Daubenmire: Kent Hovind is a Political Prisoner

Daubenmire: Kent Hovind is a Political Prisoner February 10, 2015

“Coach” Dave Daubenmire is a rather paranoid man. In his latest column at BarbWire, he claims that Kent Hovind is a political prisoner and says that he’s very worried that a SWAT team is going to bust into his house in the middle of the night and take him away for…well, something.

I have to be honest with you. I think about it often. Not a night goes by when I do not think about it as I crawl in my warm bed beside my sweet wife of 35 years.

“Will this be the night that the black limos pull in my driveway? Is this the night that the SWAT Team goons bust down my door and haul me off to the slammer?”

I am being dead serious. I really do think about it every night because that is what they did to Dr. Kent Hovind.

Well gee, Dave, have you been refusing to pay, or even file, taxes on millions of dollars in income? Have you refused to withhold taxes from your employees? No? Hovind did those things. Those are crimes. He was arrested and convicted for it. And he has a perfect excuse for Hovind:

Does anyone really understand the tax code? Do you ever think twice when filing your tax returns as to whether or not your deductions and write-offs are in full compliance with the IRS code? How do you defend yourself from such a maize of tax-law and an army of government bureaucrats?

Hovind didn’t make a mistake on his taxes, for crying out loud. He didn’t take a deduction he wasn’t due by mistake. He took in millions of dollars and refused to pay taxes, claiming, absurdly, that he didn’t have any income because all his money belonged to God. Daubenmire admits this:

But this week, Dr. Dino has just completed his 99th month in federal prison for what the government claims was violation of the IRS tax code. Until the Feds burst into his house in the middle of the night back in 2004 Dr. Dino traveled the country defending Biblical Creation.

Along the way he began to warn churches about going into partnership with the government in the form of 501(c)(3) corporations. He claimed that the church needed no such partnership because the church was already “immune” from taxation. The church, he claimed, needed no such approval from the government and that by doing so churches where making themselves subject to the laws, codes, and statutes of the government. They labeled him a “tax protestor.”

In many ways Kent Hovind is a political prisoner. It was what you would expect in a communist country like North Korea.

Oh, nonsense. Churches may be tax-exempt, but religious people aren’t. Ministers still pay income taxes on their income and churches still have to withhold taxes from their employees if they are paid by W-2. Even if Hovind’s pathetic little theme park and ministry are a church, he still deliberately violated the law. But by all means, don’t let pesky little facts get in the way of your most recent incoherent rant.

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