Clay Herrmann

Jan 042017

Senator Alan Clark was featured guest presenter at the January 3, 2016 Hot Springs Village TEA Party Luncheon Program at Charlie’s Pizza Pub. Hal & Michelle Stanley and attorney Joe Churchwell were also in attendance and participated in the program.

At the request of multiple concerned constituents who contacted him, State Senator Alan Clark became reluctantly involved in looking into the facts surrounding the removal of seven children from the home of Hal & Michelle Stanley in January of 2014. Based on claims made by law enforcement and DHS officials he contacted, he initially believed that the action would likely prove justified. In his efforts to be thorough in investigating the case, however he concluded otherwise. Clark did not take well to the idea of a State Senator being stonewalled by public employees in his quest for relevant information, and in some instances even blatantly lied to. When DHS funding was held up by the State Senate in response, DHS officials become somewhat more cooperative.

Since beginning, Clark reports that he has spent literally hundreds of hours as an individual State Senator investigating the policies and practices of the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) of the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Crimes Against Children Division of the Arkansas State Police (CACD).

The agenda quickly expanded beyond the Stanley Family case as more and more citizens contacted Senator Clark as well as other State Senators and Representatives about DCFS and CACD alleged civil rights violations and other misconduct.

In addition to his individual investigation, Senator Clark has served for the past two years as the Senate Co-Chairman of the Joint Performance Review Committee (JPR) Co-chaired on the House side by Representative Kim Hammer. This joint Senate/House investigative body has served as a powerful tool in compelling public testimony under oath from officials, whether voluntarily or in response to a subpoena.

During Senator Clark’s two-year JPR co-chairmanship ending December 2016, there have been approximately two dozen JPR hearings related to DCFS & CACD legislation, policy and practices, The range of testimony at these hearings has included aggrieved parents & grandparents, various public employees including top DHS, DCFS & State Police officials, experts in various related fields, DHS legal counsels, other lawyers, and at the last December 2016 meeting, circuit judges and an Arkansas Supreme Justice all testifying under oath!

Senator Clark shared about his 2014-2016 JPR experience. Some questions he spoke to included:

  1. Institutional policy improvements ALREADY being made by DHS without new legislation?
  2. Related issues to be addressed legislatively in the upcoming 2017 session by the Arkansas House & Senate?
  3. Needed reforms that he considers highest priority?

Specific reforms being called for by some, include:

  1. An institutional acknowledgement (within DHS-Division of Children and Family Services) of the civil rights of Arkansas families, including respect for the 4th Amendment prohibition against warrantless home intrusions and seizures.
  2. Miranda Warnings to parents by DCFS investigators.
  3. Body-cams on child-welfare workers in their interactions with parents and children.
  4. Referrals for criminal prosecution of those who knowingly make false and malicious child-abuse reports by hotline or otherwise.
  5. End the use of “case confidentiality” to protect child-welfare workers who trample on civil rights and otherwise violate the law.
  6. Strengthen legislation and agency policy prioritizing placement of children removed from parents with caring extended family members, including grandparents, as the preferred option when possible, rather than with strangers.
  7. Change the “Kangaroo Court” system by which investigators can make what they call “true findings” about alleged misconduct of parents in secret proceedings, without the due process afforded citizens for criminal charges, and as a consequence have names added to the State’s Child Central Maltreatment Registry which can result in loss of employment, ineligibility for other employment, social stigma, and other negative consequences.
  8. Improve the current anemic system with it’s inherent conflicts-of-interest that inadequately provides accused parents legal representation … when any is provided at all.
  9. When serious criminal child maltreatment is alleged, officials should file criminal charges as applicable, employing the criminal justice system so that defendants will be entitled to all their civil rights afforded in the U.S. Constitution, rather than be denied those rights in secret civil proceedings. This would include public trial, the right to face accusers, and right to a jury.

