April 3- Religious Freedoms Restoration Act

What an awesome funeral for my son-in-law, Paul! Hundreds came to share what his life and testimony ment to them. I flew in Sunday morning after a great Sat. night meeting at Oak Grove High School in MO. I shared a quick history history of how my daughter and Paul met, then they played an incredible video of Paul’s life put together by my son Eric. Paul’s dad brought the message. That must be the hardest thing for a man to do! The entire service is soon to be available for those who are interested. There is a fund in Paul’s name to help people adopt children. If you make a donation in any amount and request the funeral service we will send it to you.

The county battle is still going strong. We never wanted this battle. We just want to serve God and be left alone. There is a long history of conflict between God’s people and secular authority over the Lordship of Jesus. It seems it will never end. If you would like to help, the county commissioners can use lots of “encouragement” to solve this problem that they created.

Below is our proposed solution. Please any or all of this as you contact the commissioners. www.co.escambia.fl.us/

April 3, 2006

For those following the 5 year conflict between Escambia County and the Church we thought it would be good to spell out, What does Dinosaur Adventure Land (DAL) want from the county and who can give it to them?

For nearly 2000 years it has been the sincerely held religious conviction of Christians that Jesus, not Caesar, is the head of the church. Colossians 1:18 “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

Since Jesus founded it, the Lord’s church has also attempted to stay separate from entanglement with government. This has led to great conflict and persecution of the Church by those who think Caesar is lord over all. See Foxes Book of Martyrs. Conflicts between the Church and government officials are recorded in 21 out of 28 chapters in the book of Acts. Most of the early settlers of this county fled here in order to have religious freedom from the state controlled churches in Europe. The founding fathers made the “separation of church and state” doctrine very clear in scores of their writings over 230 years ago. They taught that the state has no jurisdiction over the Lord’s church.

In addition to the clear commands of God’s Word and Article 1 of the US Constitution, Florida Statue Chapter 761, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1998 (RFRA) clearly tells us that “The government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion,” 761.03 “”Exercise of religion” means an act or refusal to act that is substantially motivated by a religious belief,” 761.02 (see below)

The law says a Church can act or not act based on our religious convictions. In the fall of 2000 we built a small metal building to hold ministry services in and to teach and train people about the biblical account of creation. Our pastor did not ask the county for “permission” to build on the Lord’s property as this would be an admission that the Church is subject to Caesar.

On March 29, 2001 two Escambia County building inspectors came unannounced and uninvited and trespassed on the clearly marked Church property to issue a citation. Soon thereafter the county commissioners voted to fund the legal battle that ensued and continues today. The county has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars so far and still, no end is in sight.

We understand that in the last 100 years many churches have become “incorporated” as 501 c-3 organizations, which makes them creatures of the state, and therefore subject to permits. Our ministry is not one of those and this is the distinction many people in the county are missing.

Millions of Christians in the early centuries faced torture and death rather than submit the Lord’s church to Caesar. These martyrs were not lawless people looking to be defiant of God ordained governments and neither are we. We answer to a much higher authority, that of the Creator of the universe.

We pay to have our buildings engineered and inspected by professionals to insure the safety of those we minister to. We understand the importance of this. We are even willing to pay the county inspectors to come inspect them. Our buildings are safe in all aspects that the county may have concerns over. Obviously there are hundreds of buildings standing in the county today that did not get Escambia County’s permits, such as those on the Navy base, State of Florida lands or those buildings built before the inspections department was created in the 70’s.

We are a peace loving people who simply wish to serve the Lord. We have sincerely held religious convictions against the church being taxed (permit fees) as well as asking others for permission to do what God has called us to do. Once jurisdiction is granted in one area, where does it stop? Those who live under communist control know that it does not! The Amish across the country, including Florida, object to (and do not obtain) building permits for similar religious reasons and Disneyland in Florida never gets county permits. See www.state.fl.us/rcid/.

Escambia County Commissioners have taken an oath to uphold the constitution where this principle of separation is enshrined in the first amendment. We feel sure that they all know the value of having churches and ministries training people in our county to love and obey the Lord. Surely this is much cheaper that the jail system we all support for those who do not obey the Lord’s commands. Ministries like ours are an asset to the county.

We know that our little ministry on 6 acres is not of great concern to some but we think God cares and is watching closely. The current commission has the power to resolve this ongoing conflict today as well as prevent future problems and expenses for both our ministry and this county.

