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Kent Hovind

Kent HovindAKA Kent E. Hovind

Born: 15-Jan-1953
Birthplace: Pensacola, FL

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Religion, Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Creation Science evangelist

Kent Hovind is an evangelist, tax protester, and a leader among "Young Earth activists" who dispute and largely misunderstand the theory of evolution. In the spirit of James Randi, Hovind offers a running $250,000 prize for anyone able to "Prove beyond reasonable doubt that the process of evolution is the only possible way the observed phenomena could have come into existence". His scientific credentials are nil — an MA and PhD in Christian Education from Patriot Bible University, a correspondence school widely considered to be a Christian diploma mill. He is a close associate of cartoonist Jack Chick, and helped edit several of Chick's anti-evolution tracts, including Big Daddy, In the Beginning, and Primal Man?.

He operated a tiny theme park in Pensacola, Florida, called Dinosaur Adventure Land, which purported to be "where dinosaurs and the Bible meet" and was advertised with the motto, "Evolution: What a Dumb Idea!" He has been convicted on local charges regarding years of refusal to operate his business under zoning ordinances, and on dozens of federal charges related to tax evasion and criminal business conduct, including transactions intentionally structured to avoid reporting requirements. Dinosaur Adventure Land was seized and closed in 2009, though Hovind's supporters hope to re-open the park when he is released from a federal prison in Atlanta, where he has been serving a ten-year prison sentence since 2007.

[1] More accurately described as "Independent Fundamentalist Baptist".

Wife: Jo Delia Hovind (m. 14-Jul-1973)
Daughter: Marlissa Jewell (b. 29-Jun-1979)
Son: Eric Hovind (b. 5-Jun-1978)
Son: Kent Andrew Hovind (b. 25-May-1977)

    High School: East Peoria High School, East Peoria, IL (1971)
Illinois Central College (1972, dropped out)
    Theological: BA Religious Education, Midwestern Baptist College (1974)
    Theological: MA Christian Education, Patriot Bible University (1988)
    Theological: PhD Christian Education, Patriot Bible University (1991)

    Bankruptcy 1996 (rejected by bankruptcy court)
    Renounced US Citizenship 1996
    Assault and Battery Escambia County, FL 15-Aug-2002, charges dropped
    Burglary Escambia County, FL 15-Aug-2002, charges dropped
    Tax Evasion 13-Jul-2006, convicted 2007 on 57 assorted counts
    Evolution Skeptics

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Author of books:
Claws, Jaws, and Dinosaurs (1999)
Are You Being Brainwashed?: Propaganda in Science Textbooks (2004)

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