LEXINGTON, Ky. (Meredith/WDKY/CNN): For many, Kentucky’s first Muslim Day was a day for inspiration and the drive for change with many meeting with lawmakers to discuss their goals for acceptance and tolerance.
However, not everybody had the same goal in mind.
Many self-proclaimed “street preachers” worked their way to make their message loud and clear.
"And every nation that believes in Allah is cursed because they have not the true God," one preacher yelled.
The preachers gathered outside the Lexington Capital and told hundreds of young muslim students that their faith was wrong, as the students got back on their school bus.
Ihsan Bagby, the local Muslim leader, told WDKY, that this might have been the first time the children came face to face with hate.
He said these actions are the perfect example of the change needed for the state to move on.
“I don't think that's the Christian message anyway. I can't imagine Jesus doing that,” Bagby said.
Representative Davis Hale, a preacher in the Christian faith, gave a rally to not let the words of the hate destroy the words of love felt in the capitol.
"I just rise here to voice my concern over that. And, even though I may disagree (our religions differ greatly), I stand here on this floor today saying I would die for the right for them to worship the God that they so choose," Hale said.
Leaders say that message should outweigh anything that can be heard outside.