The only people who stand to gain from prolonging this conflict are the attorneys who get paid by the hour and love this stuff! Our ministry fears that this struggle (which may have to go all the way to the Supreme Court) is sure to bring much negative publicity for our county. We would love to see this resolved peacefully so we can devote more time to preaching God’s Word. All our ministry wants to do is serve the Lord and influence others to do the same. We want to live peaceably with all men as commanded by the Lord and be a blessing to this community.

The solution is quite simple as we see it. It seems to us that the prudent thing for this commission to do is to vote to incorporate RFRA into the local building codes and end the conflict now.

This board of commissioners needs to require their inspectors to abide by existing Florida law (RFRA) or vote to incorporate the Religious Freedoms Restoration Act into the building code of Escambia County as other counties in Florida are doing even now. This action would resolve this current dispute with the Church ministry at 29 Cummings Road as well as prevent future challenges, which are sure to come as RFRA becomes more well known.

We feel the section below or something similar, would help the county building code incorporate RFRA. (This was proposed to the commission several years ago with no reaction. Since it is now election year they may be listening better.)

Statement of Finding by the Escambia County Commission, Escambia

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners acknowledges the lawful existence of, and our intention to comply with the Florida Statue Chapter 761, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1998 (RFRA). We further find that the county can be spared countless legal challenges to its building, zoning and development regulations by taking the prudent action of incorporating RFRA into our own county building code and related ordinances. We recognize that by statute RFRA already applies to the FLORIDA BUILDING CODE and that our action makes clear our desire to comply with RFRA/Florida Statute Chapter 761.

County Ordinance Sec. ## – ##. Compliance with Chapter 761.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FLORIDA

“Enforcement of this ordinance will be in strict compliance with the provisions of Florida Statue Chapter 761, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1998 (RFRA). The Building Department, Code Enforcement Department, County Administrator, and any other such county officials or departments as may regulate, enforce, and/or administer the provisions of the unified FLORIDA BUILDING CODE ACT OF 1998 (in effect statewide March 1, 2002), are hereby authorized and directed to adhere to the provisions of Chapter 761.

Department administrators are to direct their staff to use the least restrictive means available to satisfy any compelling governmental interest in furtherance of the county’s health, safety and welfare objectives as set forth in this ordinance. Such authority includes making such accommodations as may reasonably be necessary, (including waiving technical requirements of the ordinance), to comply with the RFRA so long as any accommodation does not compromise any compelling interest in protecting health, safety and welfare the county may have.”

After voting the above ordinance into law we would like this board and/or the building department to do the following:

  1. Notify Judge Michael Allen that our ministry has met the requirements of the law and a conflict no longer exists and his order to close the buildings should be withdrawn and our bond returned.
  2. Notify the utility companies that they should hook up our utilities.
  3. Vote to pay some of the costs we have incurred over the last five years defending our ministry in court.
  4. Come visit our unique ministry and bring your families.

CHAPTER 761

FLORIDA RELIGIOUS FREEDOM (RFRA)

761.01 Short title.

761.02 Definitions.

761.03 Free exercise of religion protected.

761.04 Attorney’s fees and costs.

761.05 Applicability; construction.

761.01 Short title.–This act may be cited as the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1998.”

761.02 Definitions.–As used in this act:

(1) “Government” or “state” includes any branch, department, agency, instrumentality, or official or other person acting under color of law of the state, a county, special district, municipality, or any other subdivision of the state.

(2) “Demonstrates” means to meet the burden of going forward with the evidence and of persuasion.

(3) “Exercise of religion” means an act or refusal to act that is substantially motivated by a religious belief, whether or not the religious exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.

761.03 Free exercise of religion protected.–

(1) The government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, except that government may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person:

(a) Is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and

(b) Is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

(2) A person whose religious exercise has been burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding and obtain appropriate relief.

761.04 Attorney’s fees and costs.–The prevailing plaintiff in any action or proceeding to enforce a provision of this act is entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees and costs to be paid by the government.

761.05 Applicability; construction.–

(1) This act applies to all state law, and the implementation of that law, whether statutory or otherwise, and whether adopted before or after the enactment of this act.

(2) State law adopted after the date of the enactment of this act is subject to this act unless such law explicitly excludes such application by reference to this act.

(3) Nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize the government to burden any religious belief.

