Target: Michael Barnett, Palm Beach County GOP Chairman
Goal: Rescind speaking invitation to fascist Dutch politician.
The prominent Dutch fascist and anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders is scheduled to speak with members of the Republican Party in Palm Beach County, Florida later this summer. The number of inroads Wilders is making into the American political establishment in truly alarming. Demand that he be disinvited from this event at once.
Wilders, a Dutch politician, is known around the world as one of the strongest leaders in the recent rise of far-right political and social movements in Europe. He has made a name for himself for his staunchly xenophobic and anti-Muslim views, and was one of the inspirations for Anders Breivik’s white supremacist 2011 Norway terrorist attacks that left 77 people dead.
His anti-Muslim views have garnered him the admiration of conservatives in the United States, including some in the Republican Party itself. Most recently, the Republican leadership of Palm Beach County has invited him to join them at their annual “Lobsterfest” fundraiser later this summer to speak to them about his perspective on “radical Islamic terrorism.”
American politicians should not be importing fascism and violent Islamophobia stateside. Sign the petition below to demand that the Palm Beach County Republican Party rescind its invitation to Geert Wilders at once so that he cannot peddle his dangerous ideologies in the United States.
Dear Chairman Barnett,
I am writing you today regarding the recent announcement that Geert Wilders will be speaking at your Palm Beach County GOP annual Lobsterfest fundraiser. To be frank, this is incredibly irresponsible of you.
Wilders’ xenophobic actions and anti-Muslim rhetoric, both notably extreme even within the context of far-right European politics, has led many to call him a fascist. He has compared the Qur’an to Hitler’s Mein Kampf, endeavored to have it outlawed in his native Netherlands, tried to ban the building of mosques in his country, and campaigned to stop all European immigration of Muslims.
While I understand the desire to discuss terrorism at your fundraiser, Wilders is far from an impartial academic on the issue. He has an explicit agenda that includes white supremacy and Muslim annihilation.
His views are so extreme, they should not be allowed in any sensible American political conversation. I demand that you rescind your invitation to Wilders to speak to your party at your annual fundraiser so that he can’t spout his dangerous views.
[Your Name Here]
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