Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 3rd, 2006
Drawings of Mokele-mbembe by Bill Rebsamen, used with permission.
David Pescovitz over at Boing Boing has posted the final news from the trial of “Creationist Dr. Dino,” who is now on his way to jail:
Kent “Dr. Dino” Hovind, founder of Creation Science Evangelism and the Dinosaur Adventure Land creationist theme park in Florida (“where Dinosaurs and the Bible meet!”), and his wife face more than 200 years in jail for tax fraud.
Pescovitz gives links to a past discussion of the case [Please note the “LC” who left a comment there is not me] where it was pointed out that:
[Hovind has been] sparring with the IRS for at least 17 years on his claims that he is employed by God, receives no income, has no expenses and owns no property.
Then Boing Boing notes that on November 2, 2006:
Dr. Dino was found guilty on 58 counts, including not paying an $845,000 employee-related tax bill.
Boing Boing gives the links to an article in the Pensacola News Journal and to the Scientific American’s “15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense.”
While I may have several friends who probably call themselves “creationists,” I have found it necessary to keep some distance from the Creation Science Evangelism, due to the simple fact I consider evolution a fact. Or as Lewis Black discusses in his comedy routine, “I think evolution is important because it’s a small corner of a large tapestry that I like to call—reality. And the thing is—I’m right. I don’t have to argue this point any more. Fossils. Fossils. Fossils. I win.’’
Mokele-mbembe art courtesy of Bill Rebsamen. Click on image for a larger view.
As many people know, Kent Hovind has been backing the search for Mokele-mbembe for years, as he felt if he could prove that a living dinosaur species existed, it would overthrow evolution. Of course, such a discovery would do no such thing, and there are many “prehistoric” species that exist little changed today. But that’s the reason that these folks are routinely involved as “creationist cryptozoologists” as they feel such quests support their view of the world.
I’ve mentioned Hovind in a blog entry here, in conjunction with how his life intersected with the Reverend Eugene Thomas, 78, who died last December 2005. Thomas was the famed African missionary who was informed by pygmies that they had killed a “dinosaur.”
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.