(4) Nothing in this act shall be construed to circumvent the provisions of chapter 893.

(5) Nothing in this act shall be construed to affect, interpret, or in any way address that portion of s.3, Art. I of the State Constitution prohibiting laws respecting the establishment of religion.

(6) Nothing in this act shall create any rights by an employee against an employer if the employer is not a governmental agency.

(7) Nothing in this act shall be construed to affect, interpret, or in any way address that portion of s. 3, Art. I of the State Constitution and the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States respecting the establishment of religion. This act shall not be construed to permit any practice prohibited by those provisions.

The Mission of the building inspections department:

“To safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of Escambia County residents, businesses, and visitors by conducting plan checking and inspection services to ensure the integrity of all new structures and major improvements to existing structures built in the unincorporated area of the County, to ensure all residential and commercial construction is in compliance with State and local building requirements, and to facilitate completion of new development applications and provide for the issuance of building permits within the unincorporated area of the County.”

Note: A Church ministry is not a “residence” nor “commercial” nor a “business.” The Church ministry at 29 Cummings has consistently challenged the jurisdiction of the inspections department and has yet to receive a response to this challenge. When challenged, jurisdiction must first be established. The county has never done this.

The inspectors probably honestly feel bound by the law to close our ministry. The commissioners probably feel the same way. This proposed solution solves it for everyone. Please write, email and call them often to ask them to vote this in soon. They meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 4:30 for a public forum. Please come show your support. If you write or call them and get any response, good or bad, please send it to our ministry for our files.

How to help in this crisis.

Patrick Herny watched Baptist preachers get whipped to death for refusing to take a license to preach in Virginia. See www.drdino.com and search “Patrick” for the story. John Bunyon pastored a church of 1,000 in England when they passed a law that pastors must get a license to preach. He said God told me to preach and I don’t need your permission. He spent 15 years in jail and wrote “Pilgrim’s Progress.” I don’t know if our situation is the same but it seems to be. The county has closed our DAL buildings by force and many people are upset!

Many homeschools have united to have Operation Continual Coming and invite you to join in. Below is their 6 page plan.

Operation “Continual Coming”

Luke 18:1 “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.”

What is happening?

Why are the DAL Museum and Science Center closed?

Dinosaur Adventure Land began in 2001 as a part of the Church ministry known as Creation Science Evangelism (CSE). CSE has been working to fulfill the commands of Christ in evangelizing and teaching His Word especially in the area of creation, evolution and dinosaurs since 1989.

The buildings are temporarily closed due to a long standing dispute over building permits. When the buildings were built they were inspected by certified electricians and engineers but the Church felt it was a tax on the Church to pay for a building permit. The entire saga is on www.richardsayshome.com. The county is shutting DAL down because they do not approve of our ministry.

On March 23, 2006, Circuit Judge Michael G. Allen ordered the buildings closed after a 5 year dispute even though the proper parties were never served and the mediation settlement proposal offered by the Church 4 months ago has never been answered. The church ministry has consistently taken the position that the head of the church is Jesus Christ and for the church to pay what amounts to a tax for a building permit is in violation of the Bible and the constitutions of both Florida and the United States.

Remedies at Law manages the ministry to insure everything done here is lawful, safe and glorifies God. Their web site is www.remediesatlaw.com. Glen Stoll 360-658-7685

425-673-7762.

Rick Lee, in charge of planning and zoning, seems to be determined to stop our ministry. Several have said he is a homosexual with a special hatred for Christian ministries but this may or may not be true. Assume he is an honest individual trying to do his job.

Chief Building inspector Don Mayo and Escambia County Assistant Attorney Allison Perdue Rogers have been asking the court to close down DAL and bulldoze the Creation Museum and Science Center buildings since they opened. The issue has never been one of health or safety. The buildings in question have been open without incident for 5 years, have been inspected by qualified electricians and engineers, have withstood three hurricanes with no damage and have had 60,000 visitors from all 50 states and 70 foreign countries with no complaints, incidents or problems.

Nearly everyone who comes for a visit loves this place and tells their friends to come. The county inspections department has been invited many times to come inspect the buildings and offer any suggestions or advice on issues of concern regarding health or safety. They even obtained an inspection warrant and did come 2 years ago and have reported no problems. The entire issue is one of control over the Lord’s Church. The Church ministry has worked with the county over the years in every way possible to have the county recognize their sincerely held religious conviction but the county will not accommodate them in any way. They seem to have tunnel vision.

