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.
Here is a fair assessment of his story.
Permit me to say right up front that I have no intention of committing suicide. I am madly in love with my wife, enjoy the time I spend with family and friends, and look forward to watching my grandchildren grow up around my feet.
To the best of my ability I obey the laws of the nation, no matter how tyrannical I believe some of them to be, while I do my best to speak the Truth in such a way as my Savior would be honored by my life.
But my outspoken style rubs many the wrong way, especially those who hold positions in the government. Every time I type a word on my keyboard I wonder just who is going to be offended by what I say and across whose desk will my commentary be passed.
George Washington said, “Government is not reason, nor eloquence. It is force. And like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master.” The IRS has ruined Dr. Kent Hovind’s life.
It is a sad time in America when we are in fear of our government. You need look no further than what Lois Lerner did with the hammer of the IRS. We are all just one audit away from destruction.
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?
When government reaches the point where they profit off of law-breaking we have reached a dangerous place. Government should be about seeking “justice” not enforcing laws. Today, law-breaking is big business for the government.
Once the government finds out that they can increase their revenue by “fining” citizens for code violations, we can only expect more code violations will be levied.
Prison is a place for violent, hardened criminals. It is not a place for people who simply violate codes, statutes, and ordinances. Sentencing to prison a non-violent individual simply for breaking a “law” is inhuman. It is, in fact, a life sentence in that it destroys the perpetrator, the family, and the financial future of the family. The punishment does not fit the crime. Restitution…paying back the victim plus damages…is the solution spelled out in the Bible.
Kent Hovind is a perfect example of the tyranny of the legal system. Known lovingly as Dr. Dino because of his affinity for dinosaurs, he is one of the nation’s foremost apologists for Creation Science. The internet is full of free videos of him presenting seminars where he destroys the phony science of evolution. Just do an internet search of his name.
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.
While in jail Dr. Hovind has led thousands to saving faith in Jesus Christ. He conducts four Bible studies a day for the inmates. He has written 37 books. He has been married for 40 years. He has grandchildren that he has never held.
Meanwhile Al Sharpton is invited to the White House, and hosts his own television show on MSNBC while owing over $4.5 million in taxes. Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner got off scot-free by blaming Turbo Tax.
I could go on but it will just make your head spin. Read up on the case HERE and HERE. Now they want to banish Dr. Hovind to a deserted island for the rest of his life for “bank fraud” from jail. That is a locomotive coming down the railroad. You can hear his defense in this fascinating 6 minute interview from jail.
Here is why the government is so effective at what they do. They arrest a guy like Dr Hovind and immediately label him a lawbreaker, tax-cheat, tax-protestor, and anti-government conspiracy theorist. They throw mud against the wall until something sticks thereby scaring any Christian group or organization who might be willing to come to his aid. His legal bills mount. His ability to earn a living has been destroyed, and his effective defense of the Gospel is relegated to inside the prison walls.
I think of Dr. Hovind when I craw in bed at night. He has been away from his family for nearly nine years. Many in the government hope he rots in jail. His sentencing judge said Kent’s activities were “worse than rape.” How do you fight city hall? How do you afford the lawyers to vindicate yourself? How do you fight against a biased judge and prosecutor?
What will I do when they come for me? What will you do when they come for you? The average tax sentence in America is 14 months. Kent has done 99 months and they want more of his hide. If we remain silent now in less than a month Dr. Hovind will be sentenced to life in jail.
This is a fast-moving story and it is starting to get traction in the media. The powers-that-be are trying to block the story from mainstream media. Here is a good short video that explains how you can help.
Don’t think it can’t happen to you. Speaking the Truth is dangerous business. Government is a fearsome master. FREE KENT HOVIND!!
Watch just 2 minutes of this video.
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