After a battle over a Muslim politician divided their party, the GOP fights to keep Texas red


Source: The Washington Post

April 15

 He was called a terrorist and a stealth jihadist out to impose a system of Islamic law on the naive and unsuspecting citizens of suburban Texas.

Some days, Shahid Shafi thought about quitting, rather than enduring a campaign by ­ultra-right-wing conservatives to oust him from his Republican Party leadership post because he is a Muslim.

But Shafi prevailed, retaining his position as vice chairman of the Tarrant County GOP and becoming a symbol of religious freedom. He’s a sought-after speaker now and a rising star in the party, with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz among his high-profile supporters.

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