In a contentious Raleigh City Council meeting yesterday that included passionate comments by pro-life citizens, one Council member decided her role as a “public servant” is to only listen to views she agrees with.
Council member Stef Mendell turned her chair to not face Buboltz as he spoke.
“First I would like to say that, Stef Mendell, it is disgusting that you would turn your back on us and on these babies,” he said addressing the council. “It is. It isn’t disrespectful to me. It is disrespectful to my God. And my God is all powerful. The Almighty God, the one who created the universe. You will stand accountable.”
As he finished his sentence, Mendell stood up and left the chambers to the applause of many in the meeting room. While she was out of the room, Buboltz asked each council member “if they stand for this child killing.”
When asked about the incident after the meeting, Mendell said “It is a free country and everyone has the right to speak and say what they want to say. But by the same token I have the right to not listen to what I don’t want to.” (emphasis added)
Ironically, her profile page includes this boast: “She ran on a platform promoting neighborhood vitality and citizen engagement. Stef welcomes progress, innovation, and growth, but believes that healthy growth results only after good-faith consideration of all points of view” (emphasis added)