Knee-Mail: The Scoffer
From: Kent Hovind
Sent: May 19, 2010
Posted: August 2, 2010
Thank you so much for your letter! In my 42 months of incarceration, I’ve been privileged to receive dozens of letters every week, yet only 3 or 4 from scoffers and atheists. Yours is only the second one in three and a half years that had a return address! I’ve found over my 21 years of dealing with skeptics, scoffers, and atheists, that they very rarely give a return address since they really don’t want an answer to their questions or comments. Thank you for writing and supplying your return address!
In light of this rare event, I thought I would use the opportunity to comment both to you and to those who read my blog site if you like. I will protect your identity other than simply “Jon,” and let you comment on the blog site. Even our ministry will not get your contact info from me.
To save time and space, I will quote portions of your letter and embed my comments/answers within your letter. PLEASE write back with more questions or comments. As I traveled and spoke for many years, I always had Q & A sessions and loved the “hostile” atmosphere some seemed to produce. Some seem to get really upset when their basic world view is challenged. You would think that in a liberal university where people are free to think and challenge the established paradigm, this would be welcomed and encouraged rather than resisted as it is. In my 100 debates, I don’t think I “converted” any of my opponents, but it sure helps the audience to see the issues clearly, strengthening some’s faith in God’s Word while challenging others to re-think their religion.
Jon: “I have grown up evangelical, lost faith, graduated from an accredited University, started listening to Dawkins, Hitchens, Demett & Harris and figured out the truth.”
Kent: Your story can be repeated thousand’s of times over! In our Creation Seminar Part One, I cover how 70% of kids from Christian homes, who go to secular colleges and universities, lose their faith after one year! When you factor in that this is often their first time away from home and not under parent’s rules; high hormone levels; the intense desire for freedom from what they think are God’s restrictions to keep them from having fun; and the intense propaganda pushed on them by professionals who often delight in destroying the Christian faith of their students (funny they don’t target Muslims or other religions), then it is easy to see why so many young people fall away from their faith! I don’t know which of the above factors turned you away, but my extensive experience in dealing with people in your position has shown me it is nearly always hormones rather than scientific evidence that makes them want to accept the evolution religion in order to give them freedom from God. BTW—God’s rules are for our GOOD. People who follow them have great marriages, no alimony, experience real love not just biological gratification, and enjoy life without artificial stimulants. My wife of 37 years and I did things God’s way in our dating and marriage and, if I had it to do over again—I would do it the same way! Even if the Bible were not true and Christianity were a false religion, following its teachings would sure make for a great society!
Jon: “However, along the way, fortunately, I found you. Hopefully, you have heard enough how CRAZY and fanatical you are, so I won’t waste my time or yours.”
Kent: I’m also glad you “found” me, Jon. We have produced about two million videos and DVD’s over the years and have always let people copy them for free distribution because we want to reach people like you. ?I need to caution you—our DVD’s are secretly coded so you cannot stop the message from getting into your sub-conscience and eventually getting you converted. You have been warned! ?
Jon: “As I listen to Rush Limbaugh for entertainment, my friends and I have ‘watch Kent Hovind parties’, we get drunk, smoke pot, and laugh our *** off at the debates and lectures we find on YouTube. When you get out of prison PLEASE do not stop giving people what they want.”
Kent: I’m so glad you not only watch my tapes, but share them with your friends. God often uses unusual methods of spreading His Word. See Numbers 22:28 for an example. I’m sure in your “evangelical” upbringing you had plenty of sermons about what the final outcome of your chosen lifestyle will bring both in this life and in the one to follow, so I’ll spare you the sermon. I fully intend to keep preaching the truth as I see it in God’s Word when I get out, and I’d be honored to have you and your friends come to a seminar if I get in your area. I’ve preached in the central Texas area scores of times. I’ll even take you to lunch and answer any questions you have if you like. You will find I don’t have horns or a tail and I know how to have fun.
Jon: “I hope your conditions are well enough.”
