A watered-down statement was adopted at a second Villa Park “special meeting” in regards to Councilwoman Deborah Pauly’s statements at a banquet benefiting the Islamic Circle of North America in Yorba Linda.
Pauly called local Muslims “terrorists” and said she knew “quite a few Marines who would be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise,” which were considered as possible ‘death threats’ to Muslims by some of the council members.
The statement passed reads:
“Comments made by Villa Park City Council members in public do not represent the City of Villa Park unless made with City Council approval.The Villa Park City Council and the community supports the Constitutional right to freedom of religion. We also condemn violence and threats of violence, and terrorism and threats of terrorism. Furthermore, we oppose any individual or group whose opinion runs counter to these values.”
The original draft referred directly to Pauly. The statement issued passed 4-1 with councilman Bill MacAloney voting against it.
After the vote was taken, Mayor Ulmer asked Pauly to apologize for her remarks. She refused.