I do not think that this is generally true. Sunnis, in my experience, usually avoid declaring other Muslims “non-Muslim.” That is precisely one of the ways in which Wahhabis and other radicals who follow in the tradition of Ibn Taymiyyah depart from mainstream Sunni orthodoxy. But ironically and tragically, this orthodoxy works for them, because the very people whom they excommunicate are slow to return the favor. I admire this aspect of the Sunni tradition very much, even though under some circumstances it may have unfortunate results.
I’m sure you can find Muslims who say that Wahhabis are not Muslims. But I’d need to see quite a bit of evidence before I’d be convinced that it’s a general position.
They mostly exist only in Saudi Arabia and ISIS
This is untrue, unfortunately. Due to Saudi oil money, many mosques in other parts of the world are very heavily influenced by Wahhabism. And since one of the marks of Wahhabis is that they don’t call themselves Wahhabis (because in their mind “Wahhabism” is just “real Islam”) their presence is not obvious, even before we get to the many Muslims who may have accepted some Wahhabi ideas without buying into the whole package. For example, at the mosque I used to visit in Fort Wayne, I don’t believe they celebrated Muhammad’s birthday, and I was certainly told that God has a body (both of these are mentioned in the article you cite below as Wahhabi distinctives), but they spoke of Wahhabis as if they were a group that really did exist and to which they did not belong (which a full-blown Wahhabi wouldn’t, I believe).
In short, I am unconvinced that the line is as sharp as you are making it.
and analysts in the United States define them completely differently than do actual adherents of Islam.
I don’t know which analysts these are or how they make this determination, but I think that’s a mistake.
This is an excellent article, which I have read before. However, it speaks consistently of “orthodox Sunnis” vs. “Wahhabis,” and even at one point speaks of how Wahhabis are different from “other Muslims.” So your own source refutes your claim that Muslims as a whole don’t consider Wahhabis Muslims. This article considers them to be unorthodox Muslims who do not follow the authentic Sunnah.
Rape isn’t any more Islamic than it is Christian.
Again, normatively I have no right to speak on what is or is not Islamic. If Muslims say that rape is “un-Islamic,” good for them. I certainly repudiate it as a Christian.
However, historically it appears to me that in fact the sexual enslavement of women has been accepted by Muslims in a way it has not ever formally been accepted by Christians. Sometimes that resulted in more horrific behavior by Christians. I once read a Crusade chronicle (but alas can’t remember which one) that described finding female camp followers after the defeat of the Islamic army that tried to relieve the siege of Antioch in the First Crusade. The chronicler reported smugly, “We did not do anything evil to them, but thrust our spears through them.” Muslims would have been more likely to do the opposite–the hadith clearly forbid killing female enemies on purpose even if they take up weapons (it is condoned only in the case of a night attack where you can’t see if the enemy is a man or a woman), but Islamic sources do, in fact, sanction having sex with captured women, and as far as I can see this did not traditionally depend on the woman’s consent. In this sense rape does have a place in Islam that it has never had in Christianity. (Which is not the same thing as claiming that Christian armies have never raped–they often did, but it was always condemned by the Church.) There are some areas, like marital rape, where I wish the Church had been clearer. In looking this up, I also found, for instance, a passage in Gratian’s Decretum saying that a girl who was forced by her stepfather to marry at the age of eleven was validly married because she went on living with her husband for a year and a half. In other words, while the Church did require consent, its interpretation of what consent meant was often, by our standards today, extremely broad.
So I am not claiming that Christians have a perfect record here, but I don’t think the two traditions are, historically, equal.