[UPDATE: OC Democrats Blast Pauly] Video Captures Protesters, Politicians Berating Muslims at Yorba Linda Charity Function
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UPDATE, MARCH 25, 4:40 P.M.: The Democratic Party of Orange County has weighed in on Villa Park City Councilwoman's Deborah Pauly's harsh remarks at an anti-Muslim rally in Yorba Linda last month. (Welcome to the party, folks!)
As you might expect from a party philosophically opposite of a teabagger and Orange County Republican Party vice chairwoman like Pauly, they don't exactly applaud her in the statement after the jump . . .
Statement Condemning Comments Made by Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly
The Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) strongly condemns the venomous words and threats spoken on Feb. 13, 2011, by Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly, at a rally protesting an ICNA relief event in Yorba Linda. Ms. Pauly also serves as the First Vice President of the Orange County Republican Party.
Councilwoman Pauly characterized the event and those who attended (some with small children) as "sheer, unadulterated evil." She further threatened the attendees by stating that her US Marine Corps son and other Marines would be willing to "help those terrorists to an early meeting in Paradise."
The foundation of our democracy lies in the people's freedom of speech and certainly Ms. Pauly's reprehensible remarks are included in those rights.
However, the Constitution also provides the right of people to peacefully assemble without threat or intimidation by the government. The Constitution also provides the right of people to exercise their religion without interference by the government by threat or intimidation.
Ms. Pauly was allowed to speak at the rally only because of her official position as an elected councilwoman and as an officer of the Republican Party. So her comments were more than rhetoric by a mere person who chose to inflame and to incite.
As an elected official, Councilwoman Deborah Pauly acted under the color of State law to threaten and intimidate citizens who have constitutional rights, privileges and immunities of assembly and religion. Her actions constitute a misuse of authority and maybe a violation of both federal and state law.
|Photo by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly|
When Nadia Hassan, wearing a hijab, gets to the part in her letter (previously presented in this post; scroll down some) in which she mentions Councilwoman and Orange County GOP Vice Chairwoman Deborah Pauly "disgraced our city, our country and our United States Marines," Hassan offers an aside.
She discloses she is the daughter of a U.S. Marine who fought for this country in Korea.
Watch Hassan's address to the Villa Park City Council below:
|Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly|
About 50 of those shoutin' and sign-holdin' were there to support poison-tongued City Councilwoman and Orange County GOP Vice Chairwoman Deborah Pauly, who started all this with an appearance in a video posted on YouTube by the Council of American Islamic Relations-LA (CAIR-LA) office in Anaheim. It shows her spewing hate and death wishes at Americans of the Islamic persuasion.
But that's not what Pauly meant to say, she doth protested, claiming she regretted people have taken her comments out of context because what she was trying to say was she only wished death on two Muslim speakers at a charity event.
That's as close as you're getting to an apology, folks. The Islamic Circle of North America, which hosted February's Yorba Linda charity event whose speakers produced the rally outside that Pauly helped to lead, says that's not enough.
A formal apology and official city reprimand are what some protesters demanded, although CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush says the main point of the march, vigil and seizure of the public-comments section of the council meeting was to show Pauly, her colleagues and the world that Muslims enjoy community support.
The City Council met earlier this month and did pass a resolution making it clear the remarks council members make in public do not reflect the beliefs or desires of the city--except when they do.
Pauly's name was removed from the final draft.
As for Tuesday night's spectacle, there was a lot of shouting back and forth, with words getting as heated as those hurled during February's Muslim hate rally, but no arrests were made by the more than 20 sheriff's deputies on hand to keep the peace.
UPDATE, MARCH 22, 11:30 P.M.: Here's a slideshow of the night's activities: Protesters, counterprotesters, Councilwoman Pauly herself and everyone in between.
UPDATE, MARCH 22, 6:55 P.M.: We're out here at the march, and our photographer Christopher Victorio estimates around 300 protesters have showed up, along with 30-plus deputies. Here is a photo:
|Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly|
UPDATE, MARCH 22, 5:29 P.M.: Tonight's Villa Park City Council meeting is not scheduled to open to the public until 7 p.m., but things are already heating up.
The Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) announced this afternoon that a San Pedro man has been charged with threatening violence against City Councilwoman Deborah Pauly via Facebook.
Meanwhile, an Islamic-rights group released a transcript of Pauly's death wish for Muslims at a Yorba Linda rally in February.
