This is important,” she told the Council. “It’s very simple, but it’s very powerful and I’d ask you to give it consideration.”
Mullins also said "considering the time we’re in" was especially important to take this action.
One alderman, Steve Duesterhaus (D-2nd Ward) asked Mullins what she meant by ‘considering the time we’re in.’
Mullins, obviously nervous in her first appearance before the body, said “To show more respect.”
“Are you saying we don’t show respect now?” Duesterhaus asked. “Are you aware that when we take office we swear an oath to uphold the Constitution?”
Mullins, a 66-year-old retiree who now works part-time for the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, said she was surprised by the alderman’s reaction.
“I thought it was interesting and certainly not what I expected,” she said. “I expected something about their concerns of the sensitivity of saying ‘One Nation Under God’ or something…All I really intended to do was say that this was a good thing to do.
Other aldermen thanked Mullins for her efforts.