After photos were posted online and neighbors called police, a flag associated with ISIS was removed from the front of a home in Garwood, New Jersey.
The flag is frequently displayed by the extremist group ISIS, which is linked to violence in Iraq. The flag was on display on the front of the home for at least three weeks, according to our sister station WPIX.
“For a man to fly a flag like that, authorities have to get involved in it,” said neighbor and retired police officer Ed Bergin.
The man told NJ.com that he has flown the flag outside his home during Ramadan and on Fridays for about 10 years. It has never been a problem, he said, until a photo of it was posted on Twitter on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
The man explained that the writing on the flag reads, “There is only one god, Allah, and the prophet Muhammad is his messenger.”
“It’s not meant to be a symbol of hate. Islam is all about unity and peace. I am not a part of any group like that, and I’m not anti-American. I love my country, but I am a Muslim,” he said.