Friday, January 11, 2019

Texas County Republicans Keep Muslim Doctor As Vice Chairman

Texas Tribune reports that the precinct chairs of the Tarrant County, Texas Republican Party last night rejected by a vote of 139-49 an attempt to remove trauma surgeon Shahid Shafi as vice-chairman of the county Republican Party. A small faction had attempted to remove Shafi because he is a Muslim.  They argued that he did not represent all Tarrant County Republicans because he is a Muslim, and that Islamic ideologies are opposed to the U.S. Constitution.  A former county precinct chair had sat outside the meeting wearing a burqa which, she said, represented "the Islamization of our county, our state and our country."  Shafi's defenders say the vote for religious liberty.