What you can do:

The Escambia County Commissioners or Administrator George Touart have the power to stop this madness in 3 seconds with a simple vote as can be seen on www.richardsayshome.com. Download the file “Urgent-Help needed” to get their numbers and addresses. Every letter and call helps. Everyone concerned should be pounding their doors down with complains, calls and letters until this is settled. These “public servants” respond to this like they always have. Mark 12:12 “And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.” They are elected officials who fear the people.

Everyone concerned should be pounding their doors down with complains, calls and letters until this is settled. Home school families can do a “civics” project where they learn about how inspections work and how the commissioners work while they attempt to influence them to leave CSE and DAL alone. This will be an awesome lesson on how government works. You can incorporate the history of separation of church and state. You may also want to teach your kids about how petitions work in influencing politicians. Each family can do their own petition and collect signatures of those who want the county to accommodate the convictions of the church.

Chief Building Inspector Don Mayo can also end this in 3 seconds by issuing a permit and certificate of occupancy in his own name or the name of the county and filing it in their files. He will tell you he cannot but that is not so. He will say Allison Rogers, the assistant county attorney, tells him what he must do. Her Boss is Janice Landers, the head attorney, and all three work for the commissioners who can order them to issue a temporary (or permanent) certificate of occupancy. Any of those groups can fix this. Home school families can do another “civics” project where they learn about how inspections work, the history of the inspections department, which buildings in the county do they not inspect (Federal, State, Indian, foreign embassies, and should be non-501-c-3 churches) while they attempt to influence them to leave CSE and DAL alone. If enough people use the “continual coming” approach they will respond.

Rick Lee, in charge of planning and zoning, needs to have home school families camping on his desk while they do a “civics” project where they learn why some areas need to be “zoned” for a church. In the Soviet Union they have great freedom of religion laws but no property was zoned where they could be exercised. What a subtle way to shut down God’s work! In America it has always been true that Churches are exceptions and do not need to “ask” a secular authority for a place to fulfill the commands of Christ.

The County attorney Allison Rogers or her boss Janice Landers can stop this by simply dropping the case or by asking the judge to suspend his order until further notice. Home school families can do a “civics” project where they learn why some cases are prosecuted and some are not while they attempt to influence them to leave CSE and DAL alone.

Sheriff Ron McNesby can simply refuse to help shut down the Lord’s Church. Hitler’s men should have refused his orders. George Bush told the Iraqi soldiers to refuse any orders to set oil wells on fire. It is unlikely that the sheriff will do this. Home school families can do a “civics” project where they learn about how sheriffs decide which cases to pursue. Learn whether all orders are obeyed and judges orders enforced without question (Hitler) while they attempt to influence them to leave CSE and DAL alone.

Judge Michael G. Allen can stop this in 3 seconds by rescinding his order pending further clarification. There were many problems with the way it was handled. The proper parties were never identified or notified, the jurisdictional challenges have never been answered and the order is very vague. There are many buildings on the property that have never been in question yet the order seems to allow the county to close down everything. The order should be stayed for clarification. The court ordered mediation is still not finished in the parallel case.

DAL’s Options,

  1. Fast and pray for God to intervene and change hearts.
  2. Move the DAL ministry to a new county w/clear agreement about issues.
  3. Close down DAL.
  4. Get permits.
  5. Sell ministry to new entity to get permits.
  6. Sue in court for church rights and take it to Supreme Court if need be.
  7. Start political pressure on commissioners, boycott Escambia County, letters, emails, pickets, etc.

Any of these people in government can stop this if they would have the courage to do so.

Go visit them unannounced, follow up w/calls, emails, letters, more visits. Encourage other to do the same. Look for sympathetic people we can further work on. Glen Stoll and Bruce Craig are coming next Tuesday to stay as long as it takes to resolve this. They are the managers of the ministry.

Possible questions to ask them:

“Have you read all the stuff on www.richardsayshome.com about this?”

“What can be done to accommodate the concerns of the Church?”

“Would you support a resolution or county ordinance allowing for freedom of religion in Escambia County?”

“Would you introduce such legislation to the next board of commissioners meeting?” If not, why not?

“What is REFRA that Richard talks about on his web site?—- can it be voted into the building code?” “Would you introduce legislation to do this at the next meeting?”

“What is RELUPA that Richard talks about on his web site? —- can it be voted into the building code?” “Would you introduce legislation to do this?” How can this be done?

