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Tarrant county Republicans in Texas will vote Thursday on an effort by a faction to remove their vice chairman, Shahid Shafi, because he's Muslim.

Fort Worth is the largest city in Tarrant county.

The campaign against Shafi, a trauma surgeon and member of the Southlake City Council, was mounted by a small group of Republicans led by Dorrie O'Brien, a precinct chairman from Grand Prairie.

O’Brien writes on Facebook that she “never doubted” her side has the votes to remove Shafi from his post.

“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, O'Brien wrote on Facebook, adding that "there are big questions surrounding exactly where Dr. Shafi’s loyalties lie, vis a vis Democrat and Republican policies.”

O’Brien says her effort to oust Shafi is not about his religion, but whether he supports Islam or is connected “to Islamic terror groups,” according to the Star-Telegram.

Tarrant County Republicans, USA Today 25 Comments [1/10/2019 10:02:38 AM]
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Exatron

In other words, it's about his religion.

1/10/2019 10:08:47 AM

Malingspann

O’Brien says her effort to oust Shafi is not about his religion, but whether he supports Islam or is connected “to Islamic terror groups,” according to the Star-Telegram


O'Brien held up her left hand, its back towards Shahid, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended.

'How many fingers am I holding up, Shahid?'

'Four.'

'And if the Republican Party says that it is not four, but five -- then how many?'

'Four!'

The word ended in a gasp of pain. The needle of the dial had shot up to fifty-five. The sweat had sprung out all over Shahid's body. The air tore into his lungs and issued again in deep groans which even by clenching his teeth he could not stop. O'Brien watched him, the four fingers still extended. She drew back the lever. This time the pain was only slightly eased.

1/10/2019 10:35:56 AM

Kuyohashi

Well it sure is a good thing the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction in Tex-Ass, because if it did, it would slam the brakes on this unConstitutional violation of the establishment clause like a mofo.


1/10/2019 10:39:48 AM

Anon-e-moose

but whether he supports Islam or is connected “to Islamic terror groups,”




Dr. Shafi is the least of your problems, Tyrant Cunty Repubicans.

Remember: to use your logic, anyone who has dealings with Muslims is connected to Islamic terror groups. Are they safe or acceptable...?!

Look no further than the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC.

...oh, and as for Dr. Shafi, don't forget Article VI, Clause 3 of your own US Constitution. See you in court.

Can you say 'ACLU'? I bet he can.

1/10/2019 10:45:25 AM

Insult to Rocks

there are big questions surrounding exactly where Dr. Shafi’s loyalties lie,

Well, if he wasn't questioning them before, he sure the fuck is now.

1/10/2019 11:30:29 AM

DarkPhoenix

I would be willing to bet that not all Republicans there are Christians either. Does that mean you idiots aren't trustworthy?

Nah, this is just the Republican Party continuing to show everyone they are the party of white Christian men ONLY.

1/10/2019 1:50:37 PM

SpukiKitty

This isn't even legal!....





....I see a lawsuit coming on!

1/10/2019 2:11:45 PM

Swede

So, F**K the Constitution, right?

Does ALL Republicans think Christianity is safe or acceptable? What religion did most of the shooters in the around 325 mass-shootings in the US last year adhere to? Where they Muslims, or (shock, horror) were almost all of them white Christian males?

Last time I checked, Islam was a religion...

Is Ms O'Brien connected to Christian terror groups, like the KKK?


Edit. Re Thomas Jeffersons quote above. HE ought not to be excluded from the civil rights, regardless of religion.
Womenfolk should have no rights, of course, they are just the property of males.

1/10/2019 2:57:17 PM

Citizen Justin

"not ALL Republicans in Tarrant County think Islam is safe or acceptable"

Is there anything that all Texas Republicans agree on? Some of them probably think they should be allowed to go back to owning 'niggers'. So does that mean a Republican who happens to oppose slavery should not be vice chair?

1/10/2019 4:41:00 PM

Chloe

"some of our constituents are racists so we should get rid of this guy"

1/10/2019 5:55:21 PM

Lucilius

You know, their suspicion actually makes sense if you look at what they really mean: "We just wonder why a Muslim would want to be around a pack of ignorant screeching bigots like us."

