Kent indicates that he wants his supporters to call out Eric and Jo, because public pressure might show them the error of their ways.
There is also a pretty tough facebook site called Eric Hovind Exposed. Ernie Land assured me that this stuff is not being coordinated by Kent.
Kent was unaware of who put up the facebook page on Eric. We now know who it is, but yesterday as I spent time with Kent at the new property, Kent had seen the site, but truly was surprised when it was revealed who built it. Kent has spoken to many about his inner feelings, but has not organized any attack. Kent truly feels the Government and his family have stolen from him. Kent did not want a divorce, and it has wrecked havoc on his emotions. I don’t understand why you are even giving notice to this. How does this fit your norm of subjects?I'll answer Ernie's question to me at later, but first I want to explain why I think Kent going public with this matter was not the smartest thing he ever did.
Kent's story is that he left his ministry Christian Science Evangelism to be watched over by Eric. Eric, out of fear that the government might seize CSE's assets transferred those assets to himself as president of God Quest, Eric's ministry, for $6,300. Kent says there was $2,000,000 worth of stuff and now he wants it back.
The reason it seems like going public with this is a bad idea is because it seems likely that the $3.3 million civil judgment for income taxes and penalties finally decided by the Tax Court in 2013 is till outstanding. The decision in the case of Jo Hovind, which covers the same ground, is more detailed in the description of what was going on. In an earlier decision, the Tax Court found.
The organizational structure petitioner established for the above activities, including petitioner’s purported religious ministry and theme park, apparently was based on various questionable trust documents purchased from Glenn Stoll, a known promoter of tax avoidance schemes.
The bottom line is that CSE is not recognized as an entity separate and apart from Kent and Jo Hovind. If God Quest had been parking Kent's assets till he got out of prison and God Quest now just says "OK, Kent, here is your stuff that we took title to so the Government could not seize it" - well - I,wouldn not want to be an officer of God Quest. I could turn to my brain trust to play a game of tax crime bingo with that, but they have wearied of me asking about Kent Hovind.
And unless Kent has magically settled that $3.3 million, IRS collections would just love to have a shot at going after God Quest's assets. I would think that while in prison they classified him currently not collectible, but now he is telling the world that there was $2 million worth of stuff parked somewhere for him, their interest might perk up.
To answer Ernie's question, that is the angle of the story that continues to intrigue me.
Dinosaur Adventureland Alabama
Frankly, listening to Kent has me enthusiastic about checking out the new Dinosaur Adventureland. It sounds to me like it is going to be a great deal of fun. Apparently Kents rapport with children is quite real. He brags that he has the gift for explaining things at a fourth-grade level. That might account for his political philosophy which seems to boil down to "You're not the boss of me".
Bob Baty Weighs In
Bob Baty sent me a guest post, which I decided not to run. He ran it on his facebook site. Bob's facebook site is very thorough, but sometimes includes things that are speculative. He has a large number of outstanding debate challenges.
On my dedicated Kent Hovind FaceBook page where I try to cover and comment on the Hovind cases I have an outstanding challenge for Kent to come out to discuss the details of his legal narrative which I claim are false, or for him to send out his Champion to face me.
I'm still waiting, and over the course of time have presented 50 propositions from which to choose at such time as Kent or his Champion decide to come out to me.Frankly I would not want to debate Kent Hovind. I interviewed him once and that was enough.
I do have to say that if it were considered a debate then according to Godwin's Law, I won.
Is This The End?
One of my blogging buddies has suggested I enter a 12 step program to help me withdraw from Hovindology. You may note that Hovind has dominated this blog of late, but that is just because any other tax matters I have wanted to write about I have found forbes-worthy. This hasn't quite worked its way up to that and I sincerely hope it does not. I hope Eric and Kent sort things out discretely and the new Dinosaur Adventureland arises in Lenox.
Peter J Reilly CPA has been following the Kent Hovind chronicles since 2012