Godonomic$: another Hovind scam

Hear all about it! God wants you to be rich, and we know it because the Bible, although not a science textbook, is really a manual for free-market enterprise! Mike Huckabee endorses it! Glenn Beck endorses it! With those imprimaturs, and God’s, how can you possibly go wrong?

The huckster Chad Hovind is the son of disgraced Kent Hovind, the young-earth creationist evangelist who bilked millions of dollars out of his flock and is serving ten years in prison for tax fraud, obstructing federal agents, and other crimes.  Chad seems to be following in his footsteps.

As you might expect, you’re gonna have to give the Lord some dosh before he blesses you manyfold in return.  Hovind will be glad to sell you any number of Godonomic$ DVDs and books, including the “Big Six Package” for only $294.99 (regularly $377.80).

My two questions.

1. How does this differ from the “prosperity theology” of Creflo Dollar?
2. Is this organization a tax-exempt church?

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h/t: Chris

67 Comments

  1. Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    another scam…..

    • Grania Spingies
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      The resemblance to the man who will sell you the Brooklyn Bridge is uncanny.

    • Posted July 18, 2013 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      …and another

      The above masquerades as news in this neck of the woods, as you can tell by the site’s layout.

  2. Barry Lyons
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Come on, Jerry. That’s a nice discount on the purchase. I’m going to act on this right away!

  3. Bric
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    O M G!

  4. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    “….and offer’s God’s perspective for the economic decisions of an individual, a family, and even a nation”

    So, I guess I contact Chad and he talks to his god and his god tells Chad how I should spend my $$. I wonder if I’d have to get Chad and his god to sign some sort of privacy waiver that allows them to talk about my personal information like that!

  5. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Oh and “freedom to serve him” is just hilarious! So, I guess all slaves really had freedom just freedom to serve people. LOL

    • darrelle
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

      I find it intriguing how committed many believers are to demanding respect for their desire to serve a master. Many imply violence may be inflicted on you for any criticism of their commitment, and some will resort to it. Especially if their god tells them to.

      Servility is just what any prosperous religion looks for and tries to reinforce or instill in its flock.

  6. Tulse
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    God wants you to live a life of freedom to serve him

    Any slave is free to serve a master — it’s weird to see the American evangelists get their libertarianism into classic Christian divine servitude.

    “I am a slave to no man, but sky fairies are a different matter.”

    • Tulse
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      (And Diana beat me to the point…)

    • microraptor
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

      Are you sure it’s not “I am a slave to no man, but Mistress says the collar looks good on me?”

  7. Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    I’d better buy Godonomic$ before the discount expires. If I don’t, they’ll say I’m persecuting Christians.

  8. ladyatheist
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Ball State should hire him to teach in their Economics department!

    • ChrisKG
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      +1

    • jesperbothpedersen1
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      Teach the controversy!

  9. Posted July 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Wait — that isn’t an Onion parody?

    I am so in the worng business….

    b&

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      Damn ethics and conscience getting in the way! I thought we’re supposed to be baby eating, moral lacking atheists!

      • Posted July 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

        Sing it, sister! It ain’t fair that the theists get to have all the fun with the lies and the hypocrisy and the scams. Almost enough to make me fall to my knees right now and say the Sinner’s Prayer, just so I can do nasty shit secure in the knowledge that Jesus will forgive me no matter what I do or the courts say.

        b&

  10. Polyman71
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    God gives us some much information!!!

    Next, God’s view on diesel mechanics and retroviral recombination!!

  11. RGBowman
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Right along with Michele Bachmann and Mac Hammond’s Living Word Christian Center up here in Minnesota.

  12. DiscoveredJoys
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Buy one God and get two more free in our End of the World sale!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

      End of the World Fire Sale! 🙂

      • Posted July 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

        Fire sales are only for suckers, like bottled water. Anybody who can rub two sticks together can get fire for free.

        b&

  13. eric
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I’m guessing Matthew 19:24 does not figure prominently in “God’s principles, His teachings, and His directions…”

    • Mark Joseph
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      Luke 14:33, either.

      But, I’ll bet he believes that bats are birds!

  14. rodgerma
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    I would like to see them advertise and where the how to order says:
    “Order by praying to Godonomics HQ”

    • Prof.Pedant
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

      Testimonials of people who ordered by praying might be amusing.

