Texas leaders urge county GOP to stop efforts to oust Muslim vice-chairman
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Republican leaders across Texas are criticizing an attempt within the Tarrant County GOP to remove a Muslim man from a leadership post. Land Commissioner George P. Bush tweeted
a condemnation of the effort to oust Shahid Shafi on Friday morning, saying that Republicans must “stop tearing down our own if we are to keep Texas red.”
A day earlier, Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak sent a letter urging his Tarrant County counterpart, Darl Easton, to reject the “bigoted effort” to remove Shafi.
The Republican Party of Texas authored a resolution supporting Shafi and calling for the Tarrant County party members to adhere to a platform "preserving religious liberty for all
When Shafi was named a vice chairman July 14, Easton said, the appointment was ratified with little objection. The following day, however, he began receiving communications
opposing the appointment on the basis of Shafi's religion.
One of the messages came from precinct chair Dorrie O'Brien, who has made repeated, unsupported claims that Shafi is a proponent of Shariah law and connected to terrorist-affiliated
groups. O'Brien is an active member of ACT for America, an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as an anti-Muslim hate group.
Shafi, a trauma surgeon who has been on Southlake's City Council since 2014, published an open letter in November denying the accusations and making a case for his being a patriot
and loyal Republican. The calls for Shafi's removal resulted in a closed-door meeting on the subject Nov. 10, and the Tarrant County GOP executive committee is scheduled to vote on
the potential removal in January.
A common thread in many Republicans’ statements in support of Shafi is that local attempts to oust an official based on religion will smear the party’s name. “Regardless of whether
he’s removed or not, we’ve got a long-lasting label,” Easton said. “Just the fact that there was a movement to remove him is embarrassing.”
religious liberty for me not thee
To be fair, other Republicans are pushing back against his ousting because they're able to see more than one step ahead. Whether they're doing it for righteous or selfish reason is debatable, but it's interesting to see Texas Republicans fracturing. Individual 1 is going to leave a lasting legacy for the GOP, but it's to be decided if they will continue his vision or reject it. Supporters are definitely emboldened by him.
I like how their argument against this isn't the fact that it's illegal and disgusting discrimination, but that it's not beneficial to the party's dominance.
Look at the other news articles today, they're fully acknowledging they don't see Democrats as a legitimate party and wanna be a one party state. Can we just skip to the point where congressmen are beating each
Texas GOP activist leader
The Texas GOP platform drafter is an avowed white nationalist...
weird because Texas is a state founded by minorities/non-whites. the name "Texas" comes from the Spanish word "Tejas", which is a term used to describe the Teya's, a native tribe who roamed the midlands for hundreds of years. historically, Texans have also been anti-racism as well. Texan leaders urged against secession in the 1860's for that reason, among others. Jim Crow laws existed in Texas, but among them were statues which dictated that both bathrooms/coaches/diners had to be equal in quality. Texas just isn't the place for white supremacists, as we're a state built by and founded upon the values of minority groups.
If they can't be good for honorable reasons, I'll accept them being good out of their own self-interest.
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