“Here are the facts. I have never had any association with the Muslim Brotherhood nor [the Council on American-Islamic Relations] nor any terrorist organization... I believe that the laws of our nation are our Constitution and the laws passed by our elected legislatures—I have never promoted any form of Sharia Law. I fully support and believe in American Laws for American Courts. I am honored to be an American and a Republican”.
Very suspicious. Maybe O’Brien’s onto something. You know, back in the 60’s, people thought JFK wasn’t fit for the presidency because he “answered to a Roman pontiff”. He had to issue his own statement in defense of Catholic Americans:
“Are we going to admit to the world that a Jew can be elected Mayor of Dublin, a Protestant can be chosen Foreign Minister of France, a Moslem can be elected to the Israeli parliament—but a Catholic cannot be President of the United States? Are we going to admit to the world—worse still, are we going to admit to ourselves—that one-third of the American people is forever barred from the White House?”
The Protestants still came after him with a vengeance.
JFK was the second Catholic to run for president but the first (and only) to win. Al Smith ran in 1928 and was defeated by people of O’Brien’s ilk, who charged—among other things—that Smith intended to build a tunnel from DC to the Vatican, presumably because that would be easier than hitting up Orbitz for a boat ticket.
As for Dr Shafi, he survived the coup attempt, 139 to 49 votes. Hats off to the 139, but count on those 49 votes to provide 2020 headline fodder for those who, INEXPLICABLY, think the GOP is a party of white “Christian” rule. Here’s how former Texas State Republican Executive Committee member and political cosplayer Sara Legvold showed up to the vote:
Odds are good she owns an equally revealing outfit in white
I mean, without being able to see her face or knowing her place of worship, what brand of person do you think Sara Legvold might be? Take all the time you need, but don’t complain when the party is rejected by people who don’t meet her social standards.
Or those of over 35 percent of the Tarrant County GOP, for that matter.