Shahid Shafi

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Shahid Shafi is a trauma surgeon, metropolis councilman, and Republican social gathering delegate

A Republican county official in Texas has survived a vote to oust him after a number of native social gathering members took challenge together with his Muslim faith.

The movement to take away Shahid Shafi from his place as vice chairman of the Tarrant County Republican social gathering failed by a vote of 139-49 on Thursday evening.

The trouble was led by a number of county Republicans who argued that Dr Shafi was extra loyal to Islam than the US.

The motion led to criticism from outstanding state Republican officers.

Chatting with reporters after the vote at a church in Fort Value, Dr Shafi mentioned: “As an immigrant to this nice nation, I’m honoured and privileged to obtain the assist of my fellow Republicans.”

“We had been preventing for spiritual freedom – a founding precept of our nation. And at the moment, we have now come out victorious,” he declared.

Along with serving because the Republican vice chairman of Tarrant County – the third largest county in Texas – Dr Shafi is a surgeon and Southlake Metropolis Councilman who immigrated to the US practically 30 years in the past.

He reportedly is initially from India, and have become a US citizen in 2009.

After he was appointed by social gathering officers to his put up in July 2018, a number of of his colleagues took challenge together with his faith and claimed he had connections with terrorist organisations.

Grand Prairie precinct chairwoman Dorrie O’Brien, who led the trouble to oust him, lately reiterated her views in a Fb put up.

“We do not suppose he is appropriate as a practising Muslim to be vice chair as a result of he’d be the consultant for ALL Republicans in Tarrant County, and never ALL Republicans in Tarrant County suppose Islam is protected or acceptable,” Mrs O’Brien wrote on 31 December 2018.

“There are massive questions surrounding precisely the place Dr Shafi’s loyalties lie, vis a vis Democrat and Republican insurance policies.”

She additionally beforehand slammed her Republican colleagues for not intervening in what she known as a “stealth jihad” and “Leftist/Shari’a Zuckerberg-ization of Tarrant County”.

Tarrant County Republican Get together Chairman Darl Eason, who appointed Dr Shafi to his put up, told the Star-Telegram when the vote was scheduled: “It is simply outrageous that we’re doing this.”

“It is disgusting,” he added.

Former Tarrant County precinct chair Sara Legvold sat exterior of the assembly room in the course of the vote in protest, sporting a burqa which she mentioned was to “symbolize the Islamisation of our county, our state and our nation”.

The vote was extensively condemned by Texas Republican, together with Governor Gregg Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz and Republican Land Commissioner George P Bush.

“Non secular freedom is on the core of who we’re as a nation and state,” Gov Abbott mentioned in a press release on Wednesday, “and assaults on Dr Shafi due to his religion are opposite to this tenet.”