Maybe. In his latest epistle from prison, Hovind has suddenly realized that the right-wing Christian position is unjust. It would be nice if he were undergoing a little actual consciousness-raising, but I expect it has more to do with his “me, me, me” attitude and the awful realization that he is the subject of his own old black-and-white beliefs.
At lunch last week, one of the inmates said, “If I could, I would bomb the Christian Coalition.Â They are the reason we are here.”Â I was shocked by his statement!Â I love the Christian Coalition, but I understand the man’s point.Â For years, Christians have pushed judges and legislators to be “tough on crime.”Â Most are thinking about violent crimes when pushing for this type legislation.Â However, only about three percent of those incarcerated in the United States are incarcerated for violent crimes.Â The unreasonable sentences people are given have come from judges who have never spent even one day locked up and who brag that they will give out sentences totaling “a million years” during their time on the bench.
So what should we do about non-violent crimes, like the ones Hovind committed?
There is also some distressing news.
DR. HOVIND – was just moved to a different federal facility.
He is now in solitary confinement for 23 1/2 hours per day, in a small cell. He sleeps (at this time) on the concrete floor. A guard has provided him with part of a “Good News for Modern Man” Bible. He has nothing else, as far as we know. There are conflicting reports from the new facility on whether or not he can receive visitors. He has had a very limited “approved visitors” list up until now. … Letters and postcards can be sent. No food; no hardbound books; no CDs or DVDs; do not put “Dr.” in front of his name. All mail is opened and checked in front of guards.
Kent Hovind is a contemptible liar, a fraud who has made a life out of inculcating stupidity in his followers. I have no sympathy for the man or his cause, but this is excessive. There are other comments that this occurred because he violated some rules, and that it was for his own protection. I can guess what happened: he’s an obnoxious, sanctimonious twerp who has been singing “I’m holier than thou” and has annoyed other inmates to the point where some want to shut him up.
Still, I don’t think this is right. Locking people away from human contact like that is cruel, and what Hovind is is a con artist and tax cheat — hardly the kind of person who deserves that level of punishment (ah, but I’m a liberal softie…I don’t think axe murderers should be tortured, either).
I don’t know what to do about this. I’m sure, given the opportunity, Hovind is a career criminal who’d do the same thing all over again, and he certainly isn’t showing remorse — he’s rationalizing that he doesn’t deserve to be punished at all for his non-violent crimes. But I also don’t think locking him up in solitary, or leaving him at the mercy of tough guys who could beat him to a pulp, is appropriate either.