Kent: Conditions here are fine. I cover the ineffectiveness of our prison system as a means of punishing crime on several blogs, as well as the book, “The Kennel” available from [email protected] Our prison system has very little to do with crime and lots to do with big business and profits for those who run it. America has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners! We have about 750 per 100,000 locked up, while Norway has about 85 per 100,000. I don’t have internet access to get exact numbers, but something is seriously wrong! I suspect I Timothy 6:10 holds the answer!
Jon: “I could hardly believe you were in prison over taxes when you always say, ‘I don’t want my tax dollars going to teach evolution,’ when you never were paying them illegally.”
Kent: First, scores of people have reviewed our case and realize that we did not do anything illegal. We believe in obeying the law. We did not know anything we did was even questionable. Read the details on www.drdino.com/legal and check Proverbs 18:13 before you speak next time. Second, our case is still not over. There are several more appeals yet to be completed. We may yet be exonerated in the courts. Third, even a quick review of history will show that innocent people often go to prison. Lots of the Bible was written from prison. Fourth, school tax money comes from real estate taxes, not income taxes. Our case was not about either. I suggest you read the charges and our responses and understand the real issues.
Jon: “How do you stay busy? Do you preach/teach in prison?”
Kent: I keep really busy here! I do get to preach and teach a little, but most of my time is in research, reading, and writing. I’ve written twenty books and booklets that are in various stages of production. I’ve read two-thirds of the encyclopedia, and over 400 books. I spend lots of time answering mail, writing for my weekly blog, and working on various aspects of our case. I even read a good bit of your hero Richard Dawkins’ book, “The Ancestor’s Tale.” I suggest you read pages 29-31 where he tells about the Russian experiment where they took wild foxes and bred them for ‘tameness.’ They were startled to find that the foxes became very dog-like in only twenty years. They “behaved like Border Collies, actively seeking human company and wagging their tails when approached…they looked like collies. They grew black and white coats, with white patches and muzzles…they developed lovable floppy ears. Their reproductive hormone balance changed, and they assumed the habit of breeding all year round instead of in a breeding season. …It took only twenty years to turn foxes into dogs by artificial selection.”
Now that’s interesting! All the dogs in the world could have easily come from a generic dog-kind on Noah’s ark 4400 years ago. Variations within the same kind are all that mankind has ever seen or been able to produce. I suggest you watch our Creation Seminar Part Four when you are sober to better understand this point. Dawkins also admits on page 19 that writing was only invented about 5,000 years ago.
I offered to debate Dawkins when I was in England, but he refused for any amount of money. You may want to watch the interview Ben Stein did with Dawkins on the movie “Expelled.” (Go to www.drdino.com if you have not seen this documentary film.) Dawkins looked REALLY foolish! Choose your heroes carefully.
Jon: “Do you get visitors?”
Kent: Yes, God has been good to me. Several friends live nearby and visit as permitted. My family comes a few times each year. The nine-hour drive one way makes it difficult for them to visit more. Many men here get no visitors at all. This warden will not let my wife visit. I have not seen her in over two and a half years now.
I’m only allowed to keep twenty people on my visitor’s list, but I would ask someone to go off if you would like to come. The CSE Offices can give you the details. If you are a sincere seeker of truth, I think a weekend visit would be a great time to get your questions answered. If you really don’t want to believe in God, and you love the false intellectual security that the evolution religion gives, then it’s best not to waste your time.
Jon: “Have a nice day!”
Kent: Thanks. I will. You too. I’m also concerned about you having a nice eternity. Keep in mind that you will be dead for a l-o-o-o-o-o-n-g time! Think about that! It’s 8:00 and sunny outside. I pitch for our softball team. We are in the championship game tonight at 6:30. I’m in the top ten batters even though I’m 57. God has been good to preserve my health! I pray that you enjoy good health, too. Your current lifestyle may make that short term.
Thanks again for writing and giving me a way to actually answer your letter! If you have any specific issues in my seminar (not just generalities as in your last letter) about which you laugh, please let me know. I will defend my position or alter it if I am wrong.
Have a nice day, Jon!