_____________________________________________________________________________I met Bob Baty thanks to my coverage of the fight over the dubious constitutionality of Code Section 107 the parsonage exclusion. He became my most constant commenter and I dubbed him "bane of the basketball minister".Then in 2012, there was the Tax Court decision in the case of Jo Hovind. This was my entry into the world of Hovindology, the study of the trials and tribulations of independent Baptist minister and young earth creationist Kent Hovind, who spent nearly a decade behind bars on tax related charges and was tried on new charges in 2015. Bob has devoted much effort to exposing what he calls Hovind's false legal narrative.Bob Baty is a retired IRS agent who spends a lot of time tending to a few internet sites. Hovindicators - the supporters of Kent Hovind's narrative - tend to believe he is a paid government agent. I don't think so.At any rate, Bob has been intensely following another controversy that has connections, however tenuous to Hovindology. Bob has been after me to cover the Baby Holm controversy, but I have resisted not wanting to dedicate the lifespan necessary to form an opinion. As an alternative I have invited him to do a guest post on the subject.This venue will be open to those with other opinions subject to fairly minimal standards of decorous communications.
It seems there is a nationwide movement, well organized and financed, that specializes in promoting an anti-government, anti-child welfare agenda; characterizing State custody claims as kidnappings and accusing child welfare agencies of baby selling and child trafficking, among other things.
It was October 10, 2016 when the baby was born, October 11, 2016 when the State of Alabama took custody. A required 72 hour hearing was held about 2 days later and the judge determined that the State should retain custody pending a resolution of the issues involving the parents ability to properly provide for the child.
Darkness had fallen over Cleburne County, AL as the parents were able to promote their side of the story and control the narrative. Due to the privacy which surrounds such cases and limits the State's ability to respond, the Cleburne County, Al child welfare agency (DHR), was taking it hard as the attacks upon it and the handling of the case were unrelenting; coming from the parents and those called in to help with promoting an anti-government, anti-child welfare agenda.
The parents use their personal FaceBook page and a FaceBook group to promote their narrative. Those pages can be found at:
A great noise, however, was heard in Cleburne County, AL around the middle of December 2016, and the light began to shine upon what has now become known as the False Holm Narrative.
(Note it is not until after the twenty six minute mark that Baby Holm comes up. I love to listen to Ernie Land and Rudy Davis, but it is an acquired taste not shared by everyone. PJR)