Man hangs ISIS-associated flag outside NJ home

GARWOOD, NJ (PIX11) — A New Jersey man has raised a flag that is causing concern among his neighbors.

The man recently hung what some neighbors called an ISIS flag outside his home in Garwood. When a picture was posted onto Twitter, neighbors on Winslow Place called the police.

The flag, which is used by an Islamic extremist group responsible for violence in Iraq, has since been removed from display. Even so, neighbors still wonder why the flag was there to begin with.

PIX11 has confirmed the flag was on display at the home for at least three weeks.

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.

“I understand now that people turn on CNN and see the flag associated with jihad, but that’s not the intention of that flag at all,” he told the website. 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.

Retired Jersey City police officer Ed Bergin, who lives doors away from the home said, “I just hope the authorities handle it from here.”

“For a man to fly a flag like that, authorities have to get involved in it,” Bergin said.

The man says he’s hesitant to fly the flag now because of all the controversy.

“I would love to fly it again on Friday. I hope this situation goes away,” he said.

407 comments

      • Bill

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    • Ann

      Schmoe – that nerd is looking to see his virgins. Maybe neighbors and volunteers can help with that desire. Would like to see all those islam, jihadists, ISIS, AHoles meet their virgins.

  • Doe Jon (@doejon100)

    Islam doesn’t have to bring there holy war to America because there solders are already here. Once they organize the fireworks are going to begin the car bombs and suicide bombers will soon be on our streets and nightly on the news. Islam said there going to kill the “Great Satin” and there not making fake threats. We must be infidels they told us they where coming and never tried to hide it and we just looked blindly on telling ourselves that wouldn’t, couldn’t, cant happen here where America? Well Infidel’s it’s here and it’s not going away learn Islam and convert or die.

    • Yeshua bar Yusuf

      Please learn to spell before you attempt to spread your ignorance. At least the members of ISIS can manage that much.

    • Yeshua bar Yusuf

      Is Christianity more or less violent? This question is based on fact, so please do research before you answer.

      • darren steeves

        Are there currently any militant Christian factions killing Muslims en masse – no – therefore Christianity is the true religion of peace and love – Jesus said – “Those that live by the sword will die by it” , Mohammed said “Kill all the infidels with the sword.”

        now It is time for you to break out all the references who you say were Christians – like Hitler – who were not

      • Burt Ward

        Flawed concept indeed. Christianity is a verb. You can’t be a Christian and do harm, it does not work. Christ gave three basic principles to live by. First was taken from Old Covenant teaching known as the 10 commandments. He said all other Judaic laws are not valid any more. Then he said to honor your parents. Then he said to love the Lord they God with all thy heart and soul. That’s it. Nothing about bashing in someone’s head if they didn’t repent. Christ never advocated war, violence, or hate. That’s the biggest difference between Islam and Christ. You also don’t have to point your body to face his crucifixion site. Christ is everywhere and nowhere. Islam requires you aim your body toward the cement box with the smelly rotten corpse inside and pray to it several times per day. Islam mandates you will follow the man in that box or else we have the right to end your life. Christ mandated we go out to all of the world and teach in his name. There is no provision for killing those who don’t accept the teachings. Islam says we condemn them for not believing in Christ’s teachings. I say that’s right except the final judgement is for the Lord, not us on Earth. Islam then says it better to get the judgement done NOW and not wait for a Lord judgement later. But Christ’s ways allow for final redemption up to the time of natural death. Islam redemption brings death if it is not chosen.

      • riz

        Burt you can really need some education. Please go to a secular school and learn a little about the differences and similarities between islam and christianity, between jesus and mohammad. you might be surprised and if you keep an open mind, some of your bigotry and hatred might be cured.

      • P D MacGuire

        Christianity isn’t a reason to kill people, the last five hundred years or so. Presbyterians don’t go sawing off the heads of Roman Catholics or Copts, even theough they have more doctrinal differences than the Sunnis and Shiites do. They need to grow up.

      • Alex

        Yeshua Bar Yusuf–you raise a very valid point, despite others apparently not being able to realize it. While not currently in the “spotlight” so to speak for the acts of violence and mass genocide perpetrated in the name of Christianity, the history of the faith is far from lily-white, as some would like to delude themselves into believing. While it is true that Christianity as a faith goes by the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus Christ, there are many who choose to stubbornly continue to cherry pick certain old testament verses and twist them to suit their own warped agenda–which can happen in any faith. So for those who say Christianity is strictly a peaceful religion would do well to study the history of the faith a bit more before casting stones. And just to “lay all of my cards on the table,” born, raised, and identify as a Christian to this day, however ashamed I may be of some of my “brothers and sisters.”

