|Hopes to fly it again soon|
A photo has emerged of the New Jersey man who sparked controversy among his neighbors for flying a flag that is now associated with the jihadist group Islamic State.
Pictured holding the flag outside his home today, Mark Dunaway, of Garwood, says he's been flying the it most Fridays and during the holy month of Ramadan for 10 years - long before ISIS militants adopted the symbol as their own.
For Dunaway, the flag — which says in Arabic, 'There is only one god, Allah, and the prophet Muhammad is his messenger' — is just a symbol of his faith.
'Every Muslim uses that black flag,' Dunway, 44, told NJ.com. 'You'll find it in any mosque in world.
'I am an American citizen and I love my country, but I am also a Muslim and I use that flag to say I’m a Muslim.'Yeah, sure. And neo-Nazis use the swastika because it represents good luck. (Sarc.)
Some of his fellow Muslims want to fly the same flag ... over the White House.
Update 8/16/2014: Well, the question in my title appears to be answered. Via Front Page Magazine:
A Facebook page that appears to be his [Dunaway's] shows that he “liked” Zaid Shakir and Bilal Philips. Both are vile bigots and terrorism supporters. Philips was also named an unindicted co-conspirator in the World Trade Center bombing.
He also likes Khalid Yassin who called for killing gays and the Wahhabist Abubakar Gumi. Also liked was Abu Mussab Wajdi Akkari and the Islamic Emirate.
These are the sorts of figures you might like if you’re a convert with Islamist sympathies.The Front Page Magazine article goes on to explain:
These are the sorts of Muslim figures that you’re more likely to like if you have a Salafist orientation. These are the sorts of Islamic leaders who are fairly blunt about calling for the full force of Islamic law to come down on anyone and everyone… including the United States.