Eric Hovind, Racist

Daylight Atheism readers undoubtedly remember Kent Hovind, a bottom-feeder creationist with a degree from a diploma mill and a phony $250,000 offer for anyone who could offer “proof of evolution”. You probably also remember that Hovind is currently serving a ten-year prison sentence for federal tax evasion. But what you might not know is that Hovind’s son, Eric, has a blog of his own – and judging by a recent post, the wingnut apple doesn’t fall far from the crazy tree.

The post, titled “Welfare Poem”, is an unabashedly racist piece of drivel, written in deliberately broken English and demonizing immigrants as lazy, shiftless parasites. Here’s an excerpt (brief, since I can’t stand to quote much from garbage like this):

Finally, white guy moves away,
Now I buy his house, and then I say,
‘Find more aliens for house to rent.’
And in the yard I put a tent.
Send for family they just trash,
But they, too, draw the welfare cash!
Everything is very good,
And soon we own the neighborhood.
We have hobby it’s called breeding,
Welfare pay for baby feeding.

Surely this is what Jesus would have wanted!

I don’t know who originally wrote this racist filth, but a Google search for “welfare poem” finds that the number-two result is a copy of the poem quoted approvingly at the white supremacist website Stormfront. Hovind’s post ends with a bogus quote claiming that immigrants make more in welfare than retirees make in pension – as Snopes points out, this was originally written about Canada, not the U.S., and it wasn’t even true then.

You may have noticed I linked to a Google cache version of the page, because Hovind later deleted the original post after he realized that he was going off-script. Ardent creationists aren’t supposed to be racists; it shines a light on parts of their movement’s history that they’d just as soon see forgotten. Lest you think the Curse of Ham is just a relic of ancient history, here’s the father of the modern creationist movement, Henry Morris, in a book that was republished as recently as 1991:

“Yet the prophecy again has its obverse side. Somehow they have only gone so far and no farther. The Japhethites and Semites have, sooner or later, taken over their territories, and their inventions, and then developed them and utilized them for their own enlargement. Often the Hamites, especially the Negroes, have become actual personal servants or even slaves to the others. Possessed of a genetic character concerned mainly with mundane matters, they have eventually been displaced by the intellectual and philosophical acumen of the Japhethites and the religious zeal of the Semites.” (source)

In his carefully phrased non-apology, Hovind claimed that his original post was meant to express only “a simple dislike for lazy people who USE the government, do not work, and expect to get paid for doing nothing”. This would only have been plausible if the poem hadn’t so prominently depicted people of color as the sole perpetrators and referred to them as “trash” who wear “turbans” and who want to “own the neighborhood” by breeding prolifically and driving white people away.

Sentiments like this always bubble up from the sewers whenever racists think decent, good-hearted people aren’t watching. Hovind’s hasty backpedaling shows that he got caught red-handed, and knew it – but the next time this ignorant, hateful creationist claims to be a moral authority, remember his words.

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  • http://superstitionfree.blogspot.com Robert Madewell

    Eric Hovind’s retraction of that poem was pathetic. He rebutted the accusations of racism with ad hominem. He said (paraphrased), “I’m not racist! You evilutionists are! Nanny Nanny Boo Boo!”

  • Troff

    “lazy people who USE the government, do not work, and expect to get paid for doing nothing”

    … priests?

  • Danikajaye

    egh…. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit…. STILL not as disgusting as that “poem”.

  • Justin

    Eric Hovind’s retraction of that poem was pathetic. He rebutted the accusations of racism with ad hominem. He said (paraphrased), “I’m not racist! You evilutionists are! Nanny Nanny Boo Boo!”

    It’s too much to expect a creationist to admit error. It just isn’t in the job description.

  • http://godlessgirl.com GG

    Sickening! His “Oh shit, blame the other guy!” immaturity just underlines the despicable, classless behavior.

  • http://miketheinfidel.blogspot.com/ MikeTheInfidel

    What a pathetic little troll he is. The rotten apple sure didn’t fall far from the tree.

  • Alex Weaver

    In his carefully phrased non-apology, Hovind claimed that his original post was meant to express only “a simple dislike for lazy people who USE the government, do not work, and expect to get paid for doing nothing”.

    1000 words…

  • Pi Guy

    Lying for Jesus is still lying, Eric.

    Love your sciency “Creation Minute” series though.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Especially interesting in light of Creationists attempts to blame Charles Darwin and “Darwinism” for social ills like racism and eugenics.

