Earlier this year, I told you about how Dr. Dino (Kent Hovind) believed that his Dinosaur theme park could be considered a mission and that he could avoid paying taxes because the people that worked at his park were not employees but missionaries.
Slice of Laodicea reports that he was found guilty on 58 counts of tax evasion and that he faces a sentence of up to 288 years in jail (his wife was found guilty on 44 counts and faces up to 225 years).
There are certainly two different ways to look at this– and at least two different way this will be interpreted by the faithful:
The one way is that Dr. Dino is being imprisoned for the faith. They will say that he was out there trying to do the Lord’s work and that he is wrongfully charged and that we should all pray for his release. He may become a martyr of sorts to certain people.
The second that I can see is that he will be seen as someone who broke the law. People will not have that much pity on him because he knew the law and could not expect to use “a trick” to get around paying taxes.
Whichever way you take it, this has given Young Earth Creationists a bad name, since he was one of the vocal proponents– having his own video series, etc. I didn’t always agree with what he said, and Answers In Genesis told us to listen to him with caution, but you have to admit that this is a blow in the skeptics minds as to the character of those who believe like we do.