U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers denied this week, the request to lift travel restrictions for Pensacola creationist Kent Hovind.
Hovind, who calls himself “Dr. Dino” and operates Dinosaur Adventure Land, at 5800 N. Palafox St., was scheduled to travel to five South African cities between Aug. 12 and Aug. 21 to debate scientists who refute his belief that man did not evolve from dinosaurs but, rather, lived alongside them.
After prosecutors argued earlier this month that Hovind posed a flight risk if allowed to leave the country, U.S. Magistrate Judge Miles Davis ordered Hovind to surrender his passport.
Hovind said the travel restrictions violates his constitutional right to freedom [of] religion and is contrary to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Rodgers disagreed, pointing to Supreme Court decisions that neutral restrictions with general applications that incidentally burden religious practices do not violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.
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