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Safety concerns lead Boca club to cancel GOP event with Islam foe
by George Bennett
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.
Wilders' criticisms of Islam have made him a target of extremist groups. He said that "Islam and freedom are totally incompatible" in his speech at the Texas cartoon contest. Shortly after he finished, two Muslim gunmen — one of whom was the target of a federal terror probe — began an attack but were shot and killed by police.
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