  • Yeshua bar Yusuf

    So just so we’re clear, the man is asked about his flag, he says it represents the religion he has peacefully practiced for his life, he lives in a country that supports freedom of religion, but he will not be allowed to fly the flag anymore? Will his neighbors – his American neighbors – use the language of hatred and call him infidel? Will they ostracize him and hate him for his beliefs, as ISIS does? Or will they overcome hatred, overcome bigotry, stand together and be strong, as Americans should, safe in the knowledge that there are those who twist religion for hatred and those who practice it in peace?

    • Burt Ward

      Sunnis bomb Shiite funerals. Shiites bomb Sunni funerals. ISIS digs up Jonah’s bones and burns them. Christ walked this Earth 2000 years ago as a teenager and he quizzed the Sanhedrin, Saducees, and Pharisees with deep questions about Mosaic and Judaic law and how they were not following in the Lord’s way. So later he negates most of their Old Covenant laws and creates the New Covenant which has three basic tenants. If we live by those tenants today we are happy in our lives as we don’t kill, steal, and hate. ISIS is the complete opposite of those three concepts.

    • darren steeves

      That flag is now the same as the Swastika. Before the rise of the Nazi’s the swastika was a symbol of luck. now its the sign of evil. His flag was the flag of Islam, but prior to 9/11,ISIS, Hamas, Al-kida (yes I know that is spelled wrong, who cares.) Shari Law, etc etc etc.

      • P D MacGuire

        Exactly. There’s nothing wrong with the German or Japanese flags, but nobody was foolish enough to fly them here in 1943. He was looking for trouble.

    • Ann

      Yeshua bar Yusuf: Bigotry has nothing to do with your beliefs. Its your murderous ways of killing even your own families that we abhor. You are hated. Your people have been at war since BC and have always killed. Please take yourself and family back to the country that loves killing and your religion will fit right in.

      • Alex

        Ann-please don’t presume to speak for me or for others. If you want to “hate” someone, do it yourself. Those of us who have truly studied the faiths understand that they can be twisted by anyone who wants to. And yes, I include Christianity in that list of faiths, just so you know I’m not “bigoted.”

  • Ncwriter

    Not sure what the fuss is about. A bunch of closed minded haters can’t handle a flag being flown so they have to threaten a mans free speech. Completely unAmerican and anti-liberal.

    • shannon

      Really? Unamerican? So I suppose someone wearing a KKK hat and robe is ok under freedom of religion and freedom of speech? Even though its totally tasteless,ignorant and just down right obscene? Like flying that flag and playing dumb to any knowledge of its meaning? So this muslim must not talk to any other muslims because surely someone would have told him about ISIS. Obviously this guy doesn’t read a newspaper or watch tv or go to church or talk to people. But he is very American according to you.

      • David (Retired U.S. Army, Iraq War Veteran, 2 tours)

        This is the America I spent 22 years of my life defending? The majority of you should take a class on the U.S. Constitution, then pack your bigoted, hypocritical butts onto the next transport to Russia. The man had been flying the flag for the last 10 years and NOW it is a problem? Yes, he does have freedom of speech and religion. You complain about violence, yet threaten him with bodily harm. You jump on your soapboxes and demand YOUR rights under the Constitution, yet when someone has different beliefs, you come down on them with hatred. Please take your Christian “values” and place them in the same place you flush. Unbelievable.

      • darren steeves

        Unfortunely I can’t reply to you David directly.
        I cannot agree with everything that has been said here – Even thought I am in Canada – I do appreciate the service of all soldiers, and I can only begin to imagine the horrors you have seen over in Iraq.
        He does have the right to fly his flag that has been adopted by ISIS, absolutely, just as someone should be able to fly the Swastika, The Confederate Flag, or even the US Flag, without being told it is offending someone. In much the same way, The cross at ground zero should stay, even though it offends the atheist.

        Thank you for your service.

      • Linda

        Shannon, I guess this means that if you use a confederate flag that means you are a white bigot and all colored people should be slaves. No, it does not. This flag has been around a lot longer than Isis. So take your rude comments to this US citizen and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine. I am tired of all the so called patriots of our country that thinks if anyone thinks differently or even looks differently should be beaten up or worse killed. Our country being a melting pot is what makes us great. Not, and I mean NOT being of just one religion, color, or from one nation only. I am proud of being an American, this is includes agreeing to disagree with you.

      • Yeshua bar Yusuf

        Shannon, it is my sincere hope that you are not a parent, so children are not raised under such vile ignorance. It may surprise you to know that the KKK still operates in America, and their speech is protected.

