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    Texas Republicans clash over efforts to oust Muslim county official - UPDATE, post 4

    Texas Republicans clash over efforts to oust Muslim county official
    Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    By Kaitlyn Schallhorn | Fox News

    Texas Republicans are battling over a local faction’s efforts to oust a GOP county official over his Muslim religious beliefs.

    Republicans in Tarrant County – one of the most populous counties in Texas – are set to vote on whether to remove Dr. Shahid Shafi from his position as the party’s vice chair Thursday.

    Shafi, a trauma surgeon and Southlake city councilman born in India and raised in Pakistan, was appointed as the county party’s vice chair in July, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Since Precinct Chairman Dorrie O’Brien has led efforts to reconsider his appointment as she’s contended his religious beliefs are not in line with those he represents in Tarrant County.

    “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 in the U.S., in Tarrant County, and in the TCGOP, and there are big questions surrounding exactly where Dr. Shafi’s loyalties lie, vis a vis Democrat and Republican policies,” O’Brien wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. She has frequently posted on social media about her efforts to remove Shafi and criticizing his religious background.

    Shafi, who became a U.S. citizen in 2009, has repudiated allegations that he favors Sharia law over the American court system. He’s denied any connections to terrorist organizations or the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Despite the push from some in the Tarrant County GOP, Shafi has gotten support from more prominent Republicans, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

    “Discrimination against Dr. Shafi [because] he’s Muslim is wrong,” Cruz said in a December tweet. “The Constitution prohibits any religious test for public office [and] the First Amendment protects religious liberty for every faith. The Party of Lincoln should welcome everybody [and] celebrate Liberty.”

    Bush said the GOP needs to “move towards a more inclusive Republican Party and stop tearing down our own if we are to keep Texas red” as he called for the county party to stop the efforts to remove Shafi.

    Additionally, the Texas GOP executive committee passed a resolution last month affirming its commitment against discrimination. The resolution states the state party “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.”

    Shafi said the resolution “reaffirmed my faith in our party and in our country.”

    “Today we removed all doubts as to what we are and what we believe in as conservatives and Republicans and I will take that message back to Tarrant County,” he said, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “This is and remains and should always be the party of Lincoln and Reagan.”

    Tarrant County GOP Chairman Darl Easton, who appointed Shafi, chalked up the efforts to oust the doctor to “religious prejudice.”

    Shafi is “very active with the party, but most of the people don’t even care about what he’s done. Most of them 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 told The Texas Tribune.

    Easton is also the subject of an online petition calling for his removal as the Tarrant County GOP chair.

    “Regardless of which side one takes on the appointment of Shahid Shafi … Darl Easton should have foreseen that such a controversial appointment would plunge the Tarrant County GOP into division and created a public relations nightmare for our party. The only press the Tarrant GOP has gotten with Darl at the helm is bad press,” the petition states.

    Tarrant County includes the cities of Fort Worth and Arlington in Texas.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/tex...ounty-official

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    I don't blame them as they are nothing but trouble.

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    From a legal point of view, I don't think they have a leg to stand on. If he advocates Sharia in how the law in Tarrant County is executed, that's something different.
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    Texas Republicans overwhelmingly reject removal of Muslim county official

    Texas Republicans overwhelmingly reject removal of Muslim county official
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    Texas Republicans voted to keep a GOP county official in his position after a small group raised a ruckus over his Muslim religious beliefs.

    The Tarrant County Republican Party overwhelming voted to keep Dr. Shahid Shafi as the party’s vice chair Thursday. Shafi, a trauma surgeon and Southlake city councilman, was targeted by a small group of Republicans – led by precinct chairman Dorrie O’Brien – who contended his religious beliefs are not in line with those he represents in the county.

    But the party rejected calls to oust him from the position Thursday in a 139-49 vote.

    “As an immigrant to this great country, I am honored and privileged to receive the support of my fellow Republicans,” Shafi said following the vote, according to The Texas Tribune. “We need to learn to trust each other so we can create a more perfect union every day.”

