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USMuslim vice-chair of Texas county GOP survives effort to oust him over his religion

17:15  11 january  2019
17:15  11 january  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Texas county GOP to vote on proposal to remove vice chairman because he is Muslim

Texas county GOP to vote on proposal to remove vice chairman because he is Muslim The proposal to remove Shahid Shafi from his post is being met with forceful opposition from Republicans on the county, state and national level.

Republicans in one of Texas ' most populous counties are scheduled to decide Thursday whether to remove a Muslim doctor as a party vice chairman amid infighting over some members' claims about his Ted Cruz and Land Commissioner George P. Bush, also had condemned the effort to oust him .

Texas GOP leaders have loudly condemned the effort to oust Shahid Shafi, a Muslim trauma surgeon, from his leadership post in the Tarrant County Republican Party. Some Republicans want to oust a Muslim doctor from his GOP leadership role — because he’s Muslim .

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An attempt by a faction of the Tarrant County Republican party in Texas to oust its vice-chairman because he is a Muslim failed in an emotional party vote Thursday night.

Shahid Shafi, a trauma surgeon and city council member, was backed in a 139-49 vote after more than two hours of closed door discussions. Cheers could be heard outside as the results were read.

dicine in the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 2009.

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A Texas county GOP 's faction seeks to remove 'unsuitable' Muslim vice chair . Tarrant county Republicans in Texas will vote Thursday on an effort by a faction to remove their vice chairman , Shahid Shafi, because he's Muslim . O’Brien says her effort to oust Shafi is not about his religion

Email exchanges involving county Republican leaders in Texas reveal efforts to remove Shafi, a party vice chairman because he's Muslim . Many top Texas Republicans including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Land Commissioner George P. Bush have condemned the efforts to oust Shafi.

As the meeting gathered Thursday night, one of his chief critics, Sara Legvold, former member of the Texas State Republican Executive Committee, stood outside dressed in a the lobby wearing a black burqa to underscore her opposition to Shafi's appointment.

“You already see it in the workplace where Muslims demand they’re able to wear their hijab and demand they get a prayer room,” she said, according to the Texas Tribune. “When was the last time a Christian was allowed to have a separate place to say their prayers?"

Shafi, a Muslim who was born in India and raised in Pakistan, studied medicine in the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 2009.

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Texas governor defends Muslim party official as GOP faction seeks his ouster. Email exchanges involving county Republican leaders in Texas reveal efforts to remove Shafi, a party Discrimination against Dr. Shafi b/c he’s Muslim is wrong. The Constitution prohibits any religious test for public

By fighting over whether to oust a Muslim surgeon as the county party’s vice chairman . The struggle was launched before the election by a She claims county Vice Chair Dr. Shahid Shafi is part of a Muslim conspiracy to take over the United States because a practicing Muslim follows Shariah law.

After the vote, Shafi said the campaign to oust him had been hard on him and his family, but that he felt no animosity toward his critics, the Star-Telegram reports.

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But his commitment to core GOP values hasn’t shielded him from ire within his own party. A group of Tarrant County Republicans will vote Thursday evening on whether to remove Shafi as vice - chairman of the county party after a small faction of members put forth a formal motion to oust him because

Greg Abbott on Wednesday criticized the Tarrant County GOP 's efforts to vote out a Muslim vice chair Republican leaders urge Tarrant County GOP to stop 'disgusting' efforts to oust Muslim vice Shafi denied the accusations in an open letter in November 2018, expressing his support for

"As an immigrant to this great country, I am honored and privileged to receive the support of my fellow Republicans," he told reporters. "We need to learn to trust each other so we can create a more perfect union everyday."

Darl Easton, the county chairman who originally appointed Shafi, said in a written statement that the vote reaffirmed the commitment by most Tarrant County Republicans "to our core values and moral compass, a demonstration of our allegiance to the Texas Republican Party Platform and the Constitutions of the United States and Texas, which strictly prohibit religious and racial discrimination of any kind."

“Religious liberty won tonight and while that makes a great day for the Republican Party of Tarrant County, that victory also serves notice that we have much work to do unifying our party,” he said.

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The Tarrant County Republican Party will vote Thursday on whether to oust vice - chairman A small group of Tarrant County Republicans are spearheading an effort to remove Shahid Shafi as vice - chair of Shafi, for his part, has denied allegations that he has any ties to the Muslim Brotherhood or the

Many Texas Republican leaders including Sen. Ted Cruz have condemned efforts to oust Shahid Shafi, who has denied allegations he favors Shariah Email exchanges involving county Republican leaders in Texas reveal efforts to remove Shafi, a party vice chairman because he's Muslim .

Shafi had won the support of Texas state Republicans including Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen.Ted Cruz and Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

"Religious freedom is at the core of who we are as a nation and state," Abbott said in a statement this week, "and attacks on Dr. (Shahid) Shafi because of his faith are contrary to this guiding principle."

The Texas GOP executive committee has also rallied to Shafi's cause, passing a non-discrimination resolution that affirms and supports “all Americans’ right to practice their religion … and recognizes the contributions of Republicans of every faith who advance conservative policies and ideals.”

The bid to oust Sharif is led by Dorrie O'Brien, precinct chairman in Grand Prairie, who said the issue is not religion, but whether Shafi supports Sharia law and is linked to "Islamic terror groups."

“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," O'Brien wrote on Facebook.

Sharia is not a state-based set of laws, rather it is a body of Koran-based guidance that directs Muslims toward living an Islamic life.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Muslim vice-chair of Texas county GOP survives effort to oust him over his religion

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