Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hovindology Update

The latest news in the Hovindology/Hovindicator world is rumors of Kent Hovind's divorce from Mary Tocco.  My view is that Hovindologists should pretty much leave the issue alone. 

A bit of background for readers unfamiliar with Kent Hovind, which regulars can skip.

About Doctor Dino

Kent Hovind is an Independent Baptist minister.  A hyper literal reading of the King James version of the bible makes him a young earth creationist - i.e. the universe is roughly six thousand years old.  Kent believes that real science supports that view.  Among the implications of YEC is that people and dinosaurs must have coexisted. 

He created a kind of theme park in Pensacola to teach this doctrine.  He got into a lot of trouble with the IRS which is why I ended up following him starting over five years ago on  . The best summary I have written of that is probably The Trials of Kent Hovind - An American Tragedy.  I declared an end to Kent Hovind as a Forbes worthy tax story over two years ago.

The purpose of this blog - Your Tax Matter Partner - is to follow tax stories that I deem not Forbes worthy. As it happens I have not been able to put much time into other stories that are not Forbes worthy, which accounts for this blog being close to All Kent Hovind All The Time.

Why The Mary Tocco Marriage Divorce Should Be Of No Interest

I appreciate why King James Only former Hovindicators who believe that marriage after divorce is sinful,  (George Lujack for example) were apoplectic about the marriage and are now experiencing  schadenfreude, but the atheists, agnostics, more liberal Christians, etc.among the Hovindologists should consider the matter as evidence of Kent being a regular guy in some regards and not pay it any mind.

Here is my theory on why the purported divorce is altogether unremarkable.

Having spent a lot of time listening to Kent Hovind, I formed the following conclusion.  He strongly and sincerely believes that sexual intercourse outside of marriage is morally wrong.  It has only come up in passing but he has mentioned that self help in that regard is not, as Catholics teach, sinful, which does make things a little easier.

Also listening to him, I would say his interest in sex is probably somewhat above average, but within the range of normal for a heterosexual male.

By his account he was welcomed home by his wife by being told that he had a different bedroom than she did.  I took this as a euphemism for "no nookie". He then got into a heated public dispute with his wife and son about property and she initiated a divorce.

If Kent had more conventional contemporary views, the logical thing to do would have been to sign up with or  When asked by the algorithm generator whether he thought that sex was a normal part of dating he could answer yes.

Instead he fell in love with the most attractive woman in his conspiracy bubble and was strongly motivated to marry her quickly.  That he had not had sex in ten years was probably a big factor.

Mary Tocco seems like a strong independent woman who is probably not really a good long term match for Kent Hovind's patriarchal views.

The answer to the "Can this marriage be saved?" question in this case is pretty obvious.

Kent's Silence On The Matter

Kent's lack of comment on the matter is an indication of one his rare flashes of good sense. 

Perhaps he learned something from going so public with his family disputes. A divorce after a long separation is altogether unremarkable.  It is not just prison terms.  It is also a problem with military couples.  So he could have just said that it was a private matter if it ever came up instead of getting the Hovindicators stirred up.

A more cynical view might be that publicly attacking Mary Tocco is probably more fraught with peril than publicly attacking Jo Hovind, who would not fight back in the public square.

Something That Really Should Be Of Interest 

There has been a very valuable and fascinating addition to the ranks of the Hovindologists. Jacquelyn Weaver critiques things like the Sovereign Citizen movement from a Christian perspective. She recently wrote - Robert Baty, Retired IRS Appeals Officer And Christian Seeks To Break The Code Of Silence Protecting Kent Hovind's False Legal Narrative
My first encounter with the tax protest/sovereign citizen world was over twenty years ago with someone I thought of as a friend who had drunk deeply of the Kool-Aid.  He ended up in a lot of trouble himself and the fallout harmed his family and also me to an extent. At the time I thought that it would make sense to reach out to evangelicals for help, since they seemed to have more than their share of this particular form of mishegas. I thought that the common ground of scriptural inerrancy would help.  No luck.

