Under-fire India-born Republican Muslim leader says he puts America first

Elias Hubbard
Января 11, 2019

But his commitment to core GOP values hasn't shielded him from ire within his own party.

Dr Shahid Shafi has the support of the Republican leadership in Texas but his fate along with that of the party's future depends on members who will vote.

"We don't think he's suitable as a practising 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 USA", O'Brien wrote in a January 1 post.

They say that 53-year-old Shafi is a practising Muslim and Islamic ideology runs counter to the USA constitution. "And unfortunately, I don't think it will be the last either". 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. In a series of lengthy Facebook posts, O'Brien wrote that she "never doubted" her side has "the votes to rescind Shahid Shafi's ratification as vice chair".

"Discrimination against Dr. Shafi [because] he's Muslim is wrong", Cruz said in a December tweet.

The effort has not only caused a rift among Tarrant County Republicans, but has also threatened their funding as several top donors are hesitant to associate with a party seen as discriminating against a leader based on his faith.

George P. Bush, grandson of George H.W. Bush and Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, encouraged people to vote to keep Shafi.

Sen. Cruz condemned the party's decision to vote on the ouster. "So when this controversy arose because of a small number of people at the fringes of our party, it's been really very - they're doing a disservice to our party". "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 said.

He said it was unclear whether Thursday's vote will happen in public, behind closed doors or be delayed indefinitely, Mr Easton said.

Shafi, who became a US citizen in 2009, has repudiated allegations that he favors Sharia law over the American court system.

Shafi, who came to the U.S.in 1990 and became a naturalized citizen in 2009, has repeatedly defended himself against the attacks on his religion.

"Here are the facts".

"I believe that the laws of our nation are our Constitution and the laws passed by our elected legislatures".

A small group of Tarrant County Republicans are spearheading an effort to remove Shahid Shafi as vice-chair of their party after accusing him of supporting Sharia law, opposing Israel, and having ties to terrorists on the basis of his Islamic faith.

"My fellow Republicans have demonstrated that we remain the party of Lincoln and Reagan, which is open to all Americans, regardless of their religion, caste, creed, color, ethnicity or country of origin".

"Rest assured, this grotesque battle over whether a Muslim - any Muslim, evidently - can be a good American or party functionary has done more damage to the Tarrant County GOP than any external threat ever could", said the Star-Telegram in a January 6 editorial.

"The Klan argued that if you're a Catholic, you obviously put the pope before the country so how could you be an American leader?"

Texas Republicans are not known for being sympathetic of minorities, but the Tarrant County GOP may have raised the bar on intolerance. Konni Burton of Colleyville. "The only press the Tarrant GOP has gotten with Darl at the helm is bad press", the petition states. "I don't know how serious they were about it, though".

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