“The Florida legislature voted years ago to allow Disney to be their own entity and not get permits from the county. It is called the Reedy Creek Development Act. Have you read this? How can DAL get something similar in Escambia County?”

“Don Mayo feels he must force the Church to submit. Are you Don Mayo’s boss?” “Who is?” “Can you tell him to issue a permit and certificate of occupancy without making the Church violate their convictions?”

Did you see the movie “Bug’s Life”? The ants were all carrying their grain along the path when a leaf fell across the path. They panicked and could not figure out what to do until a leader ant came to get them out of their rut. The county is like that in this issue. They need to find a way around the leaf. It is really not the end of the world.

Be sweet, be continual- keep going, calling with follow up questions (Columbo style)

“Don’t tell me it cannot be done, tell me how it can be done.”

“Are you aware of the great loss this will be to the county spiritually and financially if DAL moves or closes? Do you hope they leave? Are there any people that you know of here who hope this happens? This place is a great asset and blessing to our county. Please don’t drive them off with this inflexible attitude. Scores of countries have driven off their brightest and best and caused them to migrate to America just to have freedom to practice their religion. America got a lot of good people this way (including most of our ancestors) and other countries had a great “brain drain.” Escambia County needs to find a way to remedy this issue before it is too late.

If a billion dollar a year business wanted to move into this county wouldn’t you find ways to accommodate their concerns? Don’t counties make exceptions all the time by courting businesses to move in with perks like no property taxes for 10 years or cheaper electric or water rates? Florida did this to attract Disney. Why can’t the county make some simple concessions here? The church is not asking for permission to build things that are unsafe or unhealthy. They asked you to come look at their work. They just have a problem with submitting the church to Caesar.

“Have you ever seen Dr. Hovind’s tapes? Been to his seminar? Have you been to DAL?”

“Could it be that he is a man of God and the ministry there is of God and they are right?”

In general, don’t answer their questions. You are there to get information. The one asking the questions is in charge. They are the “public servants.” They work for you. Why are they being lazy in their job?

Don’t leave with them thinking you are satisfied with their answer. “Thanks for your time, I will do some more research on this. Can I have a time to meet with you this afternoon? How about tomorrow? The next day? Who else can I talk to, to get this resolved?” Remember, these people are politicians. They are often slick talkers and know how to weasel out of blame and responsibility.

The inspectors and commissioners should have so many people camping out at their office that they are afraid to visit their own office. If they are gone just say, “I’ll wait right here until they return.” Bring some school work or a book. Get to know their secretaries and keep calling. Be nice but firm. “I want to talk to them face to face.” When this is over we want them to be our friends and bring their families to DAL.

Report back to Jana Schmidt w/ideas, obstacles, progress, leads.

Keep a diary of who you saw, when, what was said, what was accomplished.

“I keep reading that the county says, “The buildings need to be ‘in compliance.'” What if they are “in compliance” with all the codes except the paperwork, why can’t that be fixed in some less draconian way?” The buildings have been used by tens of thousands of people for 5 years, been inspected 5 times already and stood through 3 hurricanes. Isn’t it obvious they are fine?

Do you know of any serious health or safety issues that I should be worried about? My kids go there often. The county got an inspection warrant 2 years ago and came to inspect at that time. What problems did they find?

How much time, energy and money has the county spent on this?

How much of God’s money has the Church had to spend on this?

Do you know what a hardship this closing of the buildings is on the ministry?

It was banks and insurance companies that pushed for permits years ago to be more certain the buildings they were risking their money for were not going to lose them money from shoddy construction or electrical fires. (see I Tim 6:10). The other main purpose of permits is to raise taxes. Since there is no loan on the buildings and insurance is not an issue and the buildings are Church property and non-taxable, why is this even an issue?

I can understand why permits might me needed for public property or to insure builders are honest when building for others. Why is this needed for private property? If the answer is, “to be sure it is safe if it gets sold.” Then why don’t buildings that are inspected get a special seal of approval which will notify the buyer and raise the value? Thousands of buildings in the county did not get inspected. Most pre-1975 building were not inspected at all. Do these ever sell? Many counties in America have no building permits at all. The same is true of most other countries in the world.

Is it true that your inspections department is totally funded by the permit fees and fines? Is their a financial incentive to not recognize the church as being exempt from the fees? See I Tim 6:10.

