Here is some rare good news. In the past we have covered the case of Kent Hovind. Briefly, Hovind is already in jail on tax and financial charges, including the ridiculous charge of “structuring.”* He was being tried a second time on some new charges. He may or may not be technically guilty of some crime, it’s too esoteric to dig into, but the charges against him are gratuitous as is the potential penalty. The Feds should have better things to do than go after harmless thought criminals like Kent Hovind.
In the initial second trial, Hovind was found guilty on some contempt of court charges but the jury hung (reportedly 11-1) on the other charges. This was the new trial on the unresolved charges. The link above covers the details pretty well. It is from Forbes and the author is clearly skeptical of Hovind and his claims, but I thought it covered the facts of the case well. The charges were dismissed “without prejudice,” so the Feds can refile them later if they want to.
In this case I’m rooting for Hovind not because I understand all the technical legal issues involved, but because of the overall picture. Whatever Kent Hovind may or may not be, he isn’t just a deadbeat who wanted to avoid taxes because he is greedy. He appears to sincerely believe that he didn’t owe any taxes because he believed he was running a ministry. People like Hovind do not belong in jail. He is not a menace to society and jailing him and a full bore prosecution is a massive waste of taxpayer resources.
*”Structuring” is when you deposit or move money in smaller than reportable amounts so as to avoid reporting. In other words, common sense. If I had that kind of money to move around, I would be tempted to move it in less than reportable amounts just to stick a thumb in the eye of the nosy busybody Feds who don’t need to know what I do with my money if I’m not committing a crime. Structuring is one of those “crimes” that isn’t really in and of itself a crime, but is something that can be used to facilitate or hide a crime. There shouldn’t be any crimes that aren’t really crimes unless they are actually pre-crime or post-crime (a way to conceptualize them) that facilitate real crimes such as embezzlement, and not wanting the Feds to know your business if you haven’t committed a crime is not a crime.
In honor of the day, here is some retro 1970’s CCM, “Rise Again” by Dallas Holm. Happy Easter!
Hollywood has bestowed on Kirk Cameron several Razzies. I didn’t see “Saving Christmas,” but I have no doubt that these awards were given to Cameron not because of his poor film making or acting but because of his Faith.
Hey US flag wavers, here’s what your waving the flag for – abortion on demand, gay marriage, and a $94.4 opening for Fifty Shades of Grey. It opened huge despite the fact that it is getting hammered on IMDB. It’s got a 4.0 rating so far.
This doesn’t say much about the moral state of America. The only bright side is that feminists don’t like the movie, and it’s success actually confirms some manosphere beliefs. But it’s success is a net loser from a cultural standpoint.
I don’t agree with some of the first part of this with its implied interventionism. The position of the US on matters in the Middle East should be disengagement and neutrality. But otherwise Shapiro is correct, and since he is a Jew he can’t be faulted for saying it. American Jews are largely secular and their Jewishness is primarily an ethnic identity rather than a religion. As a Christian, I think all Jews need to convert to Christianity and find their true Messiah, but barring that, Jews need a religious revival the same way the fast fading Christian culture in this country does. Long term trends have this country on a rather fast highway to Hell.
Please do not muck up the comment thread with Jew bashing. We need to pray for the souls of Jewish people the same way we pray for the souls of Hindus, pagans, atheists, etc.
Congrats to the Crow Nation. According to the article, they are Pentecostals who support Israel, but we’ll take what we can get for now.
Would it make me a bad Southerner to root for New England? I realize that since the Revolution and their lapse into Unitarian apostasy, New England has pretty much been the fount of all badness in this Republic, but it’s not like Seattle is any less Godless or liberal at this point, primarily because it is populated by transplanted Yankees. I just don’t get all the Brady hate, and the contrarian in me wants to root for Brady just to spite the haters.
Well, this is unfortunate news.
Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns — as long as those measures safeguard religious freedom.
I am not a fan of the Mormon Church. It is a blatantly heretical deviation from the historic Christian faith. I do not concede that they are just another sect of Christianity. They deviate from Christian orthodoxy in too many ways to mention. That said, it has generally been a force for cultural conservatism. It’s sad to see them throwing in the towel. The idea that you can ban discrimination and still protect religious conscious is foolish.
I believe the 501(c)3 issue is a very important one. I hope this goes well.
Yesterday was Sanctity of Life Sunday. Did your church acknowledge it? Sorry that I didn’t mention it yesterday. Sanctity of Life Sunday is always the Sunday before (or closest to?) the anniversary of Infanticidal Mother vs. Wade, which is 22 Feb.
I kinda like Infanticidal Mother vs. Wade. I just thought of it. I think we should try to make it a thing, a meme as the young whippersnappers say.