TX GOP Votes On Muslim Official
First reported by Newsweek.com
- Republicans in Tarrant County, Texas are holding a vote on whether to allow a Muslim man to serve as a party official.
- Local surgeon Shahid Shafi was named the party’s vice chairman last year, but another party official, Dorrie O’Brien, claims that Shafi is not ‘suitable’ for the position as a ‘practicing Muslim’.
- O’Brien’s push has been condemned by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who called it ‘discrimination’. Another party official said it was based on an ‘unfounded’ fear of Muslims.
- Shafi is a Pakistani native who moved to the U.S. in 1990 and became a citizen in 2009.
- Will Shafi be ousted?
- Would it constitute discrimination if he were?
- Which part of this story seems the most surprising to you?
As the House of Representatives welcomes its first two Muslim congresswomen, Texas Republicans will vote on Thursday over whether to remove Tarrant County Republican party vice-chair Shahid Shafi from his seat because he identifies as a Muslim-American.
The vote comes after some members of the county party put forth a motion to remove Shafi, a Republican trauma surgeon and Southlake City councilman, from his position due to his Islamic beliefs.
Dorrie O’Brien, a precinct chair, expressed fear that Shafi would uphold Islamic law over the U.S. constitution and that he might be related “to Islamic terror groups.”
— David P Gelles (@gelles) January 10, 2019
A proposal to remove a Texas county GOP leader from his post because he is Muslim is being met with forceful opposition from Republicans on the county, state and national level, ahead of a vote this week https://t.co/G28y7WnIfk pic.twitter.com/x5mtVWsBnF
— CNN (@CNN) January 10, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) January 10, 2019
Council on American-Islamic Relations communications director Ibrahim… https://t.co/he7AWeNhHo
— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) January 10, 2019