“Have you read the proposed settlement the church sent the county 4 months ago? Why didn’t they answer and what is wrong with it?”

The church has asked for a list of defects you see in their property. Where is this list?

Road Blocks to watch for:

Some officials may say, “This was done by court order and we cannot talk about it or change it.”

This is bologna! In the case of the commissioners it was their actions that caused the court order! They cannot change the court order and we are not asking them to. The court said the buildings are to be closed “until the inspections department is satisfied.” The commissioners can order their inspections department to issue a certificate of occupancy and the problem is over. The commissioners do run the county don’t they? Or they can vote to incorporate REFRA or RELUPA into the code to allow for freedom of religion and the problem is over. They can vote to exempt the Church like federal and state lands.

If they will not make an appointment to talk about it go to their office anyway! They caused this and can stop it. Don’t let them hide behind the court order!

The same type answer applies to the building inspections department. Don’t let them say they are just enforcing a court order. They asked for the court order and can issue the permit and certificate of occupancy in 3 seconds and the court order is moot!

Don’t let them get by with the run around- “It is not my job.” Yes it is. Have you done all you can to fix this? If you can’t then who can? The inspectors say the attorney told them to do this. The attorney says the court ordered it. The court says the inspectors asked for this to be done!

If they say, “The courts have ruled that they must get a permit.” I would say, so what? Court decisions get reversed all the time. They are not God. Also, I am not asking you to reverse the court decision but to solve the conflict that created the court decision. Give the Church a permit or certificate of occupancy.

The inspectors will say they are just enforcing the laws as given by the commission and the commission will say the building inspections department handles inspections. In reality, either or both could fix the problem.

Please contact home school mom Jana Schmidt for further information on helping DAL:

850-492-9292 or (443) 414-5262

The addresses of those who need letters and emails is on www.richardsays.com under Urgent

Paul's homegoing

440053377_l.jpgMarch 30, 06

My son in law, Paul Jewell, has been fighting cancer for several years. He was sent home from the hospital yesterday afternoon. We set up a hospital bed in our spare bedroom and he and Marlissa spent the night at dad’s house one final time. At 6:15 this morning I went in to relieve my wife and daughter. They had been taking shifts all night trying to make Paul comfortable. As Paul’s dad and I were holding Paul and meeting his needs I was reading Acts 7 out loud. At 7:15, Just as I finished reading, “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Paul fell asleep for the final time.

He was the perfect man for my only daughter and we will certainly miss him. Their wedding has been played nearly 20 times on America’s Funniest Home Videos. I did the ceremony and had my cell phone ring at the end. It was the Lord calling to say, “what God hath joined together let no man put asunder. Paul, you may kiss your bride.” They had a great marriage and both worked in our ministry here.

It does make me a little jealous that he got to see Jesus first but I’ll get my turn some day. Paul always wanted to use his life to bring others to Jesus. He wanted his death to do the same. If you are not saved, what are you waiting for?

Please keep Marlissa in your prayers. The funeral will be Sunday, April 2, at Marcus Point Baptist Church where Paul and Marlissa sang in the praise team.

Sunday – Marcus Pointe
11:30 – 12:00 Funeral Home Set Up
12:00 – 12:30 Family Viewing
12:30 – 03:00 Friends Viewing
03:00 – 04:00 Funeral

Monday – Tentative
11:00 – Burial at Graveside

If you would like to view Paul and Marlissa’s blog to witness their faith in Christ through this time, you may visit http://www.myspace.com/paul_jewell

In lieu of flowers, Marlissa and the family request that you make a donation to the “Adopt A Jewell” fund at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, 6205 N W St, Pensacola, FL 32505. This fund is under the umbrella of Shaohannah’s Hope, an organization that is dedicated to helping prospective adoptive parents overcome the financial barriers associated with adoption.

You can visit the Shaohannah’s Hope web site at http://members.shaohannahshope.org/site/PageServer

More later, Kent Hovind

Trip to Clarion University in Pennsylvania, Eric Hovind

Tuesday morning 3-28-06.
I am sitting on a MD-88 flying to Pittsburg, PA. and I Evolution in Statescan’t help but think of the Scientific American report that rated Pennsylvania as one of the nine states that is doing a “excellent” job with the evolution subject. How do I approach this group? Should I be submissive and tip toe around that fact that there are lies in the textbooks, or do I go in and start a fight with evolution and see who comes to watch? I pray that God will give me wisdom tonight to choose the right words.

