In the wake of Garland terror attack, fear cancels Geert Wilders FL event
Is the Boca West Country Club being “Islamophobic” in fearing a Muslim attack?
Safety concerns lead Boca club to cancel GOP event with Islam foe
From: Palm Beach Post
By: George Bennett, May 7, 2015
The Palm Beach County Republican Party will have to find another venue for a fundraiser featuring the Dutch politician and Islam critic who spoke at Sunday’s “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Texas.
The local GOP booked Boca West Country Club for the $125-a-plate “Lobsterfest” dinner on Aug. 15 featuring Geert Wilders, leader of a right-wing party in the Dutch parliament. But the country club announced Thursday it has canceled the event because of safety concerns.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: This was to be a private event and whether you agree with Geert Wilders or not, he and the event sponsors have a Constitutional right to present their views. This decision works as a “win” for Islamists in using fear and intimidation to silence those that oppose them. From the Sun Sentinal:
But representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations expressed outrage at the Republicans’ decision to have Wilders as a speaker.
“On the international level he is probably the most notorious, anti-Muslim bigot in the world,” said Ibrahim Hooper, the Washington-based national communications director for CAIR.
“He is the worst of the worst. This is the Islam-is-evil-and-must-be-destroyed school of thinking,” Hooper said. “And for the Republican Party to host him, I can’t imagine that any Muslim voter in the state … would not hear about it and judge accordingly.”
Michael Barnett, chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party, told the Sun Sentinal that to back out in hosting an event with Wilders would “go against everything we stand for” pertaining to our freedoms of speech and religion. The Sun Sentinal continued with:
CAIR representatives said the free speech argument sounds good but is disingenuous. “Will they be hosting neo-Nazis and anti-Semites and other race-baiters and bigots? Or is it just anti-Muslim bigots that they host?” Hooper said. “It’s absolutely ridiculous.”
Nezar Hamze, CAIR-Florida regional operations director, said he’s heard the freedom of speech argument before. “It’s not about freedom of speech, it’s about spreading hate.”
It will be interesting to see if the local GOP actuall does find another venue or simply cancel Wilders’ planned appearance.
Side thought: Is the Boca West Country Club being “Islamaphobic” in fearing a Muslim attack?