(photos of the event are available at


Nov 012016

Sharia Law for Non Muslims

by Dick Leach

(presentation to Hot Springs Village TEA Party November 1, 2016)

As a professor of philosophy and religion at Lakeland College in Wisconsin, I taught a course in comparative religions from the seventies through the nineties.  That doesn’t make me an expert on Islam because I did no original research, nor did I publish articles in learned journals.  It did give me access to what most scholars were saying on the subject at that time.  This led me to be respectful and tolerant of all religions including Islam.  It was a monotheistic religion with a worldwide appeal, claimed Abraham and many other biblical figures as their prophets.  I invited Islamic scholars from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee to be guest lecturer so my students could hear about their faith from Muslims themselves.

But none of that prepared me for 9/11/2001.  To be sure I had lectured on Muhammad, Mecca and Medina, the five pillars, the mosques, Jihad, that Islam meant submission to Sharia and even the Muslim division of the world into two domains,  the Dar-al-Islam the realm of peace, and Dar-al-harb, the realm of war.  But I gathered from textbooks and other sources that Islam was a religion, that its tenets were for Muslims, and that Jihad was primarily the Muslim’s inner struggle against wrong belief called the Greater Jihad.

Thorough examination of Sharia after 9/11 showed me that the first two statements were half true.  Yes, Islam is a religion.  It is also an Allah-ordained, governmental system encompassing every aspect of society: political, economic, judicial, cultural.   No other religion requires a land-owning theocratic state for its existence.  The half-truth was not the whole truth.  The half-truth concealed the whole truth.

As to the second statement, yes, its tenets were for Muslims, but they were also for the kafir, the non-believer, (the one who conceals the truth about Islam) who must be either converted, eliminated or subjugated.   That means Allah’s divine design for society must replace all man-made systems of government.  Global conquest is not a suggestion, but an obligation.  Sharia is totalitarian and supremacist. The second statement that its tenets were for Muslims was not the whole truth.  The half-truth concealed the whole truth.

The final statement about the Greater Jihad is a modern misrepresentation.   Muhammad never said Jihad was primarily an inner war, a personal, spiritual battle.  The Quran and hadith use that term only as war against non-Muslims, against the unbeliever.  It is either by violence or by stealth.

All of this does not mean that every Muslim always knows and practices all of Sharia.  I had Muslim students from Pakistan and Turkey who didn’t do prayers on their prayer rugs five times a day. Nor were they interested in Jihad.  We had a refugee family from Bosnia in the late nineties come and live with us for three weeks.  They had fled Bosnia for Germany during the Serb and Croatian bombings and ended up in an enclave of Bosnians in Chicago.  Wanted to get out and experience American freedom.  Our church sponsored them, got him work, a car, a place to stay and the boy into school, in Mayville.  When they worshipped with us they disobeyed Sharia.

It is likely there are Muslim here today like those we knew in Wisconsin.   Nor can it be said that every Muslim country practices all of Sharia.  Egypt and Turkey  are struggling with how much to require.  Pure Sharia law exists only in its Sunni form in Saudi Arabia, and in its Shiite form in Iran.  But pure Sharia is what is sought by true believers, and what is taught, officially, in mosques everywhere.  So how do we explain such contradictions within Islam?  More importantly how do we get half-truths and misrepresentation in Islam?

The answer is that Sharia is dualistic. (Warner, Ch. 7; CSPI Center for the Study of Political Islam)   It holds two sets of laws—one for Muslims and one for Kafirs.  It also sets forth two ways to approach Kafirs.   On the one hand the Quran directs believers to “Listen to what the Kafirs say with patience, and leave them with dignity.” Koran 73:10.   On the other hand it says “Give strength to the believers.  I will send terror into the Kafirs’ hearts, cut off their heads and even the tips of their fingers”  Koran 8:12

The Koran is so filled with contradictions that it provides a method to resolve the problem, called abrogation.   A later verse is stronger than an earlier one.  Both are true, but the first is weaker and to be replaced by the later, stronger verse.  The stronger supersedes the weaker.  Either is correct, but the later one is better.  The earlier verses from Mecca are quoted by promoters of Islam where they are in a minority.  The later ones from Medina where Muhammad gained control and waged war against kafirs are better, and to be used when Muslims gain control.  Sharia is situational.