Paul Dean Andrews, 27, of San Pedro, faces one felony count of threatening a public official and a maximum sentence of three years in state prison, if convicted. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail before a pretrial hearing scheduled for March 30 in Santa Ana.
"A protective order has been issued prohibiting Andrews from having any contact with the victim [Pauly]," adds the OCDA.
Andrews, angered by Pauly's remarks, allegedly sent her a message via Facebook threatening violence with weapons, according to prosecutors, who say the councilwoman and county GOP vice chairwoman reported the threats to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which placed Andrews under arrest Monday.
The OCDA statement on the charges follows:
March 22, 2011
MAN ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF THREATENING VIOLENCE AGAINST VILLA PARK CITY COUNCILWOMAN IN WRITING OVER FACEBOOK
SANTA ANA - A man has been arraigned on charges of threatening violence against a Villa Park City Councilwoman by sending her a message on Facebook. Paul Dean Andrews, 27, San Pedro, is charged with one felony count of threatening a public official and faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted. Andrews is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on March 30, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-57, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. A protective order has been issued prohibiting Andrews from having any contact with the victim.
On Feb. 13, 2011, Villa Park City Councilwoman D. Pauly was among many protesters who gathered outside a benefit for Islamic Circle of North American Relief USA, being held at a Yorba Linda community center. Other public officials including Congressmen Ed Royce (R-CA40) and Gary Miller (R-CA42) also spoke and attended the rally. The protest was covered by the media and the public officials'' comments were posted on various websites including YouTube and REDDIT.
Pauly is serving her second term as Villa Park City Councilwoman. She was last elected in November 2010. She is also an elected Republican Member of the County Central Committee of the 60th Assembly District. She was last elected to that position in June 2010.
On March 3, 2011, Andrews is accused of becoming angry at Pauly over comments she had made at the February 2011 protest. The defendant is accused of threatening Pauly by sending her a message on Facebook, including threatening violence against her with weapons. He is accused of making the threats using his personal Facebook account with his picture.
The victim, fearing for her safety, reported the threat to the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), who investigated this case. Andrews was arrested yesterday, March 21, 2011, by OCSD.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.
Here are the Pauly statements that allegedly riled up Andrews, courtesy of the Council on American Islamic Relations-LA (CAIR-LA) office in Anaheim:
Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly's Speech at the Yorba Linda Community Center Rally
Feb. 13, 2011
Transcript courtesy of CAIR-LA
"Thank you, Karen, I'm not married to a 25-year old. I'm really glad to be here, and I'm very glad to see all of you here. The first thing I want to do is I want to commend the City of Yorba Linda, yes, their mayor Nancy Rikel and my good friend John Anderson, they're both good friends of mine, actually are handling a very difficult situation with a lot of grace and dignity and really more tolerance then these unwelcomed invaders deserve.
"The timing of this is no accident, I believe that, it has a lot to do with them feeling very emboldened by what's going on in the world right now, and by the 11 members of the Muslim Student Union who disrupted a peaceful gathering at UCI being charged by the District Attorney and having to answer for their actions. I want to commend you all for being here because you realize the seriousness of the situation we're facing. It's no accident also that they are here in Yorba Linda in the heart of conservative territory. They are here for a reason. They are baiting us, they are baiting us and they are daring us to challenge them and to call them out for what they are doing. That's the way they operate. I remember as a young Airman stationed at Clark Airbase, the Muslim extremist were up in the mountains of Mindanao training at that time in early 1980s and every once in a while, out of nowhere, they would come down out of the mountains and the one road between Clark Airbase and Carmenville where most of the officers and their families lived. They would just take somebody out, target practice, if you will. What a chilling experience that is. But you know that was 30 years ago, that was on the other side of the world and so it just didn't seem to matter that much to me it was over there, right? Folks, it is now right here on our doorstep and we better take a stand. This is a very scary time. I'm going to tell you something I have known about this, and it has been on my heart for a long time but I have been afraid to speak up because they want you to be afraid. They want you to be afraid of them, they want you to be afraid of being called intolerant or prejudiced or crazy. That's exactly how they operate with intimidation, oppression, threats of violence, rumors of violence, violence, well-publicized beheadings, stoning of women who are disobedient, disobedient women how many of you are out there (raises her hand ). They operate by instilling fear which is the antithesis of the freedom and everything that America stands for, the America I know stands for freedom, not fear. Fear our Creator, the same creator referenced in our Declaration of Independence tells us repeatedly in the Holy Scriptures to fear not, fear not. Why does God have to say that so often because he knows the world can be a very scary place where good is pitted against evil. Let me tell you what's going over there right now make no bones about it that is pure unadulterated evil.