1/10/2019 7:52:46 PM

K'Zad Bhat


O’Brien says her effort to oust Shafi is not about his religion, but whether he supports Islam


So, it's not about his religion except insofar as it is about his religion? For any Tarrant County Republicans who may read this, let me say it plainly, so even the stupid know what I mean. Islam is his religion!

@Malingspann
I love the reference to 1984! The Republican Party has been proving for decades that they're the ones who would have been running Orwell's horrific vision of power grab politics. The only thing to be said in favor of IngSoc is that at least their leaders didn't deny it, they plainly told Winston it was all about having power, and nothing else.

1/10/2019 11:31:54 PM



While they're busy with this they have no time to spare getting Trump reelected,
so I support the effort.

1/11/2019 6:24:57 AM

Dr. Razark

The Constitution doesn't enter into this. They are a private group, not the government. They can make their own rules about who can be a member.



And I can't believe I'm commending the Texas GOP, but they actually showed some sense in this one. Various members, leaders, and even that rat Ted Cruz stood up for the guy. This was a small subset of the group, not indicative of the whole.

"In a video posted on the Star-Telegram's website, Mike Snyder of the Tarrant County Republican Party announced, 'the vote total was 139 to support Dr. Shafi and only 49 to reject him.'"
"Shafi was appointed in July. His ratification received near unanimous support from the group's executive committee.
The lone dissenter, however, created a small group that brought forth a motion to oust Shafi, Jeremy Bradford, executive director of the Tarrant County GOP, told CNN."


Maybe there is some small measure of hope left?
Perhaps the group can vote to remove Dorrie O'Brien, instead?



"not about his religion, but whether he supports Islam"

So, it's about his religion, then?

1/11/2019 8:12:44 AM

Doubting Thomas

O’Brien says her effort to oust Shafi is not about his religion


But you just said: "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." So which part of that is not about his religion?

1/11/2019 8:13:18 AM

creativerealms

Here he was a Doctor, a legal immagrant, a proud member of the Republican party, who the real of the party wants kicked out because he's a muslim. And the man remains a republican.

1/11/2019 8:51:27 AM



" So which part of that is not about his religion? "

The part that makes their attack on freedom of religion look like an attack on freedom of religion (while they are whining about liberals attack on their freedom of religion).

Doublethink like this is typical of fundies but usually it is not doubled over so compactly.

1/11/2019 8:54:24 AM

KingOfRhye

O’Brien writes on Facebook that she “never doubted” her side has the votes to remove Shafi from his post.


Uh, better think again!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/11/muslim-official-texas-county-gop-survives-effort-oust-him/2546091002/

"Muslim vice-chair of Texas county GOP survives effort to oust him over his religion"

1/11/2019 9:02:01 AM

SpukiKitty

@KingOfRhye

AWESOME!

It's stupid that Shafi is a GOPer but still....

AWESOME!

1/11/2019 10:19:42 AM

KingOfRhye

@Spuki

I guess it's about the only time I find myself on a Republican's side...when it's Republicans vs. other Republicans. Lol

1/11/2019 12:09:35 PM

SpukiKitty

@KingOfRhye

I think I may have heard of this Shafi guy, before. I remember an episode of either The Colbert Report or The Daily Show or The Late Show (With Stephen Colbert) where they skewered a Muslim guy in Texas who was a GOP politics figure. Said Muslim simply laughed off the host's befuddlement at the whole thing.

If that guy was GOP Vice Chairman Sahid Shafi then....well....If he remains a GOPer after this, then he's an idiot.

Also; Anytime there's infighting among a reactionary group, I reach for the popcorn.

That said; I'm still siding with Shafi, here....even if he is an idiot.

1/11/2019 3:52:39 PM



It's all about his religion

1/11/2019 6:36:48 PM

checkmate

Hmm, let's wait for the day when Roman Catholics have the majority in the Texas GOP and start throwing out all the Baptists and other Protestants. "O’Brien" sounds like a good Irish Catholic name, so it's a start. I wonder how Tarrant county will like that.

1/12/2019 2:52:47 PM



It's kind of sad that immigrants are expected to know more about the American Constitution that America's politicians typically do.

1/12/2019 10:04:45 PM

KingOfRhye

@Spuki

Yeah, it's kinda like when I hear something about gay Republicans....I just have to think to myself, "Why???" (Especially because - I just looked it up - being against SSM is literally written into the official party platform)

1/13/2019 1:05:47 PM

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