Muslim Republican Who Survived Effort to Oust Him Urges Party to Come Together & Move Forward

Shahid Shafi shared a message of hope and unity Saturday.

One month after a high-profile proposal failed to oust him as a vice chair of the Tarrant County Republican Party — because he is Muslim — he said he wants to inspire others and help reunite the local party.

“I hold no animosity toward anybody in this group,” he said during a Saturday morning Executive Committee meeting at the Faith Creek Church in Richland Hills. “We need to … move forward.”

Shafi, a surgeon and Southlake councilman, said he believes one of the most important things he can do is try to inspire others.

So that, he said, is what he will work to do.

After his brief comments, local Republicans also approved a slate of resolutions, including one urging Texas lawmakers to pass a law protecting “the sincerely held religious beliefs” of people, businesses and groups.

All this come after a proposal to oust Shafi from leadership percolated for half a year, drawing national attention to Tarrant County.

That effort arose in 2018 after Dorrie O’Brien, a precinct chairwoman from Grand Prairie, asked for a reconsideration of his appointment. She and others said the effort to remove Shafi wasn’t about religion but whether he was loyal to Islam and Islamic law or connected to Islamic terror groups.

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Source: Star-Telegram