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Protesters gather at Villa Park City Hall, decry anti-Muslim comments by councilwoman

Villa Park protest Protesters gathered outside the Villa Park City Hall on Tuesday to decry comments made by a councilwoman last month at a Muslim event in Yorba Linda, according to a KTLA report.  

The protesters carried American flags and chanted, "I am a Muslim, I am not a terrorist."

They were referring to comments made by Councilwoman Deborah Pauly, who characterized Muslims as evil.

Pauly also said U.S. Marines were "helping these terrorists make an early meeting in Paradise," according to video footage of last month's  event for the Islamic Circle of North American Relief USA.

Deborah Pauly "Make no bones about it, that is pure unadulterated evil," Pauly said in the video as she motioned in the direction of the building hosting the benefit event. "I don't even care if you think I'm crazy anymore."

Protest organizer Nadia Hassan told KTLA that Pauly was "perpetrating hate in our city." He called on her to retract her statement and offer a public apology.

Also Tuesday, a San Pedro man pleaded not guilty to a charge of threatening Pauly on Facebook in response to her comments at the benefit.


Man pleads not guilty to charge that he threatened councilwoman who protested Muslim gathering in O.C.

Photos: (Top) Protesters at Villa Park City Hall. Credit: KTLA. (Bottom) Councilwoman Deborah Pauly. Credit: City of Villa Park.

-- Robert J. Lopez
Twitter: @LAJourno

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I have no issue with what she said. She's right.

who allowed these muslims into this country?

Simple enough equation...
Muslim = Terrorist
Terrorist = Muslim

We're done here!

What is happening to Los Angeles' identity as a diverse, culturally tolerant metropolis? This would be out of line even in a tiny bible-belt town, let alone the second largest city in America.

Muslims have been in this country for hundreds of years. Also, a Muslim country was one of the first countries to recognize the sovereignty of the United States at its birth. The Founding Fathers had many favorable words towards Muslims as well.

You mean who let these Americans have freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly? That would be the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which you all hate. Hundreds of thousands of Americans, and non-Americans fought and died for those principles that you would deny your fellow Americans.

As a Jew, I find it hard to find the words to tell you how much I deplore what you are saying and what this Ms. Pauly said. What she said, and what you are saying is how it began in Germany in the 1930's. Don't look away; it is true. It started with hate speech, words like yours, and when there were enough people who engaged in your kind of hate speech, the Nazis felt safe enough to take action against the Jews, because they knew that nobody would lift a finger. They weren't entirely right, but they were right enough.

You have taken the first step in that direction. Turn back. Remember the Constitution by which we live, which we swear an oath to protect and defend when elected or join the military, and to which all courts look as guidance in judging all cases and laws.

We all are Americans.

I'm no fan of large conservative organized religions that are prone to have spin-offs with cultish impostors, like Christianity and especially, Islam. But to equate all members of such a large and diverse faith as evil terrorists is naive and ignorant. Even in predominantly Muslim countries, only 15% of Muslims are thought to be Islamists, and of those, an even smaller percentage would resort to violence in the name of their distorted "faith". Here in America, the majority of Muslim-Americans that come from Arabic countries are here in part to escape the same political terrorists (the Islamists) that we also fear.

I don't think Pauly is crazy, just fearful and ignorant. But her words do nothing to prevent the hatred and terror she fears; instead she is likely to spur a few more on-the-fence extremist candidates over the edge into radicalism.

Using her logic, all Christians are terrorists too; the Oklahoma City bombers, attackers at reproductive health clinics, murderers of abortion providers, killers of blacks in the south in the 60's, etc. It's never good to paint an entire group with a single brush.

I've been around long enough to hear similar comments made about Catholics, Jews, Mormons, and Southern Baptists.

Just because you have a right to freedom of speech doesn't give you the right to incite violence with your words, which is what she was basically doing, by going to a muslim event to speak her rant. She is a public figure. She needs to think before opening that mouth of hers.

Every religion has it's "radicals" and its peaceful members. For those of you who don't remember, the so-called Christian Crusades were based on the same retoric! My guess is this is exactly how Hitler sounded when he expressed his views about Jewish people.

In my humble opinion, the only evil coming forth is from this deranged woman's mouth.

William Caloia, you are an idiot. You take a complicated equation and boil it down to grade-school math.

Not all Muslims are terrorists or evil. What a fool.

How the hell do you have no issue? She was blatantly racist. She generalized that all muslims are terrorists which is obviously not true.

It's people like this that make me embarrassed to be associated with other close minded americans.

NPR executives mock Christians and Christianity and all the left can do is yawn.

If peace loving Muslims would spend their time protesting the terrorist Muslims, or at least speak out against them, People wouldn't think they are like kind. Silence is just as bad as being on the side of these evil types. If I was a peace loving Muslim I would definetly have someway to disconnect myself from the evil ones.

... Maybe they're not gonna post my comment?

Siraj Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik-Ali were speaking at this event. That's who Pauly is talking about. That's who the crowd is protesting

It's edited to make her look terrible, like she's talking about all muslims. She's not -- she's talking about Siraj Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik-Ali.

this event does not deny that Siraj Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik-Ali were speaking there.

look up Siraj Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik-Ali. these are NOT GOOD GUYS.


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