Back in the late 1990s, one of the more notorious of the protestors who stood outside Doctor William Harrison’s Fayetteville Women’s Clinic was Timothy Hill, who could often be seen holding a one-man vigil outside the building.
In 1998 the soft-spoken Hill ran for mayor of Springdale, on a platform that would have effectively driven Springdale into the Dark Ages, and perhaps even a little further back. Soon after he lost his election “The Spanking Man” mysteriously vanished from Northwest Arkansas.
Included in my book, Ozark Mosaic, this interview was conducted at Dickson Street’s Ozark Mountain Smokehouse.
Candidate seeks to turn back clock in Springdale
Timothy Hill is a soft-spoken man who often speaks in terms that can best be described as “inflammatory,” though he would take issue with that. Hill, an anti-abortion protester witnessed by many as he pickets outside the clinic of a Fayetteville physician, has decided to seek the office of mayor of Springdale.
Hill, a five year resident of Northwest Arkansas, was inspired to run after he read of another candidate, a businessman with no prior political experience. By being a construction worker, Hill feels that he brings a common sense approach to government.
As part of his campaign, Hill has created his “100 Goals for Springdale,” which he faxes (three or four at a time) on a regular basis to area newspapers. His personal religious views are evident in his goals.
“This country’s greatness was based on men who were Christian. To say that now, all of a sudden, the blessings of this country are no longer coming from God is absurd.”
After his second divorce three years ago, Hill went through a spiritual and emotional crisis. Speaking of his divorce, Hill says, “I was down on my knees, with nowhere else to go. I’ve always known about Jesus, but I’d never had a personal relationship with him before." Hill has custody of two of his five daughters.
Hill marks his life as a true Christian beginning three years ago, after his divorce.
Speaking of raising his daughters, Hill says, “I try to implant a fear of God into them, which I think the Christian community has lost. You have to have that; it says in the Bible you have to have that before you can even begin to become wise. I do that also by having fear of me. If they do something wrong, I let them know they will be punished. Our society tells us that you have to be a best friend to your children, and our children don't need a best friend, they need to have discipline. And part of that is fear.”
He says that his daughters, who are now too old to spank, usually pick their own punishments.
Hill tells his daughters that, “a woman's main goal is to be her husband's helper, so that he can serve God. That's why we were created as men, and that's why women were created. I try to tell them that in a way that they won't be resentful. I tell them that they should love to do it, just like a man should love to serve God. I try to break it down, to show them that they are happier in that role.”
Born in Anaheim, California, Hill was raised by very religious parents who instilled their beliefs in him. Along the way, he has also done a great deal of reading, searching for truth. What he seems to have embraced is a faith which is largely fear-based.
Fear of God. Fear of God’s wrath. And also, perhaps, just a little fear of that which is different.
An armed society is a polite society?
Working with our law enforcement & militia, citizens will be trained how to properly operate a weapon for self-defense and combat experience. - from “100 Goals for Springdale.”
He would like to see a sign erected at the city limits of Springdale, proclaiming, “Welcome to Springdale, Home of God fearing, armed Christian citizens.” He wouldn't keep arms restricted to only Christians, however. “The only person I would not have armed is a person who has used a weapon to commit a felony act. I also have to keep in mind that the government considers you exercising your second amendment rights to be a felony act. So I would not, if a man was arrested and put in prison because he carried a weapon. He can carry a weapon in Springdale; I don't care if he is considered a felon or not by the United States government.”
He also says, “These are God-given rights. Jesus told his own disciples to carry weapons.”
No room for gays
Homosexuals would receive special attention from a Hill administration. If elected, he intends to enforce the sodomy law. He says that he wants to “put fear in homosexuals, so that they won't come into our city. I don't want them there.”
One of the legal impediments to sodomy laws is that it is hard to convict, or to even find evidence. But Hill says, “I am checking into that, to find out if someone confesses to be a felon, and has not been prosecuted for that offense, is that enough to cause an arrest, or citizen's arrest.”
He doesn't feel that a “confession” would be hard to obtain.”This is not something a queer would have a problem with, because they are proud of their perversions anyway.”
When asked about gays who already live in Springdale, Hill says, “I want them out. I’ll do whatever I can. My main goal is to get them out of Springdale.”
Public caning on the bare buttocks is one possible punishment that Tim Hill would like to see some criminal offenders undergo. “When people think of caning, they are thinking of a whipping, but it is more like an old-fashioned spanking.” He agrees that a caning can lay open the skin. “It is a bad spanking. I’ve had my skin laid open before by a spanking.
“I believe in it because it is just common sense. It costs very little, we don’t have to feed and house them, or give them a color TV.” He would like to see caning for those who commit “less offensive crimes, like a thief or homosexual caught in the city.”
“Caught in the city?” he is asked. “If he is found in the city, and he is a confessed homosexual, give him a couple of whippings, and then he won’t come back,” he laughs.
