Earle Cornelius of Lancaster Online is a better reporter than most non-Muslim reporters in the U.S. who report on Ahmadiyya spokesmen as if they’re the true, peaceful, moderate Muslims: he informs his readers of a salient detail that most leave out, that the Ahmadiyya “are considered a heretical sect by some Muslims and Ahmadiyya Muslims have been persecuted in Pakistan and Indonesia.”
But he doesn’t inform his readers that the Ahmadiyya represent no more than three percent of Muslims worldwide, or that in Pakistan, they’re not even allowed legally to proclaim themselves as Muslims.
These facts make Hammad Ahmad’s claim that Muslim clerics have been misunderstanding Islam for 1,400 years — that is, since the very beginning of the religion — bizarre, to say the least. How did this misunderstanding arise at the dawn of the religion, and why did it persist to modern times? Why is the group that Ahmad considers to be the only true Muslims a tiny, despised group?
Earle Cornelius neither asks nor answers these questions. For the mainstream media, in its ongoing quest to present a peaceful, benign face of Islam, any “moderate” will do, no matter how risible his or her claims.