A state legislator is taking heat for attending a private Shariah law event in St. Cloud that critics are calling anti-Islam.

Sen. David Brown, R-Becker, said the backlash he's getting for speaking at the event, billed as "Shariah 101," is unfounded.

"It wasn't [a] hyped-up, Islam-is-terrible type of thing," he said. "It wasn't any of that."

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