Sunday, February 8, 2015

PCG's Ron Fraser Mistakes Wahhabism's Age by 1100 Years

Here is Ron Fraser getting his facts wrong and inaccurately dating Wahhabism about 1100 years too early. 

The November 2001 issue of The Philadelphia Trumpet was the first issue of PCG's recruitment magazine published following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In Ron Fraser's highly inflammatory article (The Battle Lines Broaden) he makes the following statement. 
Granted, the terrorists themselves represent the extreme of violent Islamic hatred. Writing for the British Spectator magazine, [a non-PCG writer] indicates that the militant Islamic sect from which the terrorists hailed is the Wahhabi, dating from the very establishment of Islam in the seventh century.
Wahhabism started in the 1700s. It named after Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703-1792).

It is amazing how Ron Fraser did not even bother to get his facts straight and simply stated that Wahhabism dated "from the very establishment of Islam in the seventh century" when in fact it started about 1100 years later in the 1700s.

Now one could say Fraser was repeating erroneous information. But it is still a display of shoddy research that somehow neither Fraser nor anyone else else at The Philadelphia Trumpet bothered to learn that this information is totally incorrect. 

Didn't anyone who helped to produce this recruitment magazine notice that Ron Fraser got this wrong?

Didn't anyone who worked on this issue know that Wahhabism only dates to the 1700s?

And to think thousands of people trust these people with their lives and gave them about $19.5 million in 2012.

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