  15. Wild Juggler
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    No one came up with “Godonomics” and copyrighted it until now? Wow!

    • Posted July 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

      You’re probably referring specifically to the term “Godonomic$”, but really, most religion is “godonomic$” and has been for a very, very long time.

      • Diane G.
        Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

        Right on.

  16. Posted July 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Godonomic$:

    The misleading color-scheme of their logo notwithstanding, it should be clear that it’s a contraction that stands for:

    Go Do Nomic (the $-sign’s meaning is obvious).

    Nomic is a game … in which the rules of the game include mechanisms for the players to change those rules,

    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nomic

  17. Posted July 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    hmmm, well, we do know that at least the good helpful god that some Christians claims doesn’t exist. If it did, Hovind should be quite smoted by now.

    so we’ve either got a jackass god or just a bunch of jackass humans.

  18. Vaal
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    The phrase “no shame” comes to mind…

    Vaal

  19. Yammah Hamma
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    These hucksters are everywhere. Some examples:

    http://www.mikemurdock.com/

    http://www.rockwealth.org/

    http://www.bennyhinn.org/

  20. Dave
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    The only good chad is a hanging chad. Oh, gosh, did I really say that? Sorry, is he from Florida, The Boycott Us State? That comment was only worthy of, well, the religious.

  21. docbill1351
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    It’s curious that the entire Hovind family makes a living by scam. We should call them The Aristocrats! (there’s a joke in there somewhere)

    The Hovind clan is suffering from Osteen Envy. The mega-millionaire, ritzy living Osteen’s push the same God-wants-you-to-be-rich scam with books, DVD’s and probably stuffed animals from their mega-church (formerly the Compaq Center where the Rockets played) to the 17,000 or so sheeple who give their last dollar so the Osteens can have even more mega-millions.

    Hell, I just made myself envious! Please mail your last dollar to me and Kink at BR-549. Thank you.

    • Posted July 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      We should call them The Aristocrats!

      There’s a reason comedians do the joke about aristocrats and not about priests. They have standards, you know, and the kind of filth the priest version of the joke would entail just isn’t something a decent human being will put up with.

      b&

      • docbill1351
        Posted July 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

        Or Churchill would up with put!

        • Posted July 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

          I still haven’t figured out if I’d rather up with put or up with get. Or maybe I should down with get instead of up?

          These hip modern slang terms confuse me to no end….

          b&

      • Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

        Now THAT cracked me up. (now imagining Bob Saget demurring on telling a Catholic version of the aristocrat joke.)

  22. Posted July 17, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    An interesting financial read:- THIS is IRS Form 990 [25-page pdf] for God Quest Inc 2012 filing. It’s a Domestic Non-Profit Corporation [Charity]. I believe it to be the umbrella for CSE & Creation Today ~ the latter is just a trading name.

    Chad had two companies registered in Florida; Strawman Rentals LLC & Godonomics LLC, but they are no longer active. He closed them down because he never used them to do business. I’m fairly sure that most or all of his sales of Godonomic$/Godonomics products [he owns both trademarks] is shifted through God Quest.

    • Posted July 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      I also note that near the end of the pdf God Quest Inc. appear to have received a grant of $8,954 for the supply of DVD *teaching materials* to 180 jailbirds [nearly $50 per DVD or set of DVD’s] as part of their “Prison Ministry.” I wonder if that happens to be Kent’s prison? 🙂

      It would be interesting to know how that works…

  23. Posted July 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    This clearly means Richard Fuld was part of a divine plan.

  24. rose
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    What the Hell just read this and i’m like what the hell. Will go on their facebook page you know they have one and be like what the hell.

    • Diane G.
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

      😀

  25. Dawn Oz
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    So how do teach critical thinking? It would begin not only with logic, however some notion of the psychology of selling and the existence of personality disorders. I can’t imagine what its like to be behind these consumer’s eyeballs!

    • Posted July 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      Prosperity theology first took off in 1950s USA ~ the ideal message to broadcast in such a consumerist have-it-all-now nation. In an environment where the media has been pushing *personal growth* since at least post-WWII this makes perfect sense.