Jacquelyn Weaver embodies what I was looking for.  I have had a bit on an exchange with her.  She is roughly in my age bracket and Kent's.  She became a follower of Jesus when she was 9 or 10 attending a Presbyterian church, but she had to contend with a Unitarian father who tried to shake her of it.

I asked her her views on a few of the topics and here is some of what she shared with me.

Church Tax Issues

 After viewing the disgraces of many of those who have been afforded these great tax privileges, I would like to see all nonprofits, whether churches or corporations or any other legal entity done away with.  Perhaps at some time in the past, these tax benefits were of great help to those of little means who were doing good works which benefited our nation. But over time every con artist for miles around has coveted the benefit of appearing righteous by being a pastor or head of a charity, and gaining tax privileges not afforded the average citizen. I believe it is time to get rid of all 501(c) (3)’s and similar do-gooder tax shelters. Let those who are real charities show forth their true value.  Let churches show forth the light of God through their individual members, and not through their impressive buildings and showy productions on TV, videos, etc.

King James my personal Bible study I only use a King James Authorized Version of the Bible.  However, I am not part of any group who is labeled KING JAMES ONLY.  While I probably walk in agreement in most respects with those who are associated with a KING JAMES ONLY position, the unfortunate reality is that almost all groups that promote a position end up having beliefs added on that do not reflect my thinking. This does not nullify their primary arguments; however it means that one always has to approach these issues with an impartiality that can objectively weigh the evidence presented.
Years ago I got into an “argument” with my father, who was an atheist/agnostic who also later became a Unitarian, about the multitude of Bible translations. His argument was that the Bible is from man and not God, otherwise why so many translations that contradicted each other.  Well, that is a fair question, even if I consider that his answer to his own question is tainted with prejudice.  My father always said that he was the Devil’s Advocate, and he was indeed quite a good one.  As a Christian, I think it only fair to seriously consider if another person’s viewpoint has any merits, and so I studied the Bible translation issue in depth.
... I began to study in earnest the Christian faith, and of course the questions arise, what church denomination, which Bible translation?  This was in the days before the internet and I was living in a small Texas town without many resources, so I began looking up note references found at the end of Christian books I saw, and I started writing the publishers, trying to get some answers.
 One day after proceeding in this search, I found the address for Dr. Peter S. Ruckman’s bookstore, and discovered that he had a wealth of knowledge on the manuscript evidence for the King James Bible, as well as the modern translations.  I spent two years doing my own collating of English translations, and came to the personal conclusion that God had preserved his word as described in Psalm 12,  in the English language through the King James Bible
Young Earth Creationism
I am a Creationist, but I do not believe in Young Earth Creationism because I believe it misreads Genesis 1:1-2, which declares In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
G. H. Pember has argued in his Earth’s Earliest Ages (1876) that the Hebrew words show that essentially God had created the heaven and the earth, and that subsequent to that there was some sort of ruin or destruction of the earth, which God then had to recreate in order to make this planet habitable for mankind and animals and plant life.  If you consider that the Bible are the words of God, and He created the material Universe as evidence of his handiwork, then it follows that what we see around us is a material record which we can examine as a secondary witness to the Scriptures.
Therefore in the debate between the Biblical record and the Evolutionary theories, there ought to be a scientifically verifiable way of approaching this material evidence.  The reason why these so called debates become so absurd is that it is difficult for the ordinary person to sift through all of the so-called proofs on either side in order to know if the evidence has been mishandled or falsified. That is the primary reason I do not engage in such debates, as first I would want to gain a personal acquaintance with such “evidence” and that takes a great deal of time and commitment if one is truly sincere.
The so called debaters of Creation/Evolution on both sides must share the responsibility for contributing to the inability of modern man to look at the Universe in wonder, and to desire to know what the real truth is behind our marvelous earth, the stars and the heavens, and to wonder why we are in a fallen state, in the first place. I stay away from such debates because they do not build up real knowledge, but rather bring us all down into some kind of ditch which is getting muddier each time these debaters open their mouths. It is a shame, because this is a fascinating aspect of life to contemplate.
Rudy Davis et. al.
I do not know much about Rudy Davis except he is from Texas,  is a plumber [Actually Rudy is a systems engineer recently laid off by Cisco PJR], likes to produce videos,   and is a supporter of Kent Hovind, the Bundy’s and other men with a proven lack of integrity.  I have lived in 6 locations in Texas from 1983-2011, beginning in Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Seguin, the Denton area, and ending in Lampasas. I now live in Mississippi.  This has afforded me the chance to visit many Texas/ Deep South churches of different denominations, and to discover what types of individuals are attracted to different congregations.
I am familiar with the type of man which Rudy Davis represents. If you find sincerity in Rudy Davis you are probably dealing with the side of him that has retained something of his individuality.  Yet if you look at his causes which he promotes, and the inherent skewed criminal type thinking and propaganda based orientation which is represented, you are looking at a brainwashed man. Looking at the bare facts of Kent Hovind would not lead the average person to believe that he is a noble cause. To me, Rudy Davis looks like a man who would like to stand out in his masculinity as someone who has noble ideals.
If the day ever comes, when genuine martial law and the Mark of the Beast become the major means of sorting persons out, then we will know the truth about Rudy Davis.  In fact we will know the truth of us all.  In the meantime, he seems to be an unrepentant upholder of the sanctity of Religious Con Artists, particularly those who have made their home in the IFB churches.