  • http://superstitionfree.blogspot.com Robert Madewell

    Eric Hovinds site is interesting. One article lists a few dozen travel destinations to creation museums. One museum is Museum of Earth History, Eureka Springs, AR. The relevant thing is that this museum sits on the same property as The Christ of The Ozarks. The statue was built by Gerald L. K. Smith, who was a notorius anti-semitist. Smith was also a creationist and his statue is a popular destiantion for good God loving christian families. At the statue, there are plaques depicting Smith as a good fundamentalist christian, never mentioning the fact that he was a holocaust denier and racist.

    I live about 50 miles away from there.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    lazy people who USE the government” as opposed to
    currently serving a ten-year prison sentence for federal tax evasion

    Hmmm…

  • http://whyihatejesus.blogspot.com OMGF

    Reginald,
    I think the distinction comes from his dad actually working hard to try and fleece the state and citizens of owed tax money instead of simply being too lazy to fill out his taxes properly.

  • mikespeir

    There are lots of ways to exhibit “a simple dislike for lazy people who USE the government, do not work, and expect to get paid for doing nothing.” What’s telling is that Hovind chose this one.

    And the, uh, “poem.” When I think of all the doggerel I’ve turned out over the years but was to ashamed on artistic grounds to let it see the light of day! One thing you’ve gotta say about the author of this piece of trash: he’s not proud.

  • http://yunshui.wordpress.com yunshui

    Mikespeir has it right – Eric might be a racist, but that almost pales in comparison to his crimes against the English language! Is he perhaps exacerbating his bigotry by trying to imitate what he supposes is the speech pattern of a recent immigrant, or could it be that he really can’t write to save his pathetic life?

    Even Stormfront should be ashamed to publish that drivel – although as Bing points out, they aren’t exactly a team of budding Byrons themselves…

  • http://thegreenbelt.blogspot.com The Ridger

    I’m not sure he wrote that poem – if you check Snopes, you’ll see that it’s been around for a while. But even if he didn’t, he liked it well enough to post it, so he’s still awful.

  • bassmanpete

    Something similar to the Welfare Poem was doing the rounds in the UK as long ago as the ’60s.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/daylightatheism Ebonmuse

    lazy people who USE the government” as opposed to
    currently serving a ten-year prison sentence for federal tax evasion

    Hmmm…

    Reginald wins the thread for that comment. :)

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Andrew Brown talks about a visit by Michael Ruse to the Creation Museum

    The other point, easily overlooked, is that this was a very racially mixed place. I had not known that the modern creationist movement, from its very beginnings in the works of Henry Morris, was adamant that the human race was all one. This is a very interesting sidelight on the complications of modern American fundamentalism. Modern creationism could just as well have been a racist doctrine. If you’re going to believe the story of Noah’s flood, it takes an effort then to disbelieve the story of his curse on Canaan which was one of the traditional Christian justifications for slavery – the slaves were meant to be descended from the cursed grandson Canaan. Yet that story is ignored in the creation museum.

    For comparison: Henry Morris and racism

  • http://www.drdino.com Eric Hovind

    For the record I would like to point out that I am not a racist, never have been, and don’t want to be. According to Scripture, my authority, we are all made of one blood. I hold the position that we are all part of the human race, created by God in His image.
    I do believe that Evolutionism is the foundation for racism and that it is obvious from the evidence that the philosophy of evolution is exactly what Hitler used to justify his brutal tactics.
    Yes I did post that poem and then remove it. It was not a good testimony and does not reflect the true nature of what I believe. I said before and will say again, I am sorry.
    As for welfare, and other social issues, I believe that more blame should be put on the system and possibly even the church for failing our communities by not taking care of these issues but instead handing them over to the government.
    You can read more views and comments at my blog at http://www.drdino.com
    Eric Hovind

    PS. I hope you can accept my apology without me having to get into the whole idea of where “right” and “wrong” come from. I do find it amusing that an atheist who says there is no absolute and therefore no right and wrong would say that I was “wrong” for doing something. Seems rather hypocritical on your part.

  • http://www.whyihatejesus.blogspot.com/ OMGF

    For the record I would like to point out that I am not a racist, never have been, and don’t want to be.

    Many racists don’t self-identify as such. But, when you came across a white power poem and printed it, don’t you think that’s a pretty good indicator?

    I do believe that Evolutionism is the foundation for racism and that it is obvious from the evidence that the philosophy of evolution is exactly what Hitler used to justify his brutal tactics.

