Texas Republicans may oust this party leader because he isn’t a Christian

Texas Republicans defend county GOP leader as group pushes to oust him because he is Muslim

Texas Republicans defend county GOP leader as group pushes to oust him because he is Muslim

For the past few months, several colleagues in GOP, or the Grand Old Party as the Republican Party is known, have led a campaign for his removal from his leadership role.

Shafi, a father, trauma surgeon, United States citizen, and immigrant from India, said the group calling for his ouster is working against America's values and the Republican party. Because he's a Muslim.

"This is, unfortunately, not the first time that people or my political opponents have tried to use my religion against me to distract the voters. And unfortunately, I don't think it will be the last either", Mr Shafi told The Washington Post.

The Tarrant County Republican Party is scheduled to decide Thursday whether to keep Shahid Shafi, who was appointed vice chairman of the county GOP in July. They seem surprised to find out they aren't wanted, despite being sent a very clear message that they aren't welcome.

"We don't think he's suitable as a practicing Muslim to be vice chair because he'd be the representative for ALL Republicans in Tarrant County, and not ALL Republicans in Tarrant County think Islam is safe or acceptable in the U.S", Dorrie O'Brien, a member of the GOP's executive committee, said on Facebook.

Shafi, for his part, has denied allegations that he has any ties to the Muslim Brotherhood or the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

"Here are the facts". He also asserted that he supports the US courts and systems of law and that he has never promoted Sharia law.

Dr. Shahid Shafi, vice chair of the Tarrant County Republican Party, speaks at a committee meeting on December 1, 2018, in Austin, Texas. She didn't have much to say to the FOX 4 cameras, only saying no comment as she headed inside while wearing an American flag sweater. O'Brien, who has said that her faction has enough votes to prevail, claims that her concerns have nothing to do with Shafi's religion. "Majority already have a prejudice against Muslims, and a lot of that comes from the attack on 9/11 and the Sharia law they claim all Muslims must obey", Easton told The Texas Tribune.

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Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush also became involved, tweeting, "I urge the Tarrant County GOP to stop this attempt to remove a hardworking county party official based on religious beliefs".

Sen. Cruz condemned the party's decision to vote on the ouster. Feel-good statements like the one issued by Republican leaders mean nothing when they're also insinuating that most Muslims are terrorists and should be banned from entering the country.

Republicans are set to vote on Shahid Shafi's fate as vice chair of a Texas county after a minority expressed distrust over a practising Muslim of Pakistani origin representing constituents.


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Jeremi Suri, a professor of public affairs and history at the University of Texas at Austin, said claims that Shafi's religion impede his ability to work with the Republican party are "completely unfounded".

Bradford said that O'Brien later put forward the motion to have him removed from his position. "The only press the Tarrant GOP has gotten with Darl at the helm is bad press", the petition states.

"As long as someone is a US citizen, has obeyed the laws of the country, paid their taxes and so forth, they have an equal right to be involved in city, county, state or national government", Easton said.

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