A number of local organizations are planning to protest outside the Empire Arts Center on Tuesday night prior to a talk being given by Christian speaker Usama Dakdok, whose speeches on Islam have stirred up controversy in the region in the past year.

"Basically everything he (Dakdok) is saying is hate speech," said Bailey Bubach, president of UND's Muslim Student Association. "It's anti-Islamic rhetoric."

Phil Ehlke, general manager of the Christian radio station Q-FM, which is sponsoring the event, said the purpose of the having Dakdok speak is to instruct people about what Islam is.

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