You may have already seen it on your Facebook feed. A video of a Muslim man flaunting guns outside a Sioux Falls Christian Conference event is making the rounds on social media.
Earlier in April, more than 300 people came to hear former Muslim turned Christian pastor Shahram Hadian and Christian Radio Host Brannon Howse speak in Sioux Falls.
The two speakers claimed they didn’t come with an “anti-Muslim” message, but 46-year-old Ehab Jaber felt otherwise.
We asked him for an on-camera interview, but he chose to hold a Facebook live news conference instead.
“You know if you want to be really scared… be scared,” Jaber said.
One after the other, the video shows Jaber showing off the guns he had with him at the Hilton Garden Inn South last weekend. This next clip shows him inside the Worldview Weekend Christian Conference, just before security asked him to leave.
“He had some guns on him. One of the security guards noticed that and talked to him, told him that guns weren’t allowed in that facility and asked him to leave. The man left,” Sam Clemens, Sioux Falls Police Department, said.
Jaber left this message on his Facebook page soon after.
In a Facebook Live video posted Tuesday, Jaber claims he wasn’t planning to hurt anyone.
“I did not go to a Christian conference to hurt anybody. I went to protest. I went to protest an anti-Muslim rally,” Jaber said.
Jaber says he went to join the pro-Muslim protest outside the hotel. Like others there, he believed the speakers came to promote fear and hate against those who practice the Islamic faith.
“What I can’t handle anymore is staying quiet about (expletive), about injustice,” Jaber said.
Though he wasn’t allowed to bring his guns inside the event, police say his concealed carry permit gives him the legal right to carry them in public.
“He had a lot of guns with him, but he wasn’t breaking any laws. He didn’t threaten anybody directly. He didn’t threaten any groups of people,” Clemens said.
Police say that’s why Sioux Falls police didn’t arrest him at the event.
Clemens does say the case is now in the hands of the Lincoln County State’s Attorney to determine whether any possible charges will be filed against Jaber.