So an oath by a Muslim is flexible.  “Abu Bakr faithfully kept his oaths until Allah revealed to Mohammed the atonement for breaking them.  Afterwards he said, ‘If I make a pledge and later discover a more worthy pledge, then I will take the better action and make amends for my earlier promise.’” (Sahih Bukhari 8,78,618)

Something that is not true is not always a lie.  “Mohammed said, ‘A man who brings peace to the people by making up good words or by saying nice things, though untrue, does not lie.’” (Sahih Bukhari 3,49,857).

Mohammed repeatedly told Muslims to deceive Kafirs, when it would advance Islam.  He said “Jihad is deceit.” (Sahih Bukhari 4,52,268.)  Islam has a word for lies which advance its goals.  Taqiyya. Sacred deception.  There are two conditions for its practice.  A Muslim must never lie to another Muslim.  And a lie should never be told unless there is no other way to accomplish the task.  “Lies are sins except when they are told for the welfare of a muslim or for saving him from a disaster.”  (Al Tabarani in Al Awsat, from Bat Ye’or, The Dhimmi, p. 30 Warner)

There is no Golden Rule for Kafirs.  They may be murdered, tortured, enslaved, raped, robbed, deceived, mocked and ridiculed.  But “A Muslim is a brother to other Muslims.  He should never oppress them nor should he facilitate their oppression.  Allah will satisfy the needs of those who satisfy the needs of their brothers.” (Bukhari 9,85,;83)

Legal dualism also explains stealth jihad.  It is not the shock and awe of violent jihad  as in ISIS and Al Queda.   There is no immediate terrorism to intimidate and humiliate.  It’s silent or soft jihad, or as the Muslim Brotherhood describes it, civilization jihad.  It is imposed gradually and incrementally, after projecting a peaceful, moderate image to the public.  How do we know?

A Muslim Brotherhood document called “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the group in North America” was uncovered by the FBI in a 2004 raid on a terrorist safe house in Annandale, Virginia.  The document became key evidence in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing trial conducted by the Dept. of Justice in 2008.  The document outlined the Master Plan for the establishment of a global Islamic state in the U.S. “eliminating and destroying western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”  (To Conquer America, p. 2.)

The document includes a 5 phase plan to take control of the U.S. and establish a global caliphate, governed by Sharia.  It starts with organization.

“We are in a country which understands no language other than the language of the organizations, and one which does not respect or give weight to any group without effective, functional and strong organizations”  (Staver, green half sheet)

The best known organization created by the Muslim Brotherhood here is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), established in 1994, headquartered in Washington D. C.  (Sekulow, Sharia in America, p. 8-11). It masquerades as a civil rights/ charity organization with its spokespersons appearing on TV news programs looking non-threatening and well-spoken. (Conquer, p. 3)  CAIR sent my wife a nice copy of The Quran with a book mark of pleasant and respectful references from The Quran (only the weak sections).

The Brotherhood has also set up a vast network of educational, legal, social service and lobbying organizations aimed at advancing “Civilization Jihad.”

Another big part of their Master Plan is to co-opt America’s leadership by infiltrating all levels of society, including government agencies, higher education, schools and institutions, religious organizations to gain legitimacy.  Congressional hearings have revealed many of Pres. Obama’s top officials in Departments of Defense, State and Homeland Security are tied to the Brotherhood.

Infiltrate and dominate the U.S. Middle East studies programs.

