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All Things Kent Hovind
Some explanation... In April 2016, Kent Hovind, AKA, Dr. Dino came to Lenox, Alabama, a small community in southern Conecuh County and began building a religious compound devoted to Young Earth Creationism on approximately 150 acres of land. In July 2016 after months of research and investigation, I wrote an article detailing "all things Kent Hovind" which included not only his criminal and religious background, but the groups that surround and follow Hovind wherever he goes. These groups, devout followers of Hovind, and devout haters of Hovind, continuously clash often resulting in controversy with unintended consequences.
I called this "The Hovind Effect."
In August 2016, Hovind teamed up with District 3 Conecuh County Commissioner Johnny Andrews to create a 30 minute Youtube video in a direct effort to discredit and defame me personally, and attack the credibility of this newspaper.
In the opening minutes of the video, Andrews, in his official capacity as a Conecuh County Commissioner, directly lies claiming I, and this newspaper, supported a past effort to establish a controversial landfill near Repton, Alabama. His statements are completely untrue.
Hovind, and others in the video, then spend about 25 minutes in clownish attempts to attack this newspaper based mostly on the lie Andrews told, and to deflect the facts I presented in my July article.
What you will mostly read here is my reaction and response to Andrews and Hovind - along with some of the antics Andrews is constantly pulling as an elected official on the Conecuh County Commission.
On 28 January 2017 - I moved All Things Kent Hovind to this page - or most of it anyway - to help our visitors locate information they may be most interested in concerning Hovind and Commissioner Johnny Andrews.
I will update this page when necessary (hopefully never), but this consolidates most of the information concerning that adventure in one place.
On April 20, 2017 A Major Battle
Between A Former Member
1 June 2017
Okay, this video onslaught has continued for several weeks now and a YouTube poster called "Whatever With Billy" has made several videos in support of Kent Hovind - and even visited the Lenox compound over Memorial Day weekend. While there, Billy participated in a Saturday night Hovind video to show his support.
Today Billy pulled his support of Hovind and removed all his previous Hovind videos.
On the morning of 2 June, Billy removed the video from public
Seven Count Indictment Against Chris Jones
INFORMATION (DA CASE# 07F02468) OC
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF ORANGE COUNTY hereby
accuses the aforenamed defendant(s) of violating the law at and within the
County of Orange as follows:
TONY RACKAUCKAS, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Deputy District Attorney
On 3 June Billy Re-posted His Video To Public View
Editor's Note: In this video, Billy references a report of an attempted child abduction at the compound last year. I gathered information when this report took place. As I understand it, the child's report stands, however there was reportedly no evidence to indicate an actual abduction took place. Only the child's report that a man attempted to pull him off into the woods. I was told no one reportedly witnessed it, and no evidence of an intruder was found. The family reportedly left the compound soon after this "incident." At the time I saw no reason to pursue the report as an article for this newspaper.
For more information concerning Hovind and Chris Jones, visit our Opinion Page
I Present The Infamous District 3
Our Response To the Video In Our November 2016 Issue
Greetings From The Publisher
The printed response to the video is rather lengthy and contains sidebar information, such as some of the Hate Mail we've received, and includes pictures and graphics that would take up a lot of space on this website, so I've set up extra server space so that you can download a digital copy of the newspaper itself instead of trying to post it here. Because of the way it's set up, it might take you a minute or two to figure out how to navigate the pages to follow the article. This is the way I have to set it up for publication - so no choice in how it looks. But I believe this is the best way to present it to our readers.
The easiest way to follow along is to type the Page Number in the search/find bar once Adobe launches.
click to download
From 7 July 16 Here's the article that started it all
*UPDATE 12/17/16 - Some of the hyperlinks contained in this article are no longer active. Since published last July, Hovind has removed, moved or deleted several videos and websites associated with this article.
Dr. Dino Lands In Lenox
Opinion By: Jim Allen
LENOX, ALABAMA-I've been putting this off, but I guess it's time I wrote something about Kent Hovind, aka “Dr. Dino” and his recent arrival in Conecuh County.
Having never heard of this gentleman before, I've now spent about two months researching Hovind and his group of Creation Science Evangelists, along with several of his ardent detractors – and his devout followers.
They are an interesting group of individuals.
Quite frankly, “the Hovind Effect” is so strange and bizarre, I don't know where to start. Although this might read like a National Inquirer exposé, it's not. Unfortunately, everything you're about to read is Public Information, most of it widely available across the Internet for everyone to see. You just have to look.
I'm using the term (Hovind Effect) to describe and include all of the many circumstances both positive and negative, the beliefs, the drama, the infighting, the clashes between opposing points of view, and the zeal of the people who both surround and oppose Kent Hovind and his beliefs. I use it to describe the whole package - with all it's ramifications and consequences.
