Kudos to the Texas state Republican Party for gently telling one of its county committees to put religious liberty ahead of paranoia about Muslims.
At issue is a push by a few grassroots activists to undo the Tarrant County committee’s naming of Dr. Shahid Shafi as vice chairman. They’ve forced a committee vote on the question come Jan. 10.
Shafi, a Muslim immigrant from Pakistan who earned US citizenship in 2009, is a trauma surgeon and twice-elected member of the Southlake City Council. But the dunderheads figure he’s a secret Muslim Brotherhood agent or somesuch, because — well, just because.
Dorrie O’Brien, a precinct chair from Grand Prairie, claims Shafi is associated with terrorist-affiliated groups, the Austin American-Statesman reported. But she offers zero evidence, and Shafi says he’s not only dedicated to American laws but to GOP values, and has never promoted Islamic or Sharia law.
Over the weekend, the state party’s executive committee passed a motion by a commanding 63-0 that “affirms and supports every American’s right to practice their religion” and notes that Shafi “demonstrates through deed and voice his dedication and servant leadership to Republicans in his community and beyond.”
It then “strongly encourages” the Tarrant GOP to stick with its vice chairman and stick to “protecting and preserving religious liberty for all Americans.”
Shafi says the resolution “reaffirmed my faith in our party and in our country” and “removed all doubts as to what we are and what we believe in as conservatives and Republicans . . . This is and remains and should always be the party of Lincoln and Reagan.”
We look forward to the Tarrant County committee proving the truth of that statement next month.
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