This Baptist preacher is opening a new creationist theme park in Alabama where he plans to teach people that the dinosaurs were just lizards who never stopped growing and lived to be 900 years old.
Baptist Pastor and YouTube star Kent Hovind has a colorful past. And now he’s opening a creationist dinosaur theme park called Dinosaur Adventure Land in Lenox, Alabama where he plans to teach young people about his own wing-nut science that he learned from the Bible. Hovind says that the Bible is scientifically accurate and he says that evolution is “the dumbest religion in the history of the world.”
In an interview with AL.com Hovind said,
“It’s very simple. Before the flood came, in the days of Noah, the Bible says that people lived to be 900 years old. Genesis Chapter 5 tells us that. Well, I taught biology and reptiles never stop growing. What would happen to a reptile if he could live to be 900? That’s the dinosaurs. No big mystery.”
Hovind acknowledges that there are no actual credible scientists who believe his theories about dinosaurs being 900-year-old lizards who never stopped growing. But he doesn’t care, because he believes that scientists are just being used by Satan to spread doubt about the Bible.
“So the devil, I think, is using the dinosaurs to teach boys and girls the earth is millions of years old, and it’s propaganda,” he says. “It’s not true at all.”
Critics accuse Hovind’s group of being a cult. But Hovind and his supporters believe that it’s a ministry. To me it looks like a big con and a dinosaur-themed tax scam.
Hovind’s new venture in Alabama is actually not his first try at a Dinosaur Adventure Land. Hovind actually opened another dinosaur theme park in Florida. And that didn’t work out too well.
“Hovind opened the original in Pensacola, Fla., where he had occasional run-ins with Escambia County authorities for things like not getting building inspections. But the real trouble came in 2006, when he was convicted on more than 50 federal tax fraud charges relating to structuring financial transactions to avoid reporting laws, and for failing to collect employee taxes.
“One of his chief defenses, according to media reports at the time, was that he didn’t owe any taxes because everything he owned belonged to God.
“He spent nine years in prison.”
Hovind’s park in Florida is no longer open. But he says that since April his new park in Alabama has had over a thousand people visit. And he has had 1,200 people who have volunteered and helped build. About 25 people live full-time and work at the park.
Hovind’s wife Cindi seems particularly irritated that her husband’s business is constantly being called a cult. She says that people come to Dinosaur Adventure Land because they are looking for something they can’t find anywhere else.
“They’re seeking how does the Bible reconcile with science,” she said. “It’s a big deal and he’s trying to help. That’s not a cult.”