Wednesday morning 3-29-06.
Back in the airport! Went to bed at 1:00 am, ride picked me up at 5:00 am to bring me to the airport. I thank God that I can sleep on planes with out any difficulties, other than keeping my mouth closed when I sleep.

Last night was awesome. The meeting was put together by the intervarsity group at Clarion University, and was a part of a week long outreach to the students there in the university. Patrick, a senior at the university and soon to be a staff member of intervarsity picked me up from the airport to take me to the meeting. There I meet Megan, a freshman student that had led the organization of the meeting. I was very impressed.

I was able to speak for about two and a half hours and present half of seminar #4, Lies in the Textbooks, during my time. That gave us about an hour for question and answers. I was surprised when most of those that said they believed in evolution at the beginning of the night, were willing to admit that they agree that evolution is a religious view of true science, just as Creation is a religious view of true science. Just to get a large group of evolutionists to admit that was pretty impressive. I talked afterward to several of the students that claimed to believe in evolution and they said that the information presented would definatley make them think about what they believe. Praise God, both the seed of doubt in evolution, and the seed of the life in Jesus Christ have been planted into many hearts because of the Creation message.

Battles Again!

March 27, 2006

Item #1

I am flying home from a great meeting at Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield, California. That is one of the friendliest churches I have ever been in! Each of the three services Sunday morning was packed. Total attendance was well over 5,000 in the morning plus a great evening service with a spirited Q&A. That was my first seminar in Bakersfield and about 90% of the people said they had never seen one of our videos or been to a seminar. With well over 2 million videos plus millions of copies circulating around for 17 years now that was refreshing to get an entirely new audience to preach to.

There were quite a few teachers and school board members who attended and loved the information they received. The atheists should have problems teaching their religion for years to come after this weekend!

Item #2

On the home front, my son-in-law, Paul Jewell, is still in the hospital in very serious condition as the rapidly spreading cancer is causing him great pain. My daughter, Marlissa, has been a real trouper through this trying time. Thanks to all who have sent letters of encouragement and finances to help them keep going.

Item #3

We are looking to purchase or take over a camp to start a second DAL (or move the existing one-see item #4) with week long creation camps. If you know of a camp or ranch or suitable acreage that might be available please let us know.

Item #4

Dinosaur Adventure Land (DAL) began in 2001 as a part of the Church ministry known as Creation Science Evangelism (CSE). CSE has been working to fulfill the commands of Christ in evangelizing and teaching His Word especially in the area of creation, dinosaurs and the Bible since 1989.

Last week Circuit Judge Michael Allen ordered two of our DAL buildings closed over the permit issue even though the proper parties were never noticed, the mediation settlement proposal offered by the Church 4 months ago has never been answered and the buildings have been open for 5 years, have had 60,000 visitors from all 50 states and 70 foreign countries without a single problem or complaint over health or safety. The buildings have also withstood two major hurricanes with no significant damage. They have been inspected by two engineers and two certified electricians, all of whom said they and are fine.

The only issue is one of control over God’s Church. The Church ministry has worked with the county over the years in every way possible to have the county recognize their sincerely held religious conviction but the county will not accommodate them in any way.

The entire illegal saga is documented on www.richardsayshome.com. The battle is far from over so keep praying for us as we defend the Lordship of Christ over His Church. A few nearsighted Christians have not agreed with our stand but many others have sent letters of support.

DAL’s two buildings, the Science Center and the Museum, will be closed until this can be resolved.

Chief Building inspector Don Mayo and Escambia County Assistant Attorney Allison Perdue Rogers have been asking the court to close down DAL and bulldoze the Creation Museum and Bible Science Center buildings since they opened. The Church ministry has consistently taken the position that the head of the church is Jesus Christ and for the church to pay what amounts to a tax for a building permit is in violation of the constitutions of both Florida and the United States. See RFRA and RELUPA.

Nearly everyone who comes for a visit loves DAL and tells their friends to come. The county inspections department has been invited many times to come inspect the buildings and offer any suggestions or advice on issues of concern regarding health or safety. They even obtained an inspection warrant and did come 2 years ago and have reported no problems. The entire issue is one of control over the Lord’s Church.

Glen Stoll of Remedies at Law manages the ministry to insure everything done here is lawful, safe and glorifies God. Their web site is www.remediesatlaw.com.