Then there’s the escalation phase:  expand Muslim presence by birth rate, by massive immigration and by refusal to assimilate; occupy and expand domination of physical spaces; ensure the Muslim Community knows and follows Muslim Brotherhood doctrine; control the language America uses in describing Islam and terrorism (never using the word “Islam” in connection with terrorism).

Phase four is open public confrontation  with the government  to force compliance with Sharia at local levels; fight, resist, undermine all counterterrorism efforts;  subvert religious organizations; conduct lawfare by lawsuits and threats of lawsuits; claim victimization/demand accommodations; condemn as slander (and Islamophobia) all criticism of Islam;  demand the right to practice Sharia in segregated Muslim enclaves;  demand recognition of Sharia in non-Muslim spheres; confront and denounce Western society, laws and traditions;

Finally when critical mass is achieved, demand that Sharia replace U.S. law.  (Conquer, p. 5,6)

So in order to practice their religion, Muslim leaders demand Sharia compliance from us: set aside rooms for prayer in school and workplaces; special food (halal) be provided there; days off for Muslim holidays; head scarves at work and full body burkas for women in sports; no criticism of any aspect of Islam such as polygamy, jihad, honor killing, or wife-beating; welfare support for multiple wives; special treatment for Muslim women in hospitals; Sharia banking for the payment of the zakat, etc, etc, etc, (Warner, p. 41, 39)

What are we to do?

  1. Vote for Donald Trump. He will put the brakes on Muslim immigration. Hillary would accelerate it.
  1. Seven states have banned foreign laws. Sixteen other states are considering such legislation.  In 2015 legislation to declare American Laws for American Courts, to protect the rights and privileges granted under the U.S. Constitution and the Arkansas Constitution, was passed by the General Assembly in the state of Arkansas.  It was held up in the Judiciary Committee in the State Senate and died there.  It will be introduced again next year.  We can write our state legislators to support it.
  1. Finally we can pray that God would raise up leaders on local, country, state, and federal levels who will a) practice their oaths of office to uphold the constitutional republic they serve; b) oppose all efforts to ignore or destroy our founding principles as enshrined in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
  1. We can share our faith with Muslim neighbors. They may be as fearful of us as we are of their terrorists.  We can turn that around.  The power of love is greater than the power of fear.  They are taught about Isa in the Koran.  They don’t know that he died for them, and rose from the grave for them.  We can tell them the rest of the story.


Sources for this talk

Sharia Law for Non-Muslims Bill Warner, Center for the Study of Political Islam, 2010  (book)

To Conquer America through Civilization Jihad Secure Freedom, P.O. Box 1649, Merrifield, VA 2216-1649  (booklet)

The Muslim Brotherhood: America’s Trojan Horse Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel Action, P.O. Box 190, Forest, VA 24551  (leaflet)

Sharia in America, Threat to American Liberty Jay Sekulow, American Center for Law & Justice,  P.O. Box 90555, Washington, D.C. 20090-0555  (book)

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam Robert Spencer, Regnery Pub, Inc.  2005  (book)

The Radical Islamic Invasion of America, Americans for Constitutional Liberty, P.O. Box 1890  Merrifield, VA 22116-8090




Jul 222016


Finally what you’ve been waiting for! A face-off between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton!! No, it’s NOT SNL (Saturday Night Live). It IS TLL (Tuesday Lunch Live). Join us for this important and historical event on August 2nd from 11:30-1:00 at Charlie’s Pizza Pub located near the main entrance to Hot Springs Village. The face-off will be moderated by the HSVTP Foxy News Team … not to be confused with our rival network PMSNBC News. The moderation team will pose questions to both candidates on a number of the important issues of our day. Attendees are invited to come with questions of their own as well, as we do anticipate having opportunity for a few questions from the audience.

Just by showing up, before the fireworks even begin, you can learn the answers to these two burning questions:


orange pantsuitWill she wear orange?

trump orangeWill he wear orange?

