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Dinosaur Creationism Theme Park Seized By The Government

Dinosaur Creationism Theme Park Seized By The Government
By Annalee Newitz, via io9.com

You'd think that dinosaur-loving creationists would be law-abiding citizens. Not so. Last week a South Carolina judge ordered the government to seize control of Dinosaur Adventure Land creationist theme park after its owners were convicted of tax fraud.

If you live in or around Pensacola, it just got harder to be a creationist who wants to see giant statues of dinosaurs. Dinosaur Adventure Land, which was packed with educational exhibits devoted to unmasking the lies of evolution, will be no more. No longer will children be taught how dinosaurs walked the earth 6000 years ago. All because park's owners, Kent and Jo Hovind, owed the IRS just under half a million dollars in employee taxes.

According to the Pensacola News Journal:

[Kent Hovind] was found guilty in November 2006 on 58 counts, including failure to pay employee taxes and making threats against investigators.
The conviction culminated 17 years of Hovind sparring with the IRS. Saying he was employed by God and his ministers were not subject to payroll taxes, he claimed no income or property.

Now the government is finally going to get those back taxes by seizing what remains of their theme park.

The Hovinds were also the founders of Creation Science Church, which seems (if the website is to be believed) to be devoted to a creationist interpretation of the Bible, really awesome dinosaurs, and super excellent paper airplanes. As the Dinosaur Adventure Land website explains:

Dinosaur Adventure Land is a theme park and science museum that gives God the glory for His creation. It has rides and fun-filled events and activities, each involving a physical challenge, a science lesson, and a biblical truth.

Learn about dinosaurs, principles of science, and even how to make a paper airplane that can fly over 300 feet! Handle our real, live creatures and take the Leap of Faith swing. Enjoyable and educational for all ages, it is specifically targeted for kids under a million years of age!

But don't worry – other creationist dinosaur parks live on. In fact, in recent years, creationist groups have seized control of previously science-friendly dino attractions. The famous Cabazon Dinosaurs in California, featured in Pee Wee's Big Adventure, were recently purchased by a creationist group. Now their website includes helpful information on why Darwin was wrong. The park owners write:

Through our exhibit, Mr. Rex's Dinosaur Adventure™ At the World's Biggest Dinosaurs™, we hope to help the young and old explore what is known and not known about dinosaurs, man and the creation of the world in a practical, factual and fun way.

There also remains the Creation Museum in Kentucky, toured by SF author John Scalzi, who had quite a bit to say about it, as well as having a great Flickr set of crazy dioramas from the displays there. The Creation Museum is so hip that it even has a blog, which recently announced that the museum is sponsoring a car that will be racing at the Kentucky Speedway. But will the car have a velociraptor painted on the side? You know, one that lived like 5000 years ago?


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Added: Aug-5-2009 
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  • Total freaks creationalists stupid people.

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  • I have a couple problems with creationists walking with dinosaurs.
    If they walked with humans, why didn't they get a place on the ark?????
    Did they die out before noah because they were gay sodomite dinos???????
    Or did noah and gawd just decide they didn't like them eating humans anymore?
    Why is there not more references in the bible to amazing large and fearsome creatures tormenting humans?????
    Or was this all based in the garden of eden before that bitch , Eve fucked everything up?
    And what di More..

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    • Check out the museums website.

      I'm sure they will be happy to answer all your questions with their wacky "leap of faith" cliff hangers and nonsense.

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    • I want them to quote me biblical scriptures that explain this dilemma.

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    • The Dinos were all kicked off because they're loud and rude and hogged the water slide for the Genesis pool.

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    • Nice try but you failed with no bible quotes........
      Your theory does make just as much sense as the bible people though so you get bonus points ;o)

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    • I don't think people who believe in the bible or Koran are idiots...........ok, yes, I really do........
      Prove to me your idiotic religions with logic.
      I do not care what idiotic religion you follow.
      You are all wrong and you cannot prove it.
      Prove me wrong and I will buy you an icecream cone ;o)

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  • Haha, Kent you fuckin' loser.

    Thanks for reminding me... I've been meaning to upload some vids of Hovind's little spawn and a couple of his fellow retarded little buddies talkin' creationism.

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  • I guess this is an example of theme park evolution.

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  • dinosaurs walked the earth 65 million years ago, not 6000.

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  • Was this the same theme park in the documentary "Religulous"?

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  • Buwahahahahaha Kent just got a karmarific b*tch slappin.

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  • hahahahaha

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  • How did I miss this post!? ^_^"

    "Theme park" heh.

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  • Ahhhhhhhh...hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

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  • io9.com? Alright dogbutt, you just outed yourself as a sci-fi geek. lol

    Posted Aug-5-2009 By 

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    • I swear I have met the guy in your avatar.
      He didn't look anything like his myspace page...............

      Posted Aug-5-2009 By 

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    • He appears to have a thing for handguns and Guitar Hero.

      Posted Aug-5-2009 By 

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    • And he thinks he is far more sexy and macho than he is, as is evidenced by this photo.
      Gawd bless his poor little soul for trying though ;o)
      He is obviously trying to make a statement.
      A creepy and odd statement..... but kudos to the guy for trying something "a bit different"............
      I hope he is stopped before he kills innocent people.
      If I were given random pics and asked who I thought might kill innocent people..............He would be on the top of my list

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  • Still waiting for a bible freak to show me passages that proved men walked with dinosaurs..............
    No takers?????????
    I know the bible, probably better than you and what I don't know I can look up.

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    • but it has nothing to do with science, fact or biblical quotes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Just like every other creationist argument I have ever seen.If you are going to make a Biblical argument, you must at least back it up with Biblical "fact"
      I have never yet seen that done.
      Ever.......
      In 48 years.........
      Never...........
      I know the book.
      My Grandfather was an evangelical preacher and faith healer.
      I have read it cover to cover.
      give me the passages where it proves man walked with dinosaurs.
      More..

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  • Fuck their taxes.

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  • And don't give me the crap about Leviathan, which was clearly a whale and only mentioned 5 times in the same book.

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  • ...you know the one where even the Dinosaurs HATE FAGS and believe ridiculous fairy tales? Lol

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  • Survival of the fittest taxpayers.

    I wonder if they were refusing to pay taxes claiming they were a tax exempt religious organization and the judge said "No way"?

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  • nobody knows the truth. If you weren't there then you can't speak honestly, you can only speculate.

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    • You can make reasonable theories based on evidence at hand.

      So until some bible jocky shows up with a saddle made for a T-rex, I'm sticking with the guys who have all the technology of today. Rather than believe a bunch of stone, and bronze age yahoos from a few thousands of years ago and their passed along stories.

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    • So...who built the pyramids? aliens? I mean, I wasn't there...so...

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