Judge Thwarts Pensacola Evangelist's Travel Plans

A tax-fighting evangelist from Pensacola won't be lecturing in South Africa next month.

A judge has denied Kent Hovind to leave the country.

Hovind, who calls himself “Doctor Dino,” faces trial September 5 on 58 charges that include evading nearly $470,000 in employee taxes.

He operated Dinosaur Adventure Land, a closed Pensacola theme park dedicated to creationism.

The ruling prompted an angry letter from the trip's sponsor. Hovind was scheduled to travel to seven South African cities in August.

Hovind has argued his employees are missionaries and not subject to taxation.