    Tarrant County Republican Party Chair Darl Easton said the vote “demonstrates we are a party that respects the right of those who disagree on an issue to have a seat at the table and their voices heard.”

    “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 in a statement.

    Originally from India and Pakistan, Shafi became a U.S. citizen in 2009 and has been in the vice chairmanship position since July. He’s worked for the party, however, for about 10 years.

    O’Brien is credited with leading the effort against Shafi — often posting about her opposition to his appointment on social media.

    “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 in the U.S., in Tarrant County, and in the TCGOP,” O’Brien wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.

    Although she didn’t vote at the meeting, Tarrant County precinct chair Sara Legvold sat outside wearing a burqa to “represent the Islamization of our county, our state and our country,” The Texas Tribune reported.

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

    Despite the push from some in the county party, Shafi got support from more prominent 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, and attacks on Dr. Shafi because of his faith are contrary to this guiding principle,” Abbott said in a statement.

    “I salute the Tarrant County Republican Party for re-affirming Shahid Shafi,” Bush said in a tweet Thursday night. “He is a good man who is doing a good job. And we should never allow religious bigotry to play any party in our politics.”

    Cruz had previously decried the “discrimination” against Shafi.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.


    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/tex...ounty-official

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    #4:

    “We need to learn to trust each other so we can create a more perfect union every day.”
    bullshit

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    well now
    panties in a wad somewhere arent they

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    Islam is incompatible with western civilization and, by extension, American culture. They should have shown him the door.
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    So did Kenndy's disastrous 1964 immigration law take down Public Law 414 forbidding islam?

    When will americans wake up and fight this cancer?
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    Looks like Texas has a RINO Problem.....there will be consequences.

    I dislike RINO's as much as I hate democrats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vestige View Post
    #4:

    “We need to learn to trust each other so we can create a more perfect union every day.”
    bullshit
    Trust but verify. That is what builds assent of the governed. Anything less undermines it.

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    Dr. Shafi has BENEFITTED from America's generosity and misguided benevolent embrace of all peoples - yet, he still publicly identifies as a believer in Islam - a political movement shrouded as a "religion," who's stated goal is to undermine our Constitutional Republic, with impunity.

    Embracing the "American way," while simultaneously embracing the commandments of Islam, are wholly incompatible.

    Which is it going to be, Dr. Shafi?

    You cannot publicly, or privately, be BOTH.


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    Look, realistically speaking Christians are exactly the same. Our faith to God and Christ is above our fidelity to our country. Actually, our faith is in this order:

    1) God

    2) Family

    3) Country


    Not trying to justify anything, but it is what it is. Pretty much for everyone. The only problem I have with islamics is their wanting to force others into their political/religion at gunpoint, knifepoint or bombpoint, and that they want THEIR LAW above all others.

    Now, that being said, I think it fair to say that most here have said (and some many times) that all laws in this country should be based on the Bible. (I strenuously disagree with that, because the US would become a theocracy like Iran, and I don't want to live in one of those.)

    Still a pretty even comparison overall, however.

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    I can't wait till all the Christians run out and start cutting off heads of people they disagree with!
    Oh! That's right. Christians aren't the people who do that kind of thing.
    It's the moslems!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny225 View Post
    I can't wait till all the Christians run out and start cutting off heads of people they disagree with!
    Oh! That's right. Christians aren't the people who do that kind of thing.
    It's the moslems!
    Ah, no, we burn them at the stake. (cf: Jacques DeMolay)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    Look, realistically speaking Christians are exactly the same. Our faith to God and Christ is above our fidelity to our country. Actually, our faith is in this order:

    1) God

    2) Family

    3) Country


    Not trying to justify anything, but it is what it is. Pretty much for everyone. The only problem I have with islamics is their wanting to force others into their political/religion at gunpoint, knifepoint or bombpoint, and that they want THEIR LAW above all others.

    Now, that being said, I think it fair to say that most here have said (and some many times) that all laws in this country should be based on the Bible. (I strenuously disagree with that, because the US would become a theocracy like Iran, and I don't want to live in one of those.)

