Alabama’s Dinosaur Adventure Land teaches that evolution is ‘dumbest religion in the history of the world’

By Anna Claire Vollers

Thunder rumbled overhead, immediately drowned out by the growl of a four-wheeler crashing through the Alabama backwoods. Kent Hovind roared into view atop an ATV, taking the rutted dirt path down the hill and cruising to a stop in front of the welcome center.

He grinned and hopped off.

“We have constant chaos here,” he announced. “I’ll tell you the whole story.”

His yellow safari shirt bore a Dinosaur Adventure Land patch (motto: “Where God gets glory for His creation”) similar to the logo on the welcome center behind him. His life’s work is to prove the Bible is true and scientifically accurate, and that evolution is “the dumbest religion in the history of the world.”

The 65-year-old Baptist preacher and YouTube star is new to Alabama.

He’ll tell you, more than once, that he spent 15 years teaching high school math and science. He doesn’t mind admitting he spent nine years in federal prison, though he disputes the charges, which included structuring bank withdrawals and failing to file tax returns.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. @OP – His life’s work is to prove the Bible is true and scientifically accurate,

    That would probably take several lifetimes – and then fail abysmally!

    and that evolution is “the dumbest religion in the history of the world.”

    Talking of dumb, I think Hovind’s son Eric seems to have “benefited” from his father’s “teaching skills”, and was seen struggling to sound credible, when debating a 11 year old school boy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgCgfzLK0Kc

    The 65-year-old Baptist preacher and YouTube star is new to Alabama.

    and an ex-con, who is still as delusional as when he was convicted of fraud and “creationist tax accountancy”!

    He’ll tell you, more than once, that he spent 15 years teaching high school math and science.

    . . . . . and some gullible people believe what he tells them, regardless of how ridiculous it may be, or how fake his diploma-mill pseudo-academic qualifications are!!

  2. I will never understand the dedication to ignorance. The sheer time, money and effort that go in to maintaining and spreading it.

    You’ll always get the occasional oddball. They’re not a mystery. But the extent of the phenomenon in the wealthiest, most technologically advanced country in the world is just mind-blowing. The USA really is the oddest of countries: such extreme, deliberate, celebrated ignorance in the country that has given the world Harvard and NASA and MIT and and and …

  3. Marco #2
    Sep 19, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    I will never understand the dedication to ignorance. The sheer time, money and effort that go in to maintaining and spreading it.

    Ah! But America has sectors which have to be “the first and biggest”, – operating in a deregulated or ineffectually regulated, “free market”!

    First in political corruption, first in organised crime, first in reckless, bought-stooge, media and advertising, first in weapons production and export, first in abusive drug-use, and first in forcefully exporting their exploitative abusive systems to other countries.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45578492

    Colombian cocaine production hit record levels in 2017, according to newly released UN statistics.

    The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says production rose about 31% year on year to some 1,400 tonnes, cultivated on 171,000 hectares.

    Colombia is the world’s largest producer of cocaine, much of which ends up in the US, which is the world’s largest consumer.

    The USA really is the oddest of countries: such extreme, deliberate, celebrated ignorance in the country that has given the world Harvard and NASA and MIT and and and …

    The centres of excellence are in isolated pockets, with workers selected and recruited from the educated – including those educated in other countries!

  4. @OP – Kent Hovind roared into view atop an ATV, taking the rutted dirt path down the hill and cruising to a stop in front of the welcome center.

    Just in case anyone thinks there is some consensus among science denying creationist conspiracy theorists:-

    https://www.theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php?topic=48935.0

    Ken Ham’s “science” is for wimps, and I have long been convinced that his ‘Answers in Genesis’ and similar organizations discredit and undermine creationism. And I doubt that is an accident.
    They attack geocentrism and ridicule flat earthism.
    Their attacks on stalwart independent creationists such as Kent Hovind are conveniently timed and seem possibly coordinated with government harassment of those who don’t follow the line.

    Ken Ham and company are evolutionists’ wildest dreams come true: their own people controlling and restraining the creationist movement from within. Aside from devolving, what would evolutionary theory do without “creationists” like Ken Ham?

    ‘The Australian and U.S. arms of Answers in Genesis (AiG) were critical of Kent Hovind after he had criticized a position document from Creation Ministries International, “Arguments we think creationists should NOT use”.
    In particular AiG criticized Hovind for “persistently using discredited or false arguments” and said Hovind’s claims are “self-refuting”.’

    @link : The following document is a list from Creation Ministries International.
    When I read it, I became convinced that this Australian organization is a creationist “uncle tom” that serves the interests of creationism’s opponents.

    Oh dear!
    Ham is not using those Flat Earth Society and Hovind approved “proper creationist arguments”! and Hovind is not using Ham AIG approved “proper creationist arguments” 🙂

    What are evolutionists to think???? – and without clear guidance on “alternative facts”, they could even ignore all these arguments and study peer-reviewed science!

  5. Hi Marco, I think he’s a conman. This is his job. For those taken in by him it’s what they were taught to believe. Furthermore science is hard. For most people they learn what they need to get through school and that’s it. Combine that with a home environment that shuns science and you’ve got a recipe for creationism.

    As for our religiosity in general, keep in mind that the US is a big country. Instead of comparing yourself to the US try instead to compare yourself to New York for example, or Northern California. The coasts are where most wealth is concentrated. Is it really so surprising then that the further from the coasts you go the fewer secular and scientifically literate people you encounter?

    Now consider that when you get away from your coasts you’ve hardly gone anywhere at all.

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