The Corner

Is Bruce Bawer a Racist?

Of course not. But some people are saying so, because he has written an anti-Islamofascist book about the future of Europe and it has now been nominated for a prestigious award. The NYT picks up the story here. Bawer replies on his blog:

As I and many others have pointed out a few million times, radical Islam is not a race.  (Is Ayaan Hirsi Ali a racist?  Is Irshad Manji?  Is Chahdortt Djavann?)  But it’s easy – and, in some circles, highly effective – to fling the “R” word instead of trying to respond to irrefutable facts and arguments.

This is one of those controversies that is both frustrating and useful — frustrating because the charges are sheer nonsense, but useful because they’re calling attention to a worthy book. Support Bruce Bawer and buy While Europe Slept

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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