Houston minister fired over religious rant about Muslims at political meeting

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HOUSTON - In America, you can say almost anything you want, but that doesn't mean you won't have to face the consequences of what you say. In Houston, what one man said about a Muslim cost him his job.

Trebor Gordon was fired as the director of community relations for Houston councilman Mike Knox.

It was his religious rant he went on back in May at a Harris County Republican Party meeting that got him in trouble.

"If you believe that a person can practice Islam and agree to the foundational of principles of the Republican Party, it's not right," said Gordon.

Gordon is a Christian minister who was the chaplain for the Harris County Republican Party. At the meeting, he motioned to block Syed Shahid Ali from filling a seat as precinct chair, claiming Islam and Christianity do not mix.

"During my prayer, this man did not bow his head, during the pledge of allegiance he did not utter a word. He didn't even try to fake it and move his lips," Gordon claimed.

The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for sensitivity training for Knox's staff, and a city council resolution denouncing Islamophobia and religious intolerance.

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