Turning serious, Hill says, “I wouldn’t have a problem with homosexuals if they had done what they should have done, which is stay in the closet. But because they have come out, and are trying to convince everybody that their perversion is good, that makes them a threat to this nation. You have to deal with it that way.”
While he believes that many would be enthusiastic about his proposed punishment, Hill believes that those “in power” would be opposed to caning. He proposes putting pressure on them in a manner which can only be described as unorthodox.
“I am willing to be caned first, on TV, just to show that it is not totally barbaric.”He would not be in favor of women or children being caned.
Woman, know thy place
The women’s movement is the most destructive force in our nation, They have caused a great wedge between the sexes which has induced the opposite effect they promised: respect. Women have been motivated to take a leadership role in offices that affect all our lives, which is contrary to Biblical teachings. This has caused a pacifist philosophy to creep its way into the hearts of our young, and the leaders of our Government. A women's ways are soft and gentle. and the families of America are crying for her to return home. - from “100 Goals for Springdale.”
If elected, Hill might experience difficulty with women, particularly those who are in positions of authority, which he disapproves of. “I've always known that a woman should not be in an authoritative position over a man, and women know it, too.” He cites the Bible, saying, “Women are easier deceived by the Devil than men. I think what Paul was talking about that they are emotional, and more driven by fear than faith, though they are very faithful.”
He uses the analogy of a robber confronting a man and woman on the street. “A woman's natural instinct is to give him whatever he wants, just to have peace. A man's instinct is to fight, even if it is over a dollar . . . in a woman's eyes, it is why should she die over a dollar, where a man is talking about things higher than that, principles.”
He dismisses feminists as “disturbed women. They are trying to liberate themselves from God's punishment.” He wouldn't try to have laws passed that would prevent women from seeking power, but he does not believe that women are wise enough to handle positions of authority.
And as for the women on Springdale's city council? “I would have to handle it delicately. I would respect their positions that people have put them in, but at the same time, I would tell them constantly, ‘Hey, go back home and take care of your kids, like you are supposed to do.’”
Hill believes that married women in positions of power “hurts everyone involved. She hurts the community, because she inspires other girls to follow suit, her children because they need her at home, and she hurts her husband. Especially if she is successful, because she almost humiliates him, and makes him feel insecure.”
Hill would like to see a “Council of Elders,” made up of male senior citizens, who would meet once a month, and discuss possible solutions on the issues facing the people of Springdale. Once again, the emphasis is on male wisdom.
Springdale for Americans
Immigration presents some problems for Hill. “To solve our employment problems by bringing in people that have a lower moral standard than we do, that are used to a totalitarian government that controls them . . . I don’t blame anybody for wanting to live here, but if you have something precious, that everyone wants, in order to keep that precious, must be picky, must have standards.” He would not allow any non-Americans to work in Springdale.
Even though the people of Fayetteville “kill babies here, and knowing that they accept homosexuality, they at least have enough love of their city to put trees up. That is a kind of shame on Springdale. I know there are a lot of decent people in Springdale who love their city, and I think they would volunteer.” Hill believes that the beautification of Springdale can come about as the result of volunteer work, with no ordinances or rules passed by the city.
Hill wants to see an emphasis on traditional families. One of the tings he would institute is a yearly “Family Fair.” He wants to emphasize activities which show boys and girls involved in more traditional gender-oriented activities. “I am trying to think of things which make a boy feel manly, and a girl feel more feminine. We are getting away from that these days. We are teaching boys how to sew, and girls how to box.”
According to Hill’s scenario, young girls would show off their skills in cooking and sewing, and boys could have archery and rock throwing competitions.”
100 Goals for Springdale
Among his list of 100 goals, there are some that he may not be able to accomplish, and efforts to implement some may well have the federal government taking a keen interest in Springdale politics, since they might violate federal law. Hill says, “That all depends on how you want to look at it. Who has the law in their hands? Is that not We the People?”
Several of the goals seem to overlap, especially regarding taxes (tax cuts), and teaching religion in the public schools. He believes that schools should tell the “truth” about the United Nations and its plans to destroy the United States and Christianity, and that school evaluation tests should be created by business owners.
We need the business community's help in figuring out what should be taught, and what should be thrown out of our students' curriculum. After all, the main benefit of school is supposed to be in a work related atmosphere. - from “100 Goals for Springdale.”
He also makes the unsubstantiated claim that Washington County has one of the highest sex offender populations in the country, asking, “Who's protecting them? Is one of our officials a pervert himself, and that's why they are moving here?”
Hill says that there has been positive response to his candidacy. “A lot of people are telling me that I am saying the things they want to say. Maybe God has put me on this soapbox to get the truth out. I may not be elected, but my main goal is to serve my Lord, and he tells me to be a shining light.”
Ozark Gazette - August 10, 1998