Monday, July 25, 2011

Bruce Bawer notes that his work ("While Europe Slept") is mentioned many times in Brevik's "manifesto"

Author:  Bruce Bawer.
Title: "While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West From Within".
Publication: New York: Doubleday, 2006. ISBN 0-385-51472-7.  244 pages, hardcover, indexed, Amazon link

I reviewed this book on my “” book section back in 2006. Mr. Bawer is well known as a “gay conservative” and for his book “A Place at the Table”.

In this book, as I noted, Mr. Bawer discussed Western naivete about the social values of much of the Islamic world, especially as it impacts Europe.  This is particularly focused on concern over increasing Muslim population in much of Europe with its higher birthrates, with lack of fertility and replacement among European “Christian” (and Jewish) populations, a development which could eventually undermine democratic  values in Europe. Philip Longman and others have written about this.

It is also focused on the ability of westerners to understand Islamic psychological values, which seem more collectivist or tribalist, and which view allowing dissent as an assault on honor.  In some ways, though, radical Islam is not so different from some forms of extremist or White-supremacist “Christian fundamentalism” in the U.S.

Bawer, in fact, noted that he happened to be in Norway on 9/11, and has lived in Amsterdam and watched dangerous trends in Dutch society.

Today, Bawer wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and noted, with dismay, that Anders Breivik (whose now notorious 1500-page “manifesto” is called “2083: A European Declaration of Independence”) had studied and “admired” Bawer’s “While Europe Slept” and noted that Bawer could not be a “cultural conservative”.  Bawer notes that his name is mentioned many times (at least 20) in the “manifesto”.
Bawer makes many other observations today about Europe’s troubles, noticing that “Muslim gay-bashing is driving gays out of Amsterdam.”

The link for the Bawer piece is here. 

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