Fox's Geraldo: Obama Should Encourage American Muslims "To Be Americans First"
Rivera: Obama Should Tell American Imams To "Begin Preaching American Patriotism"August 29, 2014 10:19 AM EDT ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF
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GERALDO RIVERA: I would like the President of the United States to say to Muslim Americans, you are our fellow citizens, we adore you. You are part of the American mosaic. We incorporate you. We extol the virtue of your wonderful religion. But I ask -- me speaking again as the president -- you Imams in the various mosques around the country, to begin preaching American patriotism. Begin spotting these troubled youngsters, disabusing them of the notion that their first loyalty is to jihad or extreme Islam. I think that we now have to recognize that this is an urgent situation. Not merely the military situation in Iraq and Syria, as critical as that is. But right here at home and in Great Britain and in other countries where there has been a tremendous diaspora of the Muslim population, they are everywhere. We love them. They are business leaders, they are drivers, they are teachers, they are scholars. But there must be now a commitment by American Muslims, as encouraged by the President of the United States, to be American first, and to let the kids know that to be a jihadist is a dead end street.
BRIAN KILMEADE: I hate to tell you, don't hold your breath, because we've been trying to do that, and this president has been a very good friend to the Muslims. He actually just celebrated Ramadan again. So if they're not getting the message yet, I think we've had it.