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Republicans in one of the most populous counties in Texas voted Thursday to keep a Muslim doctor as their party vice chairman following infighting over some members' claims about his beliefs.
The executive committee of the Tarrant County Republican Party voted 139-49 to reject the effort to purge Shahid Shafi, a surgeon and City Council member in suburban Fort Worth.
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'This vote reaffirms the commitment by a majority of Tarrant County Republicans to our core values and moral compass, a demonstration of our allegiance to the Texas Republican Party Platform and the Constitutions of the United States and Texas, which strictly prohibit religious and racial discrimination of any kind,' Tarrant County Republican Party Chair Darl Easton said in a written statement.
'While tonight's vote brings an end to this unfortunate episode, it also demonstrates we are a party that respects the right of those who disagree on an issue to have a seat at the table and their voices heard,' according to the statement.
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'Religious liberty won tonight and while that makes a great day for the Republican Party of Tarrant County, that victory also serves notice that we have much work to do unifying our party.'
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported at least one precinct chair, Arlington Republican Dale Attebery, was said have to tossed his ID at the lectern after the vote. Easton said he accepted that as Attebery's resignation.
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Shafi told reporters that his faith in Tarrant County Republicans had been reaffirmed.
'As we struggled through the last few months, it would have been easy for me to quit. But I stayed on to fight,' he said. 'We were fighting for religious freedom ... and today we have come out victorious.'
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The Thursday vote result took a stand 'against bigotry of all kinds,' he said. 'Our union is a little more perfect today.'
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