The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR- Houston) today welcomed a decision by City Council Member Mike Knox to terminate a member of his staff who tried to block a Muslim from a Republican Party post because of the staffer’s hostility to Islam.

At a meeting of the Harris County Republican Party last month, Trebor Gordon asked that the Muslim party member be removed from consideration as a precinct chair, “on the grounds that Islam does not have any basis or any foundation- it is in total opposite of our foundation.” During that meeting, Gordon also stated, “Islam and Christianity do not mix.”

Last week, representatives of CAIR-Houston, along with other Muslim and Interfaith activists and leaders, met with Council Member Knox and called for a full apology from Gordon, sensitivity training for Knox’s staff and for a city council resolution denouncing Islamophobia and religious intolerance.

Knox agreed to those requests and called for a subsequent meeting to inform the group of his decision. It was during that meeting that Knox informed the group of his decision to terminate Gordon.