In my view, Kent Hovind is certainly entitled to his own views on religion and government. He is highly intelligent, charismatic, and presents his beliefs in a way many can follow. He comes off as a likable guy. He's what we used to call a personality.
However, just because he convincingly states his views, doesn't mean everyone accepts his message.
Hovind is highly controversial and brings a train load of baggage with him to Conecuh County.
For those who aren't familiar with Kent Hovind, he's a fundamentalist Christian evangelist who believes in the literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis and the creation of the Earth.
He believes the Earth is only some 6,000 years old, that dinosaurs and Mankind walked the Earth at the same time, and that dinosaurs were part of the animal kingdom saved by Noah on the Ark.
He claims evolution is a religion, and Darwinism led to the creation of Communism, Socialism, Nazism, liberalism, and the New Age Movement.
Hovind often paints himself a martyr, prosecuted and persecuted for his religious and political beliefs, and not for any wrongful actions he might have made against government authority that may have made him a target for prosecution. In all instances, he proclaims his innocence.
Hovind has a dedicated group of followers from around the world who, on a daily basis, keep up with his every move. He has 54,000 reported subscribers to his Youtube channel and averages about 10,000 views on his daily videos. What's not clear is how many of those viewers are his “followers,” and how many are his “detractors,” of which he has many, some to the point of obsession.
The result is an almost daily Internet battle of opposing opinions and beliefs between competing websites and Youtube videos in a tit-for-tat drama that could best be compared to “Days Of Our Lives” on steroids.
There is also a faction of followers that vehemently defend and rigorously retaliate against anyone who disparages Hovind or openly disagrees with his teachings.
Some in this particular group embrace the Sovereign Citizen movement, a loose organization of individuals who claim full autonomy from our federal and state government. They also claim the judicial system has no authority over them as a group or as individuals.
This is the movement our federal government claims is just as likely as Islamic extremists to conduct domestic terrorism within the United States.
One trail of Hovind's most ardent supporters leads to the 2014 Cliven Bundy standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada, with the Bureau of Land Management; and the militia occupation earlier this year at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon led by two of Bundy's sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, where one militia member, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, was killed by federal authorities.
These supporters include Youtube personality Peter Santilli, who remains in jail as part of the Malheur occupation, and hardcore Conspiracy Theorists such as Alex Jones of INFOWARS, who rails about every Conspiracy Theory from UFOs to the New World Order.
In April, Hovind's group, Creation Science Evangelism Ministries, Inc., purchased the property formerly known as Pearl Lane Hangout. The property is approximately 127 acres in size and is located in the Lenox community in southern Conecuh County.
Since the purchase, a small group of individuals from across the United States have come to Conecuh County to help build housing suitable for several dozen people, and facilities that will reportedly be used as an operations center for Creation Science Evangelism Ministries.
Hovind apparently has an almost endless supply of books and DVDs for sale, and promotes them during his Youtube videos while repeatedly asking for volunteers and donations to, “help build the new Dinosaur Adventure Land.”
What is actually being built now is a compound to house and feed dozens of people, and a warehouse to store and ship Hovind's books and videos.
People need to understand that should Dinosaur Adventure Land ever be built, it would not be a “conventional amusement park,” like Six Flags or Disney World, but a large scale vehicle to promote Hovind's religious views – and it's construction and opening would be years down the road. Dinosaur Adventure Land is far from a reality, and presently, only a memory Hovind hopes to one day recreate.
How Hovind wound up in Conecuh County is a Soap Opera in itself.
He was released from federal prison last year having served most of a 10 year sentence from a 2007 conviction on a 58 count indictment that included charges for willful failure to collect, account for, and pay federal income taxes and FICA taxes in connection with the CSE operation, and 45 counts of “structuring” cash transactions just below the $10,000 limit that would require banks to report the transaction to federal authorities.
Hovind's former wife, Jo, was also convicted and spent a year in jail.
Hovind has had problems with the IRS dating back to the 1990s, reportedly owes the IRS $3.3 million in fines, penalties and back taxes, and in 1998 filed paperwork in Escambia County, Florida Circuit Court renouncing his United States citizenship and Social Security number stating he was "a natural citizen of 'America' and a natural sojourner..."
Both of these actions follow a Sovereign Citizen philosophy.
While in prison, Hovind's son, Eric, reportedly acquired most of his property to settle a $430,000 forfeiture claim by the IRS, which included parcels of the approximately five acre property in Pensacola where the original Dinosaur Adventure Land was located.
According to several accounts, upon his release from prison, Hovind returned to what had been his home in Pensacola only to be ostracized by his family. His wife filed for divorce, and he was provided a single room in his former home for which he had to pay rent to his son, who recently presented him with an eviction notice.
