The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 November 2006

The young-prisoner hypothesis

Kent Hovind, evangelist and proprietor of Pensacola's Dinosaur Adventure Land creationist theme park, is facing 288 years in prison after conviction on 58 counts of tax fraud.

Hovind and his wife Jo, who could draw up to 225 years, had argued that they were working for God and that therefore their earnings, and those of their employees, were not subject to taxation. The park itself was closed in April because it had been built without a permit and because Escambia County authorities had never been allowed to inspect the premises. "Right now Caesar demands a building permit," quipped Mike Whitehead, chair of the County Commission.

Sentencing will be on the 9th of January.

(Via Secular Blasphemy.)

Posted at 10:10 PM to Your 15 Minutes Are Up

This was an extreme case, but lots of 'sane' folks think they have cut themselves deals with God for 'good works'. Children's book illustrator Maurice Sendak has said that he thought, as long as he did worthwhile work, he would... well, just go on and on. Then he had his first heart attack.

Although he is still alive, come to think of it. Hmm.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 12:41 AM on 5 November 2006

You know what they say ... "The Load will provide" ... :)

Posted by: Ron at 8:59 AM on 5 November 2006

According to my father-in-law, a former Methodist minister, it was "the Lard" that provided.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:02 AM on 6 November 2006

But then, he's from Georgia.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:03 AM on 6 November 2006

That's a pretty good defense, if you can work it -- due to the separation of church and state, it seems only fair that when doing the work of God you don't send tax dollars to the state.

I dunno. You try it first. Guaranteed to go better if you can get Jesus on your council.

Posted by: robohara at 10:52 AM on 6 November 2006