    Right, because racism only appeared after evolution came around, right? Oh wait. Oh, and Hitler? Really? I’m surprised that you haven’t read Mein Kampf (you know, because of the racism and all) and found all the non-instances of talk of evolution and all the instances of talk of god and the god-given superiority of aryans. C’mon, the Hitler/evolution reference has been continually debunked.

    I do find it amusing that an atheist who says there is no absolute and therefore no right and wrong would say that I was “wrong” for doing something. Seems rather hypocritical on your part.

    Only because you hold to an erroneous false dichotomy of absolute or completely relative morality. Unfortunately for you, that’s not the case. And, I find it hypocritical on your part to complain about this all while proclaiming your non-racism.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/daylightatheism Ebonmuse

    For the record I would like to point out that I am not a racist, never have been, and don’t want to be.

    No, of course not. You just happened to approvingly quote a blatantly white supremacist poem without realizing it. Seriously, if your defense is that you were too stupid to realize it was a piece of racist filth before posting it, shouldn’t we conclude that your views on other subjects are equally well-thought-out?

    I do believe that Evolutionism is the foundation for racism and that it is obvious from the evidence that the philosophy of evolution is exactly what Hitler used to justify his brutal tactics.

    That would be the same Adolf Hitler who ordered the distribution of Bibles and boasted about how he was continuing Jesus’ work by fighting the Jews, would it?

    PS. I hope you can accept my apology without me having to get into the whole idea of where “right” and “wrong” come from. I do find it amusing that an atheist who says there is no absolute and therefore no right and wrong would say that I was “wrong” for doing something.

    I do believe in right and wrong. Your views on atheists are as ignorant and uninformed as your views on evolution.

  • Thumpalumpacus

    Also, the idea that Hitler used Darwin’s ideas is silly. “Social Darwinism” was a point of view put forth by Herbert Spencer, who completely misused biological concepts by placing them into the realm of social morality.

    Also, the fact that morality is inherently relative does not mean that morality is meaningless, but it doesn’t surprise me that a Christian would rather avoid the issue of “right” and “wrong.” This is, after all, a centuries-old pattern.

    Finally, the irony of you, after publishing this crap, calling anyone else a hypocrite would be rich beyond compare, were it no so common amongst the faithful.

    For what it’s worth, my multi-racial family and I forgive you your bigotry.

  • kennypo65

    He’s not really racist. He’s just upset that his convict father is now some black guy’s “bitch”.

  • http://Daylightatheism.org J. James

    The hypocrisy is tangible. But people really DO game the social entitlement programs, and this little nitwit detracts from the problem with his racism. Nowadays, it would behoove us to trim the fat, as it were, so that these programs can really help the handicapped as they were intended to in the first place. I just can’t stand it when even one thing gets a free ride, be it church or welfare leech. More to the point, what kind of behavior is that teaching to our children? “Oh, no, you don’t have to STRIVE for anything, heavens! All you have to do is act pathetic and people will give you everything you need.” My local movie theater has one such ‘mother’- every single day she ILLEGALLY gathers up her two children and plops down in the hot sun, from seven in the morning to as late as TEN-THIRTY, and begs. The cops turn a blind eye because they don’t want to have the removal of her children on their conscious. It makes me SICK. But, I guess that’s different because no one is forcing us to give her money. Still, what do you want to bet she collects some sort of government assistance?

  • Thumpalumpacus

    And what does that have to do with race? Judging by the number of mentions in your post, JJ, nothing at all.

  • http://peternothnagle.com Peter N

    “My local movie theater has one such ‘mother’”, etc.

    She’s a “welfare leech”? Is that all you can imagine? What I would do, if I had an ounce of curiosity about what brought this “mother” (your scare quotes, not mine) to this state, would be to ask her. If it turned out to be uninsured health care expense, job loss, domestic violence, or mental illness, would that trigger a little compassion in addition to your scorn?

    What you could do would be to call the police and ask them to check on the children’s welfare. They could also refer her to the appropriate food bank or homeless shelter. But then you would have taken a little initiative to get help to someone in need, and it would be harder to use the story to take cheap shots at the powerless.

  • http://Daylightatheism.org J. James

    Actually, I wasn’t calling her a welfare leech, that was something different. I do bet, however, that she receives government support. Also, judging by the fact that she has a cell phone and carries a perfectly spelled sign reading “HOMELESS FAMILY-ANYTHING HELPS-GOD BLESS” she doesn’t have mental problems and probably could be somewhere else in her life if she wanted to be. I really don’t fault you for coming to those conclusions. But I do take issue when a mother uses, abuses her children as props to make money.

