Kent Hovind files complaint against RationalWiki for libel, from jail

Kent Hovind, a young-earth Creationist evangelist, known as Dr. Dino (doctorate is in Christian Education through correspondence from non-accredited Patriot University in Colorado Springs, Colorado), currently incarcerated for tax-related crimes, has a beef with what was posted about him on the website RationalWiki. He has filed a complaint with the state of Florida.

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Rational Wiki is a site specializing in “analyzing and refuting pseudoscience and the anti-science movement; documenting the full range of crank ideas; explorations of authoritarianism and fundamentalism; and, analysis and criticism of how these subjects are handled in the media.” As you can expect, they aren’t too kind to YECs and don’t sugar coat their work. They call Hovind a “woomeister” and “true huckster”.

Kent Hovind – RationalWiki.

Here is part of Hovind’s claim which can be seen as a PDF here.

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Screen Shot 2014-03-01 at 12.38.57 PMTo me this seems like technicalities. It’s a good lesson to watch what is posted on these sites because even one little misused word can get you into trouble. Especially from someone doing jail time who has ample opportunity to look for this type of minutia with which to harrass people. It is unclear what will happen to the site page which is still up and states the following as of this posting:

Hovind filed a lawsuit against the RationalMedia Foundation on February 24, 2014 based on claims he makes about this article.[29] He has yet to have summons issued, and hence has not yet served the complaint.


  10 comments for “Kent Hovind files complaint against RationalWiki for libel, from jail

  1. March 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    He’s either doing this to silence criticism in the form of truth of him, trying to extort money them, or most likely both.

  2. Reed E
    March 1, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    A minor correction on the name and location of the diploma mill: “Patriot _Bible_ University in _Del Norte_, Colorado”

    It’s more than a 3 hour drive from Colorado Springs.

  3. March 1, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    He’s in jail and really, really bored. And someone evidently posted him a printout of the article.

    We don’t expect anything to come of this. He has cost us $87 so far, and $87/mo ongoing … ‘cos we quickly upgraded our hosting to deal with the load of well-wishers coming to the site to see what the fuss is about 😉

  4. March 1, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    To be honest, I have my own problems with RationalWiki. With that they write over there, it was only a matter of time before something like this happened. Still, it’s better just to ignore it. Hovind is just looking for a fight.

  5. March 2, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    What’s this about “destroy the plaintiff’s well being and further damage the plaintiff’s reputation” stuff? He’s in PRISON!

  6. March 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    It might help to point out the suit was not filed “with the state of Florida” but rather in the federal district court in Florida.

  7. March 5, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    It makes no difference whether you’re “rational” or “Christian” or anything else — the Internet is not your personal playground to post untrue claims about people. Libel is libel. No matter how big you grow your blog balls, you’re going to go down just as hard as if you’d printed it in the New York Times. Post responsibly, folks.

  8. March 5, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    This just in from a tweet by Tim Farley (@krelnik):
    Fundraiser for @RationalWiki is underway. They’re being sued by Kent Hovind, so show them some love.

    Direct link:

  9. March 6, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    We thank you for every penny you can send our way 🙂

  10. Lytrigian
    March 7, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Wait, did’t Hovind try to assert that US courts had no jurisdiction over him in the criminal trial? How can he now claim that any court has jurisdiction to try his lawsuit?

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