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Picketers confront students at Muslim Day event at Kentucky Capitol

Posted at 8:37 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 11:52:24-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — A video shared on Facebook is gaining attention and controversy. It shows a group of men shouting at Muslim school children outside of the State Capitol. The men are holding picket signs and saying the children follow a false religion.

Hundreds of Muslims were in Frankfort Wednesday for the annual Muslim Day at the Capitol. The event’s goal is to encourage people to get to know their lawmakers and voice their opinions on important topics.

The video captured other, louder voices though. The Council on American-Islamic Relations posted the three-minute clip to the national social media pages with the hashtag #IslamophobiaWatch.

The group of men had several signs, including one calling the prophet Muhammad a liar, murderer and child molesting pervert.

In the video, you can also hear the man behind the camera telling the group they’re harassing children.

Even though the demonstration happened outside, it did get the attention of people inside the Capitol. State Rep. David Hale, who is also a pastor, reportedly rebuked the protesters, saying he would "die for their right to worship the god that they so choose."

When asked, some of the Muslim visitors said the protesters didn't bother them and they "wish peace upon them."

Kentucky State Police officials said in a statement Thursday that they were aware of the issue.

“The Kentucky State Police is aware of the video circulating regarding the events at the Capitol. Kentucky State Police Facility Security personnel were present for the event. No complaints were made to KSP regarding criminal activity and no arrests were made.”