Shahid Shafi, right, with Gov. Greg Abbott (R) at the Lincoln Day Dinner at the Tarrant County Republican Party. (Thanks to Shahid Shafi) ((Courtesy of Shahid Shafi)) The first time Shahid Shafi ran for a seat in the city council in Southlake, Tex., Insured advisors him in 2011 a Muslim in post-9/11 America who spoke with an accent and emigration from Pakistan would never win an election in Texas. It is a story that Shafi, a republican trauma surgeon, likes to tell because he did not believe them. He won the seat of the Southlake City Council on his second attempt in 2014, has since been delegated to several Texas GOP conventions and was appointed vice-chairman of the Republican Party of Tarrant County in July, based in Fort Worth. But that is when his religion somehow became a problem again – in the eyes of some Republican colleagues. Shafi had held the position in the county of North Texas for no more than a few days before a district president called Darl Easton, chairman of the Tarrant County Republican party, to "reconsider" appointing Shafi as a leader role, a request that was quickly submitted echoed by several other precinct chairs. "The only reason she had was because he was a Muslim," Easton told The Washington Post. "That was the only reason she gave." Since then, Dorrie O & # 39; Brien, a president, and a small group of supporters have filed a formal motion to remove Shafi as vice-chairman because of his religion, a motion planned for a vote on January 10th. To Easton, who opposes the measure, the move is a disgrace to the Republican party. And for Shafi, it's exactly what he believed did not exist in the United States when he arrived here 28 years ago: a religious test. In the past week, the move to expel Shafi has issued a loud condemnation from Texas GOP leaders, including land commissioner George P. Bush and house manager Joe Straus. On Saturday, the executive committee of Texas GOP approved a formal resolution confirming GOP's commitment to religious freedom and attempting to dissociate the party from xenophobia, fearing the motion against Shafi to be encouraged. In Texas, it would not be the first time that Republicans have tried to obstruct Muslims from participating in GOP leadership roles. A staff member from the Houston City Council has tried, without success, to block a Republican Harris County District seat in 2016. "Let's see everyone, this is the Republican Party of Texas, we are not the party of the bigots," said J.T. Edwards, a member of the Republican Executive Committee of the Republic, on Saturday while insisting on support for the resolution, reported Austin's American statesman. I urge the Tarrant County GOP to stop this attempt to remove a hardworking county party official based on religious beliefs. We need to move to a more inclusive Republican Party and stop breaking our own if we want to keep Texas red. George P. Bush (georgepbush) November 30, 2018 O & # 39; Brien, who refused to speak with The Post, has publicly claimed that Shafi promotes Sharia law and is affiliated with terrorist groups while offering no evidence other than that he is a mosque-observant Muslim. In long-term tirades on Facebook reviewed by The Post, she accused Shafi of being a "fake republican" who, perhaps at the insistence of the Muslim Brotherhood, became one so that he could infiltrate the party – again, without any evidence. "Unfortunately this is not the first time that people or my political opponents have tried to use my religion against me to distract voters," Shafi, who has denied the claims of O & # 39; Brien, told The Post, "and unfortunately, I also do not think this will be the last." The pleadings of the heads of state to stop the campaign to stop Shafi seem to have had little influence on those who support it. E-mails first received by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram showed O & # 39; Brien and his colleague Tarrant County Precinct chairman Dale Attebery who invited John Guandolo, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an "anti- Muslim activist "to give December 29th. "Training session" about the dangers of Sharia. Guandolo, a former FBI agent, described all Muslims as terrorists during these presentations and said that he believes that American political leaders ought to be Christian & # 39 ;. Attebery said in an email from the Star-Telegram that the reason for the class was "because we have to know the truth before January 10," the date of the vote on Shafi. When asked about the event, Easton stressed that while individual members within the Tarrant County GOP organized it, the party itself did not approve the session. "They promote it as," We must be very vigilant for Muslims in this country, especially those who are candidates for a political office … because they take over and start implementing aspects of Sharia law. that may be in violation of US law, & # 39; " he said. Easton said he does not expect such an event to affect his support for Shafi and believes that most district seats will also support him. The false generalizations about his religion, Shafi said, were disheartening and offensive. Shafi, born in India but raised in Pakistan, came to the United States in 1990 to complete his medical and surgical residency before becoming a national citizen in 2009. He joined the Republican party as a convinced supporter of a small government, and experienced first hand the oppressive too much reach of Pakistani leaders. He saw that public office was only an extension of his mission as a surgeon, he said, with the difference being the ability to help hundreds or thousands instead of one patient at a time. "This is my way of giving something back to the community that has given me so much," he said. On Saturday he traveled to the GOP meeting in the state, so he could be there to answer questions from those who voted on the resolution on religious freedom. He was happy, he said, that he did not have to convince himself that he was just a normal republican, free from terrorist ties and focused on reducing real estate taxes and improving school safety. They voted 63-0 to stand the resolution – in turn, he confirmed Shafi's belief in the party, he said. & # 39; I'm not sure I can speak completely without getting confused, & # 39; said Shafi the room, the American statesman reported. He revealed that in the last six months there were "moments of doubt" because he feared that his own local party would really oust him. The easiest thing he could have done, he said to The Post, was to resign. But he did not want it because he believed that it would mean a loss for religious freedom. "The reason I stayed is because the issue before the party is not about who should be the vice president, it's much more fundamental than that," said Shafi. "It's about religious freedom, and if we want to keep a religious test in the party, where do we stop? If Muslim Americans are not welcome in the GOP, who will be excluded next? "