"When you are confronting evil, fear not. I turn to the Lord for strength and courage and I say I can't be quiet anymore and neither can you. Make no mistake my friends. Exactly what we are confronting here is evil and the weapons of evil, including lies and deception. You saw this flier [holds up flier for Muslim charity event], look at this flier. They're talking about, uhhhh, protecting disaster response and relief and women's housing and hunger prevention and family counseling, medical aid and emergency financial support and funeral and burial assistance. Oh my goodness, aren't they wonderful? Let me tell you, $25 a head for 300 people, that's $7,500. They had to rent the community center. They're providing dinner and babysitting. How much money are they actually going to be raising? That's not what they're here for, that is not! They won't even be able to provide for even one burial. It's really disgusting to me that they use deception but we shouldn't be surprised by that at all. The flier is deceptive. You know what? This is the bad seed [points to Yorba Linda Community Center] make no mistake and you all know what I'm talking about. This is the bad seed, and we are in the middle of a fight for our lives, the fight for the future of our country. If these people that are gathering right now as I'm speaking to you were the altruistic, peace-loving relief agency that this flier claims them to be, they would be condemning these terrorist instigators and instead of inviting them to be their keynote speakers. Those of you who are gathered here you know what's going on but I want to tell you something, you are rare in America. Most Americans have no idea what's going on right now and part of the reason why we have been quiet, those of us who know what's going on have been cowed, cowed into silence out of fear. And I'm telling you, we cannot afford to do that anymore. We have to go out and speak to our friends and our neighbors.
"We need to make sure everyone knows and I don't even care. I don't even care if you think I'm crazy anymore because I have, I have a beautiful daughter I have a wonderful 19-year old son who's a United States Marine. As a matter of fact, I know quite a few Marines who will be very happy to help these terrorists to an early, uh, meeting in paradise. The thing that really scares me, this is the thing that really bothers me because they are using the goodness that is America against us. Our freedom of religion, we believe in freedom, you can practice religion or not, this one or that, we don't care or you can practice no religion at all. That is fine. But that is not what they believe. You will be Muslim or you won't be anymore. That is not freedom. They use our freedom of assembly against us. They are using that freedom to invade the peaceful City of Yorba Linda on a Sunday knowing fully well what they're doing. They are using our freedom of speech against us. They are free to speak but if we say anything about it, they claim that we are suppressing their right to free speech. Make no mistake my friends, these who are assembling are enemies of America. They are your enemy. They are my enemy because they seek to destroy it, they seek to destroy our way of life and everything we stand for. Radical Muslims warned us before 9/11, I don't know how many of you remember that but they told us they were going to destroy us from within and they are doing that, that's exactly what they're doing. Because America is more than its buildings or its monuments or its economy or its resources, it's even more than its people. America is an ideal. It's the ideal of freedom, freedom, freedom. And, it is a freedom worth fighting to protect. It is a freedom worth fighting to defend and everyone here right now needs to pick a side. We must stand strong together. We must speak the truth boldly. We must resist evil because if you resist it, it will flee from you. I pray at 6 p.m. everyday, and I invite you all to stop wherever you are and pray that God keeps his hand of protection over our country, that he protects all of our men and women in the military, that he protects you for speaking out, that he protects me and everyone who stood on this stage today. God bless you, God bless America, thank you for your time."
UPDATE, MARCH 22, 9:58 A.M.: Learning the Orange County Sheriff's Department will beef up police presence at today's Villa Park City Council meeting, it would be easy to assume that came at the request of Islamaspooked Councilwoman Deborah Pauly.
After all, a whopping two Muslim residents of Villa Park announced they will confront her during public comments over her death-to-Muslims remarks at February's anti-Muslim rally in Yorba Linda.
Good lord, break out the riot gear!
But the police protection is actually aimed at ensuring safe entry for the residents. That's right: Citizens will need a police escort into enter their city's council chambers to address their representatives, especially after the ugly display outside the charity event in Yorba Linda.
God bless Deborah Pauly's America!