The eviction notice coincided with his move to Conecuh County.
In response to a claim by Hovind that his wife and son had conspired to take everything he owned and that they should be put under public pressure, his devout followers pounced on his son, Eric, in vicious attacks across the Internet.
Today that battle between father and son continues to be played out in public as they oppose each other over their Creation Science ministries.
After reading dozens of websites and watching hours of video concerning Hovind and his followers, I have to say I am a bit concerned about Dr. Dino's arrival in Conecuh County.
His followers are just that - his followers - who bask in his charisma and celebrity as a leader of the Young Earth creationist movement. Many have placed him on a protective pedestal and view him as a martyr – a role he himself often plays in his personal videos, while others are full of Nazi visualizations and anti-government propaganda.
Not surprisingly, he's even managed to get the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The concern is that at it's core, this “Hovind Effect” mixes fundamentalist Christianity with an anti-establishment message that appeals to the extreme from both sides of these issues, and calls them to rally to his side in order to obtain Salvation - and to fight the evils of Satan he sees in our society and our government. It also clearly embraces a Sovereign Citizen philosophy, and supports members of that movement who have run afoul of the law.
All the while, this package of odd circumstance that is the Hovind Effect, is camouflaged behind a marketing strategy promoted to the general public and the Christian community using the “kid friendly” cheerful smiles of innocent children on slides and swings, and plays upon their natural fascination of dinosaurs.
It's only when you dig a little deeper that things don't appear so kid friendly.
This conflict between these two opposing sides has already sent ripples across Conecuh and Monroe counties and has the potential to fester and continue to grow to the point it eventually effects the local community around Lenox, involves our local law enforcement, and our local government.
With the baggage Hovind brings, you can bet the federal government will also have Lenox – and Conecuh County - under a magnifying glass as they too watch every move he makes and everyone he makes contact with.
Odds appear high that somewhere down the line Hovind will once again butt heads with our federal government.
The ultimate question is will Lenox, Alabama become another Bunkerville, Nevada, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, or a Waco, Texas? Or nothing at all?
All of the ingredients are in place. Only time will tell.
* At press time this website was temporarily shut down by Facebook
That Facebook page has been replaced with this one: Hovind's detractors
2 December 16
Just to fill you in on the status of the website, you may have noticed the site didn't crash the end of November. For the past couple months, traffic to this website almost tripled. I'll gladly acknowledge that increase to the Andrews/Hovind confrontation, although I'm sure Hovind didn't cause the encounter to benefit me or this website. Maybe the increase is my reward for being victim to a couple of knuckleheads. Suffering through the BS has not been a picnic.
Anyway, the sudden increase in traffic sucked up our allotted bandwidth for the month and we got shut down the end of October until it renewed the first of November. We went from 3,000 visitors in July, to 4,700 in September, to 6,500 in October, to 7,600 in November. (It'd be cool to hit 9,000 in January. Tell your friends about us!)
That's a heck of a jump and we greatly appreciate all the new visitors. Welcome to Conecuh County, home of the often strange and usually weird. And I tend to write about it.
I have no way of tracking who comes here, only how many and a few other minor details. But I know a lot more local folks, and people from across the United States, have been dropping in to see what's going on, because I've heard from some of you.
Now, before Hovind takes a bunch of credit (like he's known to do) for increasing our web traffic, I feel obliged to point out that many people coming here may be Hovind followers, but they don't seem to be Hovind fans. These folks appear to follow this guy like following a drunk on the highway waiting for the crash.
I'm not trying to stir this controversy any further. Frankly I hope I'm done with Hovind - unless something happens that's actually newsworthy. But I also don't shy away from subjects or events that affect my life. Long-time readers know I often write about personal encounters in Life and business, because I figure that if it happens to me, surly it can happen to you too. So I often write about those experiences to give others a heads-up, or to let them know they aren't alone if something similar has happened to them, or to give them examples of what NOT to do.
So to the thousands of new people checking out our website, thanks for coming to see our little corner of the world. Conecuh County is unique in many ways. For such a middle-of-nowhere place, we seem to draw unusual events that sometimes garner state and national attention. That kind of stuff has been happening here since long before Hovind ever arrived. Stick with us for a while and you're liable to see some of it yourself.
P.S. Help us out and buy a digital subscription to the newspaper - or buy advertising space. Neither costs very much. We could certainly use your support.
1 November 16
The website kind of went down for a couple days due to heavy traffic. That's never happened before. I'm trying to adjust for the increase in traffic, so just bear with me. It will eventually level out - or the site will go down. That's just the way it is.
Should this increase become "normal," I'll eventually make arrangements to handle it. Until then, we'll play it as it goes.