      A sizeable portion of Americans believe that the redistribution of wealth to support the vulnerable is some sort of pinko communist plot. Where else would the have-nots vote against their own best interests but in America? Where else could rumours spread that the ACA would require those people covered by public insurance to have a microchip implanted [& even that it would include 666 in the chip]?

      • Dawn Oz
        Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

        Michael, yes, I understand the Prosperity Theology – some of it floated around Australia in the 80s. However, how do we teach critical thinking to kids so that they can evaluate any damn thing? A handy set of criteria, and then another set of criteria about how to seek an appropriate expertise re science.

        There is just so much religion in the US, and an uncritical market for it.

      • Posted July 18, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

        The conspiracy-theory angle is certainly part of it for the “sizeable portion” you mention, but another driver of their often whole-hog anti-tax stance is the coupling of selfishness and an inability to think past their own nose. In my experience they don’t realize just how much they themselves depend on the services made possible by taxes. And they therefore don’t see why they should contribute any of their income.

  26. Dave Hooke
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Godonomics? Really?

  27. Cremnomaniac
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! I’ve been looking for a stay at home, work from the computer, self employment opportunity. I do hope he’s also offering a self starter kit, webinar, or seminar for a similarly amazing discounted price.
    How can anyone turn it down, financial freedom AND everlasting life in one affordable package!!

    “YEEEeeeee……”

  28. Timothy Hughbanks
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Jesus H Christ!

    I’m feeling the spirit already.

    • Ed Venegas
      Posted July 18, 2013 at 6:33 am | Permalink

      Apparently the H stands for Jesus “How to make a whole lotta money” Christ

  29. lulu_footloose
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    So, Jebus IS the invisible hand Adam Smith was going on about!

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted July 18, 2013 at 12:55 am | Permalink

      Adam Smith gets a bad press, mostly since he gets misused as a poster-boy for the economic far right. Most of whom, I suspect, have never read him.

      They very rarely quote ones like this: “It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.”

  30. Posted July 17, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    What of those who can’t afford the $300? As with Mother Theresa’s charitable poor, poor schmucks must exist so that rich schmucks can feel superior, making donations to [pardon while I gag on the next word] support them, buying their way into heaven and riding there on the backs of the starving poor. That must be somewhere in the Christian bible, too, no?

  31. Dominic
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    I have conflicting views on this – on the one hand these people are despicable & exploitative, but on the other hand I have limited sympathy for those dim enough to follow…

  32. HotJam
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    What I always find really amusing is how many Wikipedia pages concerning religion, religious people and religious ideas are locked.

    It’s almost always because proponents of these sloppy ideas and supporters of these charlatans are always trying to whitewash the bad out of them and not because of atheist vandalism.

    • Posted July 18, 2013 at 5:46 am | Permalink

      Hmm .. I thought Wikipedia would ‘lock’ pages only on VERY rare occasions (as it would be counter to everything they stand for!).

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Wikipedia page being locked.
      Can you give an example?

      • Yiam Cross
        Posted July 19, 2013 at 2:20 am | Permalink

        I seem to recall a while back that some pages were being vandalised on such a regular basis they locked them. It’s possible to edit them after passing through some kind of process to weed out the malicious misinformers. Something like that.

  33. Yiam Cross
    Posted July 19, 2013 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    Hey, if Warren Buffet and John Templeton made their fortunes with this method, well, if it’s good enough for them then it’s good enough for me.

    Only god could give him the inside line on what would happen to Best Buy over the coming months almost to the cent! They wouldn’t lie, would they, or god would be angry and maybe take all their ill gotten gains away.

    No, god wants you to be wealthy and all you have to do is sow the seed. Send your last few dollars to me and I will pray for a delivery of a large cash lump sum to your door. Almost guaranteed.

  34. Rosco
    Posted March 2, 2014 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Chad hovind is Kent’s nephew not his son.

  35. mr buck
    Posted June 25, 2014 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Kent Hovind was NOT sent to prison for tax fraud. He was convicted of over 50 counts of structuring, a crime so insignificant you’ve probably never heard of it. Basically, the feds took an innocent procedure (trying not to commit the crime of money laundering) and made it itself a federal crime.
    This is the best the feds could come up with, but it was enough for a Gestapo-style raid in the middle of the night in which Kent was hauled off to jail in his pj’s and all his property and cash confiscated.


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