the bathroom even though she begged for these simple courtesies. The agents rushed her and I into a squad car then into a freezing cell for 3 hrs!
Given Hovind’s predilection for, um, having a unique take on events, I advise taking this with a grain of salt. On one hand, even if he wasn’t considered a physical risk, what with his guns and all, I suspect it’s standard procedure not to give the suspects the opportunity to destroy evidence. Also, he says they were taken to the station in “a squad car”. If it had really been an all-out Waco-style raid, I suspect the police would’ve brought a paddy-wagon.
Will the pastors and other Christians who have spread malicious rumors about me repent, apologize and undo the damages? […] Will they send gifts (v. [Job 42:]8) to the ministry to help repair the damage their unfounded gossip has done?
How’s that for chutzpah? He’s been arrested for all sorts of financial shenanigans, having set up his church as a front, and now he’s asking for more money!
The IRS has taken all the church ministry donations for the year and called it Kent Hovind’s personal income. This is silly. Any church with 30+ staff will need a large operating budget. That does not mean it all belongs to the pastor as personal income!
True, but when the pastor in question claims to have no income yet manages to withdraw half a million bucks from the bank, something funny’s going on.
I have has said many times, “If you are taking lots of flack that proves you are over the target!” This recent flack just proves we are right on target in the message on creation and just strengthens my resolve to keep preaching.
So preaching creationism necessarily involves playing silly buggers in a way designed to attract the attention of the IRS? Good to know that.
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for:
Read the book of Acts and see if it is normal for Christians to be treated this way.
2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
It just wouldn’t be authentic if he didn’t play the Christian persecution card.