There is a lot of good sense there in my opinion.  It happens that I really like Rudy and think he is very sincere, while at the same time thinking much that he believes is preposterous.

And From Rudy

Given the dwindling ranks of Hovindicators, I thought it would be a good time to check in with Rudy.  I have not even been watching his videos of late.  He did one in September about his separation from Cisco, which you can find if you are interested.

I asked him if he still felt the same way about Kent and he responded.
There is no change in our view and support of Kent Hovind. Erin and I have been consumed with our small Christian prison ministry so we don't have the time or inclination to keep up with all the online drama that seems to follow Kent Hovind. In regards to any additional problems that he may be going through, he has our prayers and support.  I will also say that our involvement in advocating for Dr. Hovind's innocence as well as other political prisoners has been an eye-opening education on human nature for both Erin and I. 
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  1. Rudy Davis is reported as writing to Peter J. Reilly:

    (Begin quote.)

    I will also say that our involvement in
    advocating for Dr. Hovind's innocence
    as well as other political prisoners has
    been an eye-opening education on human
    nature for both Erin and I.

    (End quote.)

    Rudy and Erin know or should know that Kent Hovind was guilty as charged in 2006. He has refused to openly and honestly and publicly deal with those matters; particularly Kent Hovind's "structuring" claim that anchors his false legal narrative.




    Rudy and I have a history, and, Peter, I don't give him credit for sincerity as you do.

    Rudy Davis can't handle the truth about Kent Hovind's guilt.


  2. Just so happens that Rudy is on a rampage today over his treatment by YouTube!

    Poor Rudy!



  3. And Rudy Davis has followed his rant about YouTube
    with a thank you note to the SPLC for including him
    as a "hater" along with Gavin Seim.



  4. Thanks for the heads-up on Rudy's Cisco video -- I've seen a lot of Rudy's output over the years, but somehow missed that one.

    I can understand why you might have a soft spot for Rudy, given the obvious dedication to his cause, but really, as that Cisco video clearly demonstrates, his continuing hatred for President Obama is insane and his views on the LGBTQ community are thoroughly vile. He really does not deserve your consideration.

    Even his prison ministry, which would seem, at worst, pretty harmless, and at best a valuable service to forgotten inmates, is tainted by the fact he has absolutely no discernment when it comes to taking up the causes of those he champions, choosing to believe everything they say just because they express religious and political views that closely align with his.

    The real facts of many of these cases are not really in dispute, with ample evidence for the crimes the inmates were convicted of, yet Rudy blindly believes his charges and continues to incite hatred for any official involved.

    Reform of the criminal justice system in America is badly needed, but the likes of Rudy Davis are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    1. Mark,

      I appreciate your commentary.

