Speaking in front of the United Nations, President Obama quoted and praised a radical Muslim cleric who has called for the murder of US soldiers in the Middle East.
Obama hailed Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah as a “moderate Muslim leader.”
“The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed, confronted, and refuted in the light of day,” Obama said. “Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies – Sheikh bin Bayyah described its purpose: ‘We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace.’”
Of course, Bin Bayyah’s history is anything but “moderate.”
In 2004, Bib Bayyah backed a fatwa that supported the murder of US soldiers in Iraq, saying “resisting occupation troops” is a “duty” of all Muslims.
In 2009, his organization issued a fatwa “barring ‘normalization of relations’ with Israel.”
“This should not have been tweeted and has since been deleted,” the department tweeted.
Last year, the administration was slammed for sending White House national security officials to meet with Bin Bayyah.
Patrick Poole, a terrorism analyst who has long tracked Bin Bayyah, told the Washington Free Beacon that, “It is simply amazing that just a few months ago the State Department had to publicly apologize for tweeting out its support for Bin Bayyah, only to have Barack Obama go before the leaders of the entire world and publicly endorse Bin Bayyah’s efforts.”