  • http://steve.mikexstudios.com themann1086

    JJ,

    Cell phones are a cheap and easy way for the homeless to maintain a connection to the outside world and thus improve their chances of finding employment. Last time I heard some “hurr how are they homeless if they have a cell phone” was when one of the Obamas made a surprise appearance at a soup kitchen, and the people there took pictures with their cell phones. Malkin and other right-wing jackasses tried to turn it into a way to call poor people “lucky duckies”.

    ETA: Also, she could be somewhere “if she wanted to”? Because all you need in America is the desire for something and you can get it! Wanker.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/daylightatheism Ebonmuse

    Just to elaborate on this – J.James, if you were homeless and were looking for a job so you could get back on your feet, how would a potential employer get in touch with you? Obviously you wouldn’t have a mailing address. Having a cell phone is the next best thing. A basic model with a prepaid plan isn’t expensive, and you’d be reachable wherever you go. Making it possible for people to reach you isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity if you don’t want to be homeless forever.

  • Thumpalumpacus

    About nine years ago I was damned near homeless, a single father. You’d better believe that out of my (at the time) $700/month income (in SoCal, where that won’t get you shit), I spent $30/mo on a cell phone, so I could climb the hell up out of my hole.

    Also, homelessness =/= stupidity, so I’m wondering about your comment about a perfectly-spelled sign, especially when you, JJ, with internet access, cannot punctuate the sentence properly.

  • Scotlyn

    J. James, I just want to say that the constant tone of resentment of others is one of the most unattractive aspects of much of what passes these days for American political discourse. It’s just “crab bucket” talk, and it really suits the owners of the crab bucket to keep it going in just your whiny tone of voice. You keep it up, though, and you’ll never get a look at what’s beyond the rim of the bucket (or understand who really benefits from you being there).

    Do you really want to trade places with the “mother” you speak of? Do you really think her life is so “lucky.” I didn’t think so.

    Still… it wouldn’t hurt at all to do just a bit of “trading places” in your imagination…

  • http://Daylightatheism.org J. James

    Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that mentioning the cell phone was a bad example. But the fact remains that what she is doing is legally considered child abuse. And what choice does she have, you may ask? If a job is out of the picture, then why shouldn’t she use her children to increase sympathy, therefore earnings? That’s only more money for the children, after all. And neither is going to Government or private charity an option, because that carries the risk of having her abuse exposed and her children taken. So you see, she really has no choice… Or does she? Would it not be in the best interests of the children to give them up, if the need really is that dire?

  • http://steve.mikexstudios.com themann1086

    Ah, compassionate conservatism hard at work.

  • 2-D Man

    Er, JJ, if she’s homeless, what do you suggest she do with her children while she’s busy panhandling? Would it make you feel better if she had ‘em working as chimney sweeps?

  • http://Daylightatheism.org J. James

    In the spirit of capitalism, yes. And you should see them, they look like chimney sweeps.
    Kidding, of course.
    And an update! The school year has since started… And the children have vanished. Unsurprising, but the mom has gone too! One would expect that the mother would still be begging for at least a bit longer in the same spot she has been for months… Unless she really WAS gaming people and her “hooks” became unavailable! Also, you should know that perfectly able twenty-somethings begging is extraordinarily prevalent here. It’s made me a bit jaded.

  • http://steve.mikexstudios.com themann1086

    Or maybe she found a job you fuck.

  • Thumpalumpacus

    Whoa, the school year started and the kids vanished?! Call Scotland Yard; this certainly doesn’t add up.

  • 2-D Man

    Pro tip: If you have to point out that you’re just kidding, your comment probably wasn’t very funny anyway.

  • http://Daylightatheism.org J. James

    Whoa, let’s be civil here… But don’t you find it a perfectly logical sequence of events if she really was gaming people using her kids, Themann? I can acknowledge the existence of people that are genuinely needy, so why can’t you entertain the concept that there may, perhaps, possibly be people that take advantage of charity intended for others?
    I didn’t insult you. I only ask for the same basic respect.

  • http://steve.mikexstudios.com themann1086

    Of course it’s possible. But I’m not the one assuming a homeless person asking for help is lying.

    Also, civility concern troll is concerned about civility.

  • 2-D Man

    I didn’t insult you. I only ask for the same basic respect.

    Funny you should ask for that….


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