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AnBr's Photo AnBr 10 January 2019 - 11:15 AM

https://www.newsweek...d-shafi-1285867

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As the House of Representatives welcomes its first two Muslim congresswomen, Texas Republicans will vote on Thursday over whether to remove Tarrant County Republican party vice-chair Shahid Shafi from his seat because he identifies as a Muslim-American.

The vote comes after some members of the county party put forth a motion to remove Shafi, a Republican trauma surgeon and Southlake City councilman, from his position due to his Islamic beliefs.

Dorrie O’Brien, a precinct chair, expressed fear that Shafi would uphold Islamic law over the U.S. constitution and that he might be related “to Islamic terror groups.”

“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 in the U.S., in Tarrant County, and in the TCGOP," O'Brien wrote on Facebook. "There are big questions surrounding exactly where Dr. Shafi’s loyalties lie, vis a vis Democrat and Republican policies.”
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D. C. Sessions's Photo D. C. Sessions 10 January 2019 - 12:22 PM

Any Jews in Tarrant County should take

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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 in the U.S., in Tarrant County, and in the TCGOP,

seriously to heart. Also Hindus, Catholics, Methodists, etc. more or less in Niemöller's order.
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HockeyDon's Photo HockeyDon 10 January 2019 - 01:01 PM

 D. C. Sessions, on 10 January 2019 - 12:22 PM, said:

Any Jews in Tarrant County should take



seriously to heart. Also Hindus, Catholics, Methodists, etc. more or less in Niemöller's order.

Better add Black, Latinos, Asians, and so on to the list as well.

Don't forget the gypsies and witches.
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Rue Bella's Photo Rue Bella 10 January 2019 - 03:20 PM

As PG once said: What is wrong with these people?
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JackD's Photo JackD 10 January 2019 - 04:22 PM

What's wrong with those people?

They're racists and haters for starters. There's plenty else wrong as well.
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golden_valley's Photo golden_valley 10 January 2019 - 04:26 PM

A lot of what's wrong with those people is ignorance and unwillingness to learn anything that might challenge their comfortable, easy assumptions.
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indy's Photo indy 10 January 2019 - 04:51 PM

That's much more polite phrasing than I would have used.
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Practical Girl's Photo Practical Girl 10 January 2019 - 08:48 PM

Oh, Lord. The Texas Leg begins their marathon 140 day session with real, live pressure and issues. Take your pic. Schools-State funding down, due to oil royalties (I think our GOPer President has said it's a "tax cut")- water rights, property taxation/valuation. On and on, yet there's always one or two with the stupid stuff. Dog whistles, that don't even resonate with the rest of the party.

Thus it is, every two years here. We also have Dan Patrick. I think his official title is Lt. A-hole-in-Chief, but most call him our Lt. Governor. He's been hard after the (failed) Bathroom Bill, and vowed during his campaign to get it to the Floor again, this session. Instead, he's declared victory in true Trump fashion:

"When you win the battle, you don't need to fight it again."

Or, when you have a boatload of Texans who come to the polling places to vote D on it all, something interesting happens. Entire courts get flipped from R to D. And a couple of those are courts who now will have nothing to do with Patrick's shenanigans.

I'm not a huge fan of voting for judiciary positions. On the other hand, we may not have turned TX politically blue. But taking a page from the GOPers, we took some of the courts. Bottoms up, Patrick!!
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baw1064's Photo baw1064 10 January 2019 - 09:10 PM

I don't know, I'd find re-election campaigns by Thomas and Kavanaugh quite amusing.
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Beelzebuddy's Photo Beelzebuddy 11 January 2019 - 11:37 AM

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The Republican Party in Texas’ third-largest county on Thursday voted in support of its Vice Chairman Shahid Shafi against efforts to remove him because of his Muslim faith.
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Traveler's Photo Traveler 11 January 2019 - 12:47 PM

139-49. That is close to 30% racists. Not like that is a surprise.
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Rich T Bikkies's Photo Rich T Bikkies 11 January 2019 - 01:03 PM

 Traveler, on 11 January 2019 - 12:47 PM, said:

139-49. That is close to 30% racists. Not like that is a surprise.

This should be the cue for me to slag off Texas in condescending hoity-toity Limey style. However, that's interdicted by the ghastly racist mutants that have felt enabled by the Brexit referendum to crawl out of the woodwork. I'm not sure dear old Blighty might not score more than 30%.
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Traveler's Photo Traveler 11 January 2019 - 02:20 PM

Rich, thems is POGers only. I seriously doubt the rest of Texans are quite that batshit crazy. At least I hope so.
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Rich T Bikkies's Photo Rich T Bikkies 11 January 2019 - 03:15 PM

Well, we've got at least Beez and Prac as counterexamples.
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AnBr's Photo AnBr 11 January 2019 - 03:23 PM

 Traveler, on 11 January 2019 - 02:20 PM, said:

Rich, thems is POGers only. I seriously doubt the rest of Texans are quite that batshit crazy. At least I hope so.

As the saying goes, not all Republicans are racists, but all racists are Republican.
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Rue Bella's Photo Rue Bella 11 January 2019 - 04:16 PM

 Traveler, on 11 January 2019 - 12:47 PM, said:

139-49. That is close to 30% racists. Not like that is a surprise.

I'd guess in that group it's more than 30%. Some would have been aware of how it looked and voted to keep the guy in spite of what they might really have wanted. Appearance is everything, and there will be future elections.

A question going forward is will Mr. Shafi remain a Republican. Probably yes, since a hallmark of being a good GOP is falling in line against one's own self interest.
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Beelzebuddy's Photo Beelzebuddy 11 January 2019 - 05:39 PM

 Traveler, on 11 January 2019 - 02:20 PM, said:

Rich, thems is POGers only. I seriously doubt the rest of Texans are quite that batshit crazy. At least I hope so.
It's about 60/40 GOP/Dem here might be changing haven't seen recent numbers

Edit: Wikipedia shows 53/43 as of 2016
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Traveler's Photo Traveler 11 January 2019 - 06:01 PM

Wonder what the 2018 numbers are.
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AnBr's Photo AnBr 11 January 2019 - 07:20 PM

 Traveler, on 11 January 2019 - 06:01 PM, said:

Wonder what the 2018 numbers are.

Well, Beto did far better than most would have thought he cold have done a year or two ago.
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D. C. Sessions's Photo D. C. Sessions 11 January 2019 - 07:34 PM

 Traveler, on 11 January 2019 - 02:20 PM, said:

Rich, thems is POGers only. I seriously doubt the rest of Texans are quite that batshit crazy. At least I hope so.

Yes, it's Republicans only. Remind me again how many that leaves in Texas. (PG excepted.)
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