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.