Although I certainly appreciate this added attention, I didn't ask for it. All I did was write an article for the people of Conecuh County concerning the arrival of Kent Hovind. It was Kent Hovind and Johnny Andrews that blew things way out of proportion with their stupid Youtube video - and now the Hovind Effect has indeed come to Conecuh County - and Hovind and his people are dragging our politicians and businessmen into the fray who I'm sure don't want to be implicated - or perhaps exposed - through Hovind's shenanigans.
They can thank Kent Hovind, Johnny Andrews and Debra Henderson for what the people of this county are about to read.
25 October 16
You know, since all this mess started I've watched dozens of Hovind's videos, heard endless sales pitches, repetitive tired jokes, "the fish was how far away from the boat?" "The eyes are above the nose!" "Left-handed hammers." And he seems to push every Conspiracy Theory out there. (I wonder if he's heard about Project Blue Beam? He'd love that one.)
If people really want to know what's happening in this reality, they should be listening to people like this guy. And if you want true Christian religion and Bible prophesy, check out the video below of Herbert W. Armstrong.
22 October 16
Thanks to Kent Hovind and Johnny Andrews, we now find ourselves fully immersed in the Hovind Effect I originally warned you about - this battle between those who vehemently hate Hovind and those who fanatically follow him. Because of the video they produced denouncing me and this newspaper, both myself and Conecuh County have now become a part of Hovind History - yet more victims of the Hovind Effect itself.
Unfortunately, there will be more.
I find this video disturbing. Both by the subject matter, and by the fact that Hovind's attack on me and this newspaper are featured in it's presentation. I find no joy in this - no pride - only sadness that because of Hovind and Andrews, we have been drawn into something we have little or no control over.
By making their totally bogus and fake attack video, they have opened a Pandora's Box that can and obviously will be exploited to show Hovind and our community in a negative light for years to come.
You will not like this video. You have been warned.
12 October 16
Our readers may also be interested in this attack by Deborah Henderson, one of Hovind's followers, on the TOPIX.com website.
(I can't help but notice post #7.)
And this follow-up article by R.L Baty: Deborah Henderson – Shaking things up in Conecuh County!
All yet more examples of the Hovind Effect I wrote about. A clash between those who vehemently support Hovind - and those who oppose him.
By writing the article, providing a true history of Hovind's past, and pointing out this battle between opposing forces to our readers (what the article was actually about), I became the target of Hovind's anger.
You've seen the response. Part of it anyway. I still have a collection of hate mail and emails - and some of our advertisers were harassed.
What's going to happen should someone in Lenox directly opposes them? Will John Q. Citizen be able to withstand the attacks by Hovind, his people, and local politicians who condone and participate in this type of behavior?
The point of my article (which took neither side) was that now this battle has been brought to Conecuh County.
And that is highly unfortunate.
23 September 16
Since we're on the subject of religion - which I've always tried to discuss sparingly, I went back and found this video.
This is the man who, decades ago, first got my attention. Notice he doesn't beg for money. And yes, I received his magazines and many of his free books.
Meet Herbert W. Armstrong
20 September 16
Since Commissioner Johnny Andrews and Kent Hovind basically declared war on this newspaper, I'm finding myself pulled deeper and deeper into the Hovind Effect - although that was never my intent.
Although I knew before ever writing my July article that I could get stuck in Hovind's world because I dared write anything at all, I believed it necessary to inform the people of this county about Hovind's real background.
No one else was going to.
I had my fingers crossed for a "one and done," but Johnny Andrews and Hovind have made that impossible. Now, as you can see below with Peter Reilly's articles, news of Conecuh County's "business" is going national on Forbes.com for a business audience to see.
Thank you, Johnny Andrews.
Since the infamous video, Hovind has turned his own world upside-down by announcing his upcoming wedding in Lenox this weekend.
Having recently been divorced himself, Hovind plans to marry a divorced woman, and his followers are in revolt accusing him of adultery.
Hovind has even gone so far as to order his people to delete negative comments below his videos.
I have no comment on Hovind's upcoming marriage, but I do find it of keen interest. My focus centers around his attacks on this newspaper - and his ability - or lack there of - to continue generating funds by begging for donations and free labor at his compound in Lenox.
He even asked for donations in his wedding announcement video - and claimed "he" had built a wedding gazebo at the Lenox property for the occasion.
I don't suppose any of that free labor had anything to do with it. And I thought the donations were going towards Dinosaur Adventure Land?
PS: Now they even have me getting snarky.
10 September 16
I've been a bit
preoccupied the past couple weeks.
I've always said God gave me this newspaper. But people from around here know that.
entertainment, check out these articles by Peter Reilly, a CPA
who writes for Forbes.com
and this one on Forbes.com