He has met with the county inspectors and attorney Allison Rogers many times and even sent in a proposed settlement after mediation but the county has not responded to the proposal.

DAL can move to a more God fearing county.

What you can do to help:

The Escambia County Commissioners have the power to stop this madness in 3 seconds with a simple vote as can be seen on www.richardsayshome.com Download the file “Urgent-Help needed” to get their numbers and addresses. Every letter and call helps. Everyone concerned should be pounding their doors down with complains, calls and letters until this is settled. These “public servants” respond to this like they always have. Mark 12:12 “And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.”

Donald Mayo, Escambia County building inspector has been invited to inspect the buildings many times and the Church has had two engineers and two electricians inspect them independently but that is not good enough for Mayo. He says the Church must get his permission to build in this county. He intends to keep the buildings closed by force and may even bulldoze them if the Church does not comply. He can also end this in 3 seconds by issuing a permit and certificate of occupancy in his own name or the name of the county and filing it in their files. He knows this but seems to have a personal vendetta against the work of the Lord here.

The County attorney Allison Rogers can stop this by simply dropping the case.

Sheriff Ron McNesby can simply refuse to help shut down the Lord’s Church. Hitler’s men should have refused his orders. George Bush told the Iraqi soldiers to refuse any orders to set oil wells on fire.

Judge Michael G. Allen can stop this in 3 seconds by rescinding his order.

God can stop this II Kings 1 style in zero seconds!

More later, Kent Hovind

Trip to Dover, PA, March 18th

What a great time in the city that has been in the news for months over the last few years! Dover school board voted to have teachers mention “intelligent design” in classes that teach evolution and the ACLU (the American Communist Lawyers Union) sued to reverse the policy (they won) and then sued to have the school pay their expenses and won again!

Michael Marcavage of Repent America organized the event for me to speak at the Dover High School. About 700 came to learn about creation. There was a spirited Q&A time as several evolutionists were upset that their religion had been exposed as a hoax. I think the session on lies in the textbooks upset them the most. I have always said we should not try to get creation or intelligent design forced into the schools. Instead, just require textbooks to be accurate by removing the 50+ lies i cover in my seminar. Tommorow I head for Bakersfield, CA.

Come visit! Kent Hovind

Wow, What a blessing!

Eric Hovind and Newton FamilyThis past month God has sent us several volunteers to help with the work load here at CSE. The first person that I had the opportunity to work with was Joel Newton, who was down here in Pensacola on vacation with his family. When we found out that he installed flooring for a living we asked if he could give us his opinion on a house that we were working on. After checking out the house, which is being remodeled to be used as staff housing, he asked if we wanted him to do the work while he was in town. I could not believe that he was even offering to work on his vacation, but it got even crazier when Dr. Hovind took him up on his offer.

His wife Amy and their son Myles said that it would be fine. I was amazed. Here is a family that has taken the time to drive down from Minnesota to Pensacola to visit our Creation Museum and Science Center at Dinosaur Adventure Land, and now they are going to forgo the vacation in order to work!

I got to spend a little bit of time with the family and learned that they truly have a ministry heart, and a heart for our ministry. Joel discovered the “Hovind Tapes” a couple of years ago, and now copies on average 350 Seminar #1 DVD’s per week in order to keep up with the demand from the teens and singles in his church that are passing them out and using them to minister to others. His heart for God and love for the ministry was even more apparent when I asked if I could fly him back down to do even more work over the weekend. He gladly accepted the offer to fly down and work 18 hour days for 4 days straight and not get paid. I could not believe the generosity and willingness to serve that Joel possessed. Joel, may God continue to bless you and your family.

The second person that I had the opportunity to work with was Jeff Rivest. He and his family are from Canada, and were down vacationing and camping around the US. He showed up and asked if there was anything we needed done. We were just getting ready to re-roof the house that we had been working on, and Jeff was more than willing to work on it. Jeff and a couple of the guys from our crew here at CSE began tearing off shingles on Thursday morning and worked all day long. Jeff came back again on Friday and helped put the new roof on. By Friday evening the roof was close to being done, but still needed a little bit more, so on Saturday Jeff came in and finished the roof for us. Jeff, thank you for your investment in our ministry and more importantly in Eternity.

It is amazing to watch God bring in the people that are necessary to do his work. I am forever grateful to all of you who have invested your life for eternity.

Thank you and God Bless,
Eric Hovind

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