The Hot Springs Village TEA Party invites you to come and participate. In the meantime you are invited to see how this 12 year old graduating 8th grader effectively brings presidential candidates to his middle school graduation ceremony.

Consider Attending Americans For Prosperity Convention In Orlando This Year


The 10th Annual Defending the American Dream Summit is headed to sunny Orlando, Florida! The event moves around the country each year and it’s a chance for thousands of defenders of freedom to come together to learn, be inspired, and celebrate liberty.

Hosted at the Orange County Convention Center, discover how to counter the policies of the left and get the training you need to help reform America.

Register for the 2016 Defending the American Dream Summit

Jul 212016


At the July Luncheon Program of  the Hot Springs Village TEA Party, HSV resident and community activist Mark Alspaugh addressed the possibility of pursuing adoption of a Property Owner’s Bill of Rights for Hot Springs Village referencing a model Homeowner’s Bill of Rights from AARP’s Public Policy Division.

Following Mark’s presentation, Gene Garner Provided an explanation of and an update on the “two-tier” lawsuit against the HSVPOA that he is a plaintiff in. A decision from a local Circuit Court judge was appealed, but since then has been taken up by the Arkansas Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruling is still pending.

Venue for this July 5, 2016 Hot Springs Village TEA Party monthly luncheon program is Charlie’s Pizza Pub, located near the entrance of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

Jun 202016

11:30-1:00 Tuesday, July 5th
at Charlie’s Pizza Pub
127 McNeely Circle
Hot Springs Village, AR


The July 5th HSVTP Luncheon Program


1) Property Owner’s Bill of Rights for HSVPOA?

HSV resident Mark Alspaugh will present AARP’s model BILL of RIGHTS for HOMEOWNERS in ASSOCIATIONS and discuss it’s possible application to Hot Springs Village.

Information on this topic from AARP’s Public Policy Institute is available here.

2) Two-Tiered Lawsuit Update by Gene Garner with Q&A

Hot Springs Village resident Gene Garner (co-plaintiff with Lynda Narug in the “two-tier” lawsuit awaiting a ruling on appeal from the Arkansas Supreme Court) will provide background and an overview of the case, including predictable wider repercussions of the Supreme Court decision to other communities. In addition he will provide a rare opportunity to answer audience questions following his presentation at this HSVTP luncheon program.

Interested citizens can review court filings and related documents here.

Jun 192016

Garland County Judge Rick Davis spoke FOR the June 28, 2016 Garland County Special Election sales tax and bond issue ballot measure.

Garland County Tax Alliance representative George Pritchett spoke AGAINST.

Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer Lorie Tudor made a presentation on behalf of the Highway Department (AHTD).

Hot Springs National Park Superintendent Josie Fernandez rounded out a 4-person Q&A panel giving the audience a unique opportunity to have their questions about this ballot measure addressed in this joint public forum.

Apr 032016

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton appeared before a receptive audience at a Town Hall Meeting at the Coronado Community Center in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas on April 1, 2016.

Senator Cotton spoke at some length about the “threat of Islamic terrorism” and the threat of the “Islamic State”, before addressing a number of other subjects. The Senator, speaking as usual without notes or a teleprompter, took several questions from the audience on a range of topics at the end of the meeting following his premeditated remarks.

Elvis Presley, Bishop Smith, & Willie Nelson at HSVTP

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Mar 022016

Rapper R.E. Smith Sr. throws one down for the HSV TEA Party.

HSV tribute performer Jerry Standridge gives Bishop Robert E. Smith, Sr. a Willie Nelson send-off from the Hot Springs Village TEA Party on March 1, 2016 … Primary Voting Day. Venue is Charlie’s Pizza Pub on Hwy 7 North outside the entrance to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Bishop Smith was featured speaker for this luncheon program. In part he spoke about social and spiritual issues challenging our country. He claims he knows whereof he speaks because “I used to be black”.

Clay Herrmann
HSVTP Chairman