    Still a pretty even comparison overall, however.
    Respectfully, all the founding documents that made us the first truly free country came from the christian Bible, every last one. When that is monkeyed with, we will reap the whirlwind. The founders knew that enemies or those ignorant would try their best to persuade the others to go along with the destruction of our republic by public opinion, or a poll and a vote, otherwise known as "democracy"
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny225 View Post
    I can't wait till all the Christians run out and start cutting off heads of people they disagree with!
    Oh! That's right. Christians aren't the people who do that kind of thing.
    It's the moslems!
    Yet. But the day is young......
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    the difference is, muslims who attack, invade and kill non muslims are doing exactly what their leader mohammed tells them to do. they are practicing exactly what mohammed said and did.

    christians who attack, invade and kill non believers are doing the OPPOSITE of what their leader Jesus the Christ, taught, said and did proving they are liars and not followers of Christ but His enemies..
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkelsteinsmom View Post
    Respectfully, all the founding documents that made us the first truly free country came from the christian Bible, every last one. When that is monkeyed with, we will reap the whirlwind. The founders knew that enemies or those ignorant would try their best to persuade the others to go along with the destruction of our republic by public opinion, or a poll and a vote, otherwise known as "democracy"
    I don't care what the founding documents were based on. The black-letter laws in this country, starting with the constitution, MAKE NO MENTION of religion except in the First Amendment.

    If you really must live in a theocracy, Iran is the place for you...

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    mutter mutter mutter....Masonic Writings...mutter mutter mutter.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzy View Post
    the difference is, muslims who attack, invade and kill non muslims are doing exactly what their leader mohammed tells them to do. they are practicing exactly what mohammed said and did.

    christians who attack, invade and kill non believers are doing the OPPOSITE of what their leader Jesus the Christ, taught, said and did proving they are liars and not followers of Christ but His enemies..
    This is true!
    And as far as what they used to do, that is NOT today.
    Today it is moslems cutting people's heads off and raping children. That is what they are doing TODAY, not a few hundred years ago.

    Moslems shouldn't even be allowed into our country, much less be elected to a political office. How stupid are we??
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    Just why was this individual allowed to take a position of influence and power in the Republican Party????

    Stupidity knows no bounds....

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    And as far as what they used to do, that is NOT today


    Well, out of a sense of intellectual honesty, I must point out that there were abortion clinic bombings and abortion doctor killings up through the 80’s.

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    Looks like Texas has a RINO Problem.....there will be consequences.

    I dislike RINO's as much as I hate democrats.
    Yep, enemies from within, Trojan Horse !!!!!

    If they do not rid themselves of the
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    Which is it going to be, Dr. Shafi?

    You cannot publicly, or privately, be BOTH.


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    Yes, he can. Look up several sources for the definition of Taqiyya and how it is used by Muslims today.

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    So many Muslims ignore the parts of the Koran they don't agree with.

    Like so many Christians who don't keep the Laws in the Bible.

    They aren't going to be cutting off heads any time soon, they just want to make money and raise their family.....like Christians/anyone else does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    And as far as what they used to do, that is NOT today


    Well, out of a sense of intellectual honesty, I must point out that there were abortion clinic bombings and abortion doctor killings up through the 80’s.
    "killings" is the operative word here.
    I don't condone murdering innocents in any way, shape or form.
    Abortion is murder. So, what would those who do the abortions/murders be described as?
    Besides, who ever said those who were doing these 'killings' were Christians?
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    Well, they said they were. I can’t vouch for their veracity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    And as far as what they used to do, that is NOT today


    Well, out of a sense of intellectual honesty, I must point out that there were abortion clinic bombings and abortion doctor killings up through the 80’s.
    Quote Originally Posted by sunny225 View Post
    "killings" is the operative word here.
    I don't condone murdering innocents in any way, shape or form.
    Abortion is murder. So, what would those who do the abortions/murders be described as?
    Besides, who ever said those who were doing these 'killings' were Christians?
    Several of then in their writings. Rudolph specifically.

    Other anti-abortion groups who supported him as well.
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