A self-described Muslim-American man from South Dakota has sparked a controversy after streaming a video on Facebook Live shot outside a Christian conference in which he brandished an arsenal of guns while making apparent threats.
The man, Ehab Jaber, of Sioux Falls, made the video on April 9 after stopping by the Worldview Weekend Christian gathering in Hilton Garden Inn South.
Event organizer Brannon Howes, president of Worldview Weekend and host of Worldview Weekend Radio and TV, shared screenshots from Jaber’s Facebook Live video on April 17.
According to Howes, an off-duty police officer confronted Jaber and asked him to stop filming inside the venue of the conference, which was attended by an estimated 500 people, including women and children.
Jaber recorded a series of profanity-laced, rambling videos, beginning with one that shows him attending the Christian gathering with a Quran in his hands and wearing a T-shirt that read: ‘I am a Muslim, I open carry and conceal carry and I am only dangerous if you are stupid.’
In the video, a man believed to be an off-duty cop tells Jaber he cannot record video at the conference and then asks his name.
Jaber replies: ‘John Smith, the Muslim John Smith,’ and leaves the hotel.
Later sitting in his car in the parking lot, Jaber streamed to Facebook two more foul-mouthed videos ranting about the allegedly anti-Muslim nature of the event.
The conference’s agenda included a presentation by Shahram Hadian, an former Iranian Muslim turned Christian pastor, which was titled, ‘Sabotaging America: Islam’s March Toward Supremacy.’
One of Jaber’s videos culminated with the man showing off his massive cache of weapons, including three pistols and two assault-style rifles.
As he displays each weapon for the camera, he can be heard saying, ‘be scared’ or ‘be terrified.’
In the next video, a frustrated Jaber complains that the event organizer is just ‘capitalizing on everybody’s f***ing fears so he can sell f***ing books… you f***ing people believe anything.’
Howes, the organizer of the Christian rally, wrote in a Facebook post addressing Jaber’s gun-toting video on Monday: ‘Ask yourself if a white “Christian” did this at a Muslim conference would he be arrested or charged?’
Jaber was not arrested or charged with any crime in the wake of the incident because, according to local police, he has a concealed carry permit and broke no laws.
Sioux Falls police officer Sam Clemens told The Daily Caller that FBI agents interviewed Jaber and cleared him of any wrongdoing.
On Tuesday, Mr Jaber took to Facebook Live again, insisting that he was not a threat to anyone and that as an American citizen, his intention was to exercise his Second Amendment rights.
‘You believe because I’m Muslim that I don’t have the same rights that you do,’ an agitated Jaber says into the camera ‘I’m an American and so are you. I have the same f***ing rights that you do.
At one point he says: ‘I’m not a terrorist… If you were expecting an ISIS flag behind me and a cave, you couldn’t be so far off from the truth.’
Source : The Daily Mail UK