In his U.N. speech today, President Barack Obama appeared to praise a controversial Muslim cleric, Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah. He called the cleric a moderate Muslim leader who could help combat ISIS.

However the cleric’s group backed a fatwa, calling for the deaths of American soldiers in 2004.

Still, the administration says he is not radical because in March 2013, he was at the center of a group of 200 Muslim scholars who met at a forum for promoting peace.

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Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, was on “The Kelly File” tonight where he said that some clever groups condemn the means of groups like ISIS, but they still believe in the same end – supremacy of the Islamic state.

“The narrative in this administration is against the moderates, and it’s actually promoting the status quo,” he said.

Megyn Kelly noted that at the very minimum, Bin Bayyah is controversial and said she doesn’t know why Obama promoted him.

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Meanwhile, the White House stands by the president’s statements.