      One of Rudy Davis' "dirty little secrets", in my opinion, is how he, Kent Hovind, and Paul John Hansen helped put Shawn Stuller away for 20 years.

      Kent & Paul teamed up with Shawn when they were all together in the Santa Rosa County jail back in 2015 and Kent and Rudy made Shawn Kent's #1 prison convert.

      Kent and Paul got Shawn to using sovcit tactics instead of doing what he usually did (i.e., make a plea deal to avoid any hard time).

      Rudy regularly, almost daily, featured YouTube videos of Shawn.

      Rudy, Kent & Paul, in my opinion, need to step up and take responsibility for their role in getting Shawn put away for 20 years, and then repent and bring forth their works meet for such repentance, but I am thinking that just ain't going to happen.

      Instead, Kent, Paul and Rudy appear to have written Shawn off and moved on, free men all while Shawn continues to serve his 20 years with no one taking notice anymore (that I know of).

    2. I agree with you 100% about Shawn Stuller. If not for Hovind and Hansen, Stuller would have almost certainly accepted a plea bargain for around 4-5 years, I believe it was.

      I would blame Hovind and Hansen more than Davis, though. Rudy has never involved himself with legal strategies, sovcit or otherwise, and while Rudy may have been a factor in that he facilitated Stuller's access to a sympathetic audience via his YouTube channel, as he did for Hovind and Hansen, it's quite possible Stuller's friendship with the other two would have been enough on its own to reject the prosecution's offer.

      Something happened a few months ago that caused Rudy to cool on Stuller, but to be fair, he still does talk to him from time to time, and has posted a couple of his letters/phone calls recently. I also don't doubt that Rudy doesn't even realize what Hansen and Hovind did to screw up Shawn Stuller's life, and would blame the government anyway, even if confronted with the truth.

    3. Thanks Mike for that analysis.

      Rudy may, indeed, be willfully ignorant about such matters, but I don't give him a pass due to his role in promoting Shawn, Paul, and Kent while in jail together, with Shawn being very much a star.

      It is interesting that Rudy has again featured Shawn in some broadcasts. That may be related to Shawn having come up with a skilled attorney who has filed to have his case reconsidered based on "ineffectiveness of counsel".

      I suppose that his mysterious "Massachusetts Momma", Barbara Bryson, who Rudy and Shawn indicated was still involved, is behind financing that; either personally or via some SJW type organization.

      Barbara Bryson hails from Massachusetts.
      Peter J. Reilly hails from Massachusetts.

      Maybe there is a connection.
      Maybe not.

      Maybe in the course of the proceedings now under way the Hovind-Hansen connection will be presented for consideration, but that was not brought up in Shawn's petition.

      I have a copy of Shawn's motion posted on my Hovind FaceBook page in the thread at:


  5. Kent Hovind - Still Lying About His Legal Problems!



  6. Kent Hovind - Still On The Run 12/18/2017!

    Cowardly Kent Hovind.

    Kent Hovind likes to talk about me and lie about his legal problems.

    Kent Hovind still refuses to come out, come clean and talk with me.

    Outstanding Challenge To Kent Hovind in 68 Propositions:

    Kent Hovind December 18, 2017 Broadcast:



    Transcription Beginning About The 12:15 Mark:


    (Begin Quote)


    I get accused of not paying some tax.


    I pay every tax I owe, always have.


    I’m not a tax protester.


    I think everybody, if you owe a tax,

    you pay it.


    But once that rumor gets going around,

    It’ll probably by a stigma the rest of my



    And it’s not true.




    – Kent Hovind

    – Broadcast December 18, 2017


    (End Quote)


    Transcription Beginning About The 13:15 Mark:


    (Begin quote.)


    There’s a former IRS agent they brought out of

    retirement just to hassle me.


    Writes all kind of nasty stuff on the Internet

    just about me.


    It’s a full time job.




    You know who I’m talking about Lady Di!


    – Kent Hovind

    – Broadcast December 18, 2017


    (End quote.)