Kent Hovind seeks partial acquittal
Well, he's back in the news. Kent tried to get acquittal on the charges that he was trying to avoid the bank reporting laws on deposits less than $10,000. Federal law requires banks to report such withdrawals or deposits greater than $10,000. Yes, sure Kent, we know you weren't aware of the limit when you made deposits/withdrawals consistently just under the limit. His wife Jo's sentencing has been delayed pending the judges decision. From the newspaper:
Kent and Jo Hovind were back in federal court this week seeking acquittal on charges of bank structuring.__________________________________________________________________
The couple's attorneys argued there was no intent to defraud the government by making large deposits just under the $10,000 threshold that triggers bank-reporting requirements.
In November, Kent Hovind, a Pensacola creationist who owns Dinosaur Adventure Land on North Palafox Street, was found guilty of 58 federal charges, including failure to pay $845,000 in employee-related taxes.
Jo Hovind was convicted of 44 of the counts that involved the bank reporting requirements.
In January, Kent Hovind was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
He remains in the Escambia County Jail awaiting transfer.
A date for Jo Hovind's sentencing has been delayed pending a ruling by U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers on the request for acquittal on the bank structuring conviction.
No date has been set for her ruling.
Meanwhile, over on the West Coast where evolution is part of a textbook battle led by religious zealot Ron Mathews, I read an excellent editorial on the topic by Richard Larsen. The opening statement was perfect:
When an elected official bases public-policy decisions on his personal religious beliefs, he snubs the people he supposedly serves. When an elected board acquiesces to this official, it abdicates not merely its governance functions, but its moral duty to the voting public.To continue reading click. The rest of the article is a bit fuzzy in its explanation of theories, hypotheses and laws, but overall the first few paragraphs captured the essence of the message.
Both concepts lie at the heart of a Ventura County Board of Education flap over a science textbook's treatment of the theory of evolution. Area 5 trustee Ron Matthews, who represents a good chunk of Oxnard and areas adjacent to it, objects to "Focus on California's Life Science" because it teaches the theory of evolution as fact.
Pity the poor parents who send their child to school only to learn the child has actually been taught facts. No wonder this nation's education system has faltered in recent years: Educators have been teaching facts as fact.
And finally from the West coast, we learn that Kirk Cameron's (Growing Pains cum evangelist) little sister Candace Cameron Bure (Full House cum evangelist) is following in her brothers footsteps and getting inspiration from Banana man cum evangelist Ray Comfort. Here's Candace's bio:
You know Candace Cameron Bure best as the lovable sister D.J. Tanner on ABC's hit sitcom Full House. Acting since the age of five, Candace has grown up in front of the camera working on numerous television commercials, films, primetime hits and critically acclaimed made for T.V. movies. Candace's testimony includes coming to the Lord at age 12, but not having a spiritual awakening until several years later. At that time, she began a self-imposed hiatus from acting to stay at home and raise her three children with husband, NHL star, Valeri Bure. Married for 10 years, Candace shares how learning to be the wife God intended ultimately brought her husband to the Lord and changed her good marriage to a God centered, purpose-filled one. Her passions include sharing the importance of being the wife God created her to be as well as presenting the gospel message in the same way that changed her walk with the Lord forever. It's been said, "Everywhere Candace goes it's as if a huge light is shining all around her. She brightens every room and every life she enters. No matter how down or discouraged a person might be before she arrives, they'll be lifted up and feeling the love only Jesus can bring in a person surrendered to Him."
Candace Would be an ideal speaker for:
-Events for young wives and mothers
Candace has been greatly influenced by the ministry of her brother Kirk Cameron and her friend Ray Comfort. Candace has joined Kirk and Ray in their cause to teach and proclaim the need to return to Biblical evangelism and to reject the man-centered evangelism strategies that are producing false-converts. You will be encouraged, inspired and equipped as you hear the testimony and keynote presentation of Candace.