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Hundreds protest anti-Muslim remarks by Villa Park councilwoman

March 23, 2011 |  9:15 am

Orange County's smallest city was still reeling Wednesday from a demonstration at Villa Park City Hall, where hundreds gathered outside a city council meeting to protest anti-Muslim remarks made by Councilwoman Deborah Pauly.

“Pauly, Pauly, Pauly has got to go,” chanted those who could not get into the packed council chambers Tuesday night.

They were upset about comments Pauly made last month outside the Yorba Linda Community Center during a Muslim charity event. Pauly, vice chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County, had joined a protest there, referring to the activities being held inside as “unadulterated evil.”

“As a matter of fact, I know quite a few Marines who will be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise,” she said.

Yorba Linda resident Khaled Fouad, who attended the city council meeting Tuesday, said his mother’s car was vandalized after Pauly’s remarks. Someone placed a page from the Koran on the dashboard and wrote the letter “F” on it, he said.

“I just want to tell her that her actions and words encouraged violence,” Fouad said of Pauly. “She has influence on people and she needs to be careful of what she encourages people to do.”

Pauly’s speech went viral on YouTube, with thousands of views.

Newport Beach resident Eric Oatman, 24, said he attended Tuesday's rally because he wanted to support Muslims and denounce ignorance and racism in Orange County.

Pauly supporters also gathered outside City Hall. Although they were few, their voices were heard.

“Where’s your war medal? Go back home!” yelled an anti-Muslim protestor.

A few young Muslim men and women broke out in song in response, intoning the national anthem and “God Bless America.”

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-- Mona Shadia, Daily Pilot / Times Community News

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