By AMIL IMANI
December 13, 2018 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The recent Tarrant County, Texas fiasco , in regard to the opposition of Dr. Shahid Shafi’s selection for the vice chair position of the Tarrant County Republican Party, is due to the posing of several legitimate concerns and the reception of no satisfactory answers. Consequently, there has been a justifiable uproar among members; some have even demanded that Darl Easton, the Tarrant County, Texas Republican Chair, resign . This issue has created a rift in the Texas GOP, which is not beneficial to anyone.
Texas Republicans are known for their unity and family values. So what went wrong?
I hope we can resolve this in a civilized fashion without any accusations or ad hominem attacks.
Dr. Shafi is an excellent physician and “a board certified General Surgeon who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Surgical Group of North Texas and also is a Councilman in the City of Southlake.”
The legitimate opposition to Dr. Shafi as vice chair is not directed at him personally. It has more to do with his system of belief. According to him, he is a devout and mosque-going Muslim. So does that make him unsuitable for the position he was selected to hold? Let’s examine that.
The word devout has a powerful meaning. It means the person who holds this belief has already gone through the Islamic indoctrination period and pledges allegiance to no other than to the ulama’ (Muslim scholars) and the prophet Muhammad.
I personally don’t trust the keen intellect of the so-called “Islamic scholars” in the service of Islam and the Quran. No doubt about their influence, and some, like Ghazali, have much erudition. I simply don’t share their sanitization of Islam, as they take phrases selectively from the Quran and bestow upon them the sacredness of the divine.
Undoubtedly, Western Civilization has shown a great tolerance towards non-Westerners, but “tolerance in the face of evil is not tolerance, it is a crime.” For example, Major Nidal Hasan , an Army psychiatrist who was also a self-acknowledged devout Muslim, massacred 13 people and injured more than 30 others in the Fort Hood mass shooting on November 5, 2009. Who can forget that?
As I wrote in a September article at Jihad Watch :
“Islam and Sharia continue to furtively creep into every aspect of American culture. And too few people are talking about it. Why? Because Americans have been conditioned by the liberal elites to be tolerant and compassionate, to embrace multiculturalism and respect each other’s beliefs, ideals and values. That’s wonderful in a utopian world, but the fact is, Islam doesn’t embrace any aspect of Western civilization — much less American culture. We are rapidly and methodically being dismantled as a nation, and our freedom and liberty is more fragile than at any time since World War II. And while we fight the enemy abroad with combat troops, intelligence and drone strikes, we’re doing nothing to combat the same exact enemy that resides on our own soil in broad daylight.”
Clearly, the so-called 1.6 billion Muslims are not all jihadists working to obliterate civilization and impose Muhammad’s law over all of us. I emphatically know that active jihadists are a small minority. Yet it takes a blind eye to ignore militant minorities. Did Hitler become the Chancellor of Germany because he and his gang got the majority vote in Germany? More than 65% of Germans were not supporters of Hitler and his party, and viewed the Nazis as louts and worthless. Yet we all know what this little minority did while being dismissed as insignificant.
There are a lot of questions that this doctor needs to answer. According to Dorrie O’Brien, a Tarrant County Precinct Chair, Dr. Shafi is either intentionally refusing to respond or playing ignorant:
Example: He cannot support much of the RPT Platform (can’t, not won’t).
Specifically, the Preamble and the 1st Principle, because his god is Allah, not the Almighty.
(1st principle: 15 planks seem out of his reach: Such as: Plank 207: moving the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem? No. Plank 208: the right of Israel to exist? No. [He says he agrees with that.] Plank 68: American law for American courts? No. [He says he does.] Plank 177: CAIR is a terrorist organization? No. Plank 281: Defeat Terrorism and CAIR? No. CAIR is soft jihad which is still jihad and jihad, in one form or another, is incumbent upon all Muslims.
We don’t think he’s suitable to be a representative of the Party for all Republicans in Tarrant County. There are too many questions around him. We precinct chairs have a duty to vet/know who our leaders are. It is in fact our responsibility to do this; we’re not rubber-stampers.
Talking with Dr. Shahid Shafi has proven to be impossible. He doesn’t answer questions; he speaks through others who carry his words; he states what he thinks or believes with no proof; we just have to take his word for it. He’s been given forums for well-practiced speeches, but has never subjected himself to serious cross-examination.
This is not a case for a court of law. Rules of evidence per se don’t apply. We ask our precinct chairs: Does this seem right to you? Does his behavior match up to your understanding of Republican principles? How many of us knew anything about this man before 7/14/18? Aren’t our leaders usually those we’ve all known for years and have a full résumé of grassroots accomplishments behind them before being appointed to a vice chair position?
I hope as mature individuals, we are able to sit down and discuss this important issue without further damaging our unity and our party.
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