Christians streamed into Ford Field on Friday for a 24-hour prayer event led by a controversial group as about 150 protesters demonstrated outside.

Chanting, “Stop the hate” and “Spread the love,” the protesters said the prayer rally inside the stadium promotes division and hatred. Led by controversial preacher Lou Engle of Kansas, the event was organized and promoted by a group that often criticizes Muslims, gays, Catholics, Jews and African Americans. Members have used militaristic language against a variety of people, especially Muslims in metro Detroit.

“Their message is not one of inclusion, it’s of hate,” said Jennifer Teed of Detroit, a protester who opposed Engle’s prayer event. “I don’t see how that’s religious at all.”

Teed held a sign in English and Arabic that read, “All are people” and “Standing on the Side of Love.”

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