An 'understanding' the Muslim threat event draws protests

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA-TV) - A presentation on "Understanding the Threat" brought protesters to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Thursday.

The event, hosted by ACT for America, Family Heritage Alliance, local churches and the Pennington County Republicans, was the second event of this theme in Rapid City.

KOTA Territory News was denied access into the event, but given a statement by ACT for America. It read in part:

"The Rapid City chapter of ACT for America has decided to keep the "Understanding the Threat" event private due to previous mis-characterization and inaccurate reporting by members of the media... Learning about Islamic extremism is relevant in this age of terrorism, and the media has used a specific and intentional agenda to depict our attendees as bigots."

Family Heritage Alliance Director of Political Operations Ed Randazzo had agreed to an interview, but later decided against it.

Indivisible Rapid City protested in front of the Civic Center on Thursday, saying they stand by the Rapid City Muslim community. Founding member, Lori Miller says they will not stand for this kind of event in Rapid City.