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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:24 AM

Muslim vice-chair of Texas county GOP survives effort to oust him over his religion [View all]

Source: USA Today


Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY Published 8:52 a.m. ET Jan. 11, 2019

An attempt by a faction of the Tarrant County Republican party in Texas to oust its vice-chairman because he is a Muslim failed in an emotional party vote Thursday night.

Shahid Shafi, a trauma surgeon and city council member, was backed in a 139-49 vote after more than two hours of closed door discussions. Cheers could be heard outside as the results were read.
dicine in the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 2009.

As the meeting gathered Thursday night, one of his chief critics, Sara Legvold, former member of the Texas State Republican Executive Committee, stood outside dressed in a black burqa to underscore her opposition to Shafi's appointment.

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

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