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Villa Park councilwoman's controversial Muslim remarks bring unwanted attention to town

March 24, 2011 | 10:01 am

Deborah Pauly. Weeks after a Villa Park City Council member spoke outside an Islamic charity event -- referring to it as "pure, unadulterated evil" -- the city remains the focus of heated controversy and protests.

Residents call Villa Park the "Hidden Jewel." Bound on all sides by the city of Orange, this 2.1-square-mile city is something of a well-kept Orange County secret, they say: affluent, welcoming, conservative and quiet.

Councilwoman Deborah Pauly was captured on video, speaking outside a community center in nearby Yorba Linda, where an Islamic charity event was being held. "What's going on over there right now … that is pure, unadulterated evil," Pauly said. "I know quite a few Marines who will be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise."

The video has sparked protests and on Tuesday hundreds of protesters showed up at the council chambers to call for her resignation. She remained defiant: "This is an act of terrorism in our city."

Mayor Richard Ulmer, who emphasized that he was speaking as a resident and not an elected official, said he felt Pauly's words brought unwanted attention to the city.

"We see this event as being very unfortunate," he said. "As a community, we don't want to be connected to those words."

Read the full story: Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly ignites controversy with speech at Islamic charity event


Hundreds protest anti-Muslim remarks by Villa Park councilwoman

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Photo: Deborah Pauly. Credit: City of Villa Park