In a win for spiritual freedom, Republicans in a Texas county simply smacked down the effort to unseat a celebration chief simply because he’s a Muslim.
The Tarrant County GOP committee voted 139-49 in opposition to ousting Dr. Shadi Shafi as vice chairman, and rightly so. His chief critic, precinct chair Dorrie O’Brien, by no means produced a scintilla of proof for her fees that Shafi is related to terrorist-tied teams and prefers Sharia legislation to the US Constitution.
In truth, he’s an upstanding citizen from central casting: an immigrant who earned his US citizenship in 2009, a trauma surgeon and twice-elected member of the Southlake City Council.
Which left her mainly arguing that no working towards Muslim would do, as a result of (as she put it in a Facebook put up) “not ALL Republicans in Tarrant County think Islam is safe or acceptable.” Hmm: We guess loads of Tarrant GOPers discover her beliefs unacceptable, too.
After the vote, county GOP Chairman Darl Easton declared it “a demonstration of our allegiance to the Texas Republican Party Platform and the Constitutions of the United States and Texas, which strictly prohibit religious and racial discrimination of any kind.”
Shafi made his personal level final month: “Anyone wondering if one can be a practicing Muslim, which I am, a good American, which I am, and a Republican, which I am — I’m a living example that one can be all three.”
We’re glad his fellow Republicans agreed.