      • Alex

        Shannon–I’m going to attempt to type this response before I die of laughter at your response to NCWRITER. Yes, UNAMERICAN. We are guaranteed the right of free speech under the Constitution–you might want to take a history lesson or two. That freedom doesn’t mean you have to agree with said “speech,” or even approve of it. (Hence why you are able to freely post what you just did, even though it garnered a very negative response from me.) That same freedom doesn’t excuse the “speaker” from potential repercussions, but as the gentleman stated, he has flown that flag for 10 years now with no issue, and there should be NO repercussions. Chances are, his neighbors never even noticed it was up, as it was nothing more than a man flying a flag outside his house, which is what it still is today, I’d be willing to bet. Have you actually researched the meaning of the flag in question prior to ISIS coming to the forefront in the news as of late? If you did, I think you might be surprised at the true meaning behind it. In fact, I challenge you to do so–and when you’re done, please let me know how if you prefer your crow warm or cold.

  • AYSU

    I don´t understand what the hashtag Turkey(twitter picture)has to do with this. There is no sign of ISIS in Turkey.. Ignorant people.. You only know the map of the USA.. So sad

    • Burt Ward

      I personally wouldn’t do any physical harm to him. But I would put out his address and tell people to toss bacon, pig fat, ham tailings, and pig $hit on his front porch.

      • dcmcconnell1

        Mr. Ward, you are a perfect example of a domestic terrorist, who is too much of a coward to back up his own words. You wouldn’t harm him, but you would put his name and address out there so others could? And you would put bacon and pig feces on his porch? Do you burn crosses in people’s yards too? How can you even consider yourself an American, let alone a human being? You and Heather should hook up and start your own Aryan Nation. Simply pathetic.

  • Heather Savage

    If the guy flying this flag is so proud to associate himself to this group of non human, savage, mid evil cavemen who want to make EVERYONE Just as miserable as they are then I’m sure a plane to Iraq is leaving any minute. If an American citizen flew a Nazi swastika flag in WW2 would’ve been swiftly “dealt with” This shows how political correctness has only made things worse

  • Burt Ward

    Islam, the religion of peace, TODAY bombs funerals of the wrong version of their beliefs. Sunnis bomb Shiites. Shiites bomb Sunnis. Now folks, these people are already dead. ISIS even dug up the bones of Jonah and bombed them. Now can this guy honestly tell me on his high horse how peaceful they are when they dig up a dead man’s bones and bomb them?

  • riz

    its true, christians are not killing people, they are just funding and arming israel to do it for them. you want to talk about pieces of women and children, look no farther that Gaza

    • darren steeves

      Well you muslims want to paint Israel as the bad guys in Gaza – but you should be aware that Hamas and your other terrorist groups there fired first – Israel is defending itself –
      As everyone who have a clue says – if Hamas stops shooting – There will be peace. If Israel stops shooting – then they will be eradicated. In that conflict – Israel is in the right.

      • riz

        ofcourse there would be peace after israel takes the land that did not belong to them and blockades gaza then hamas should just sit back and let israel build its illegal settlements, illegal under un and declared illegal by america, but please don’t let facts stand in the way of your stupidity

      • darren steeves

        Poor Riz – Israel always has belongs to the Jews. There has never been a state of Palestine, . Just because you want people to believe that doesn’t make it true. The UN can go pound sand for all I care – they are just trying to appease Saudi Arabia and the UAE for the oil. Obama condemning Israel is like you condemning Israel – Obama is pro-muslim and a liar

      • riz

        and you sound like a zionist, me condemning israel is like jews condemning hitler, astonishing that the people who suffered in the old holocaust are perpetrators of the new one. there was never a state of israel until 1948. paestinians were there whether the state was there or not

      • darren steeves

        1948? Really? Israel has been the homeland for the Jews for THOUSANDS of years. I am clearly not a Zionist. I don’t even really understand what makes someone a Zionist. I just do know that Israel has been the home of the Jews\Muslims hate Jews (and Christians and any non-muslims otherwise) and want to eradicate them. Israel is not going to eradicate anyone – there is a lot more Muslims around the world then their are Jews. If anyone are the Nazis in the modern world its the Muslims.

      • riz

        oh i am sorry i thought we were talking about facts not biblical facts, no wonder you are detached from reality, my bad please carry on with your hypnosis, i will not bother you anymore.

      • darren steeves

        We are talking facts. Historical Facts. Even though the Bible is true, unlike your Quran, There are lots of other sources of reference that support the Jews claim to Jerusalem and Israel.

        Again show me a map with the nation of Palestine on it -

      • dcmcconnell1

        History also shows that the Roman Empire covered Southern Europe and Northern Africa. By your logic, we should give all of this land back to Italy. Stay on subject. This man has a RIGHT to display his religious flag, just as you have the right to display any religious flag of your choice. The majority of posters on this forum seem to be all for denying rights to anyone who doesn’t believe as they do. Nazi much?

      • darren steeves

        I am finding the article and discussion interesting from this perspective
        He is flying a flag that is currently being used by ISIS – a terrorist organization but the same people who are supporting the terrorist flag would be the first to make someone in Arizona take down the American Flag because it might offend the illegal immigrants flooding across the border.
        Would you also accept someone flying a Confederate Flag – considered a flag of hate by minorities, or a Swastika – a flag of hate to everyone.
        My interest is really more in the hypocritical intolerance by the liberals.

      • dcmcconnell1

        I would support someone in the sense that it is allowed under the U.S. Constitution. Would I agree with their beliefs concerning the Confederate or Nazi flag? No, but I would not threaten them in any way either. Would I demand they take it down? No. Would I refuse to associate with them? Undoubtedly. My problem with the posts on this forum is the blatant ignorance, bigotry and hypocrisy. It saddens me to see comments like these from people who probably consider themselves true Americans. And it saddens me to think I volunteered to serve these same people.

  • riz

    heather, that flag is NOT an isis or alkaida flag. It is a flag that represents his religios affiliation not his political affiliation. ISIS is a political group that has nothing to do with islam. Just because they call themself an islamic group does not make them representatives of islam.

  • riz

    Burt, please stop watchin TV and try to do some research. Most muslims are against group like ISIS and al kaida. they have been fighting these groups and ignorance of people like you for a very long time and have paid a price higher than anyone else.

  • williamC

    Islam is anything but a “religion” of unity and peace. While the majority of Muslims may be peace loving and tolerant, Islam’s legacy will read otherwise. Theirs is a history of invasion, division and conquest – from the continuous 400 years of incursions into Europe during the Middle ages, to the present day, and repeated assaults on Israel and even their Arab and Muslim neighbors. One need only study the history of Pakistan, from its establishment to now. Their rule has bee consistently one of intolerance and persecution of non-Muslims. Whether intended or not, the religion of Mohammed has bred this kind of legacy.

    • Jeff Neff

      Projecting Christian history onto Muslims or else you are a grossly ignorant bigot. The history of Muslims towards others is tolerance for others for the most part with only small instances of intolerance when one compares its 1400 plus history. The opposite is true for Christianity!

  • Jeff Neff

    The history of Christianity is one of conquest, subjugation, and genocide as the indigenous peoples around the world can testify. Muslims have a long way to go to ever compete with the atrocities of Christiandom against innocent civilians; starting with the atrocities funded by Reagan and the atrocities committed by Bush II alone!

    • Derrick

      What crap history book u been reading? I guess you may be referring to the Crusades. But Islam has always been an intolerant religion of hate and had the Crusades succeeded, we wouldn’t be dealing with the muslim threat now. It’s 1 thing to say Christianity has long been a religion of subjugation and whatever else, but proving it something else. The Koran teaches Muslims to slaughter those who aren’t Muslims or infadels. The Bible says nothing about slaughtering gentiles or non believers, not in the Old Testament or in the New. If any group did so in the name of God or Christ, such as in the Spanish inquisition, it wasn’t by His command. The Inquisition was all about the greed for gold anyway, any historian can tell ya that. The Ottoman Empire which is now modern day Turkey held the boot of Islam over much of Asia Minor demanding tribute of gold and young boys to their empire. The Sultan had anyone who refused slaughtered, all in the name of Allah. Just because someone says they do something in the name of a particular god, religion, person or organization, is meaningless unless they can back it up. The Koran, which is in direct opposition to the Christian Bible, is that proof. The Koran, Islam is nothing short of evil. U don’t have to be a Jew or Christian to see that much, just have some common sense. Anything Raegan or Bush may’ve done, they did because they believed it was right in order to protect and save innocent lives. It may not always have the right answer, but that’s how life is sometimes. Sometimes u have to to roll the dice, make a decision and hope its right. 50/50 chance to be right or wrong. I’m sure you’ve been wrong a few times, yourself… like right now for example

  • ztyoauthor

    We, in the United States, have freedom of speech. If the man wants to hang a flag then he can hang a flag without the authorities. I WOULD remind the man that everybody around him has the same free speech, and the media can and will show it to look exactly as the flag ISIS flies. If you believe in a peaceful islam (which has a LOT of passages about killing and murdering, and as christians the Old testament may have similar posts but as christians Jesus told us to love and NOT kill those that do not follow him.) then I’m okay with it, but unfortunetly you live in a world that does not trust islam thanks to your buddies in ISIS.

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