- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 10, 2015

A New Jersey homeowner is in hot water with his neighbors over a controversial anti-Islamic State Halloween display.

The decorations outside the Cleary Avenue home include a mannequin dressed as a tortured captive of the terrorist group, a hanged mannequin dressed as a murdered soldier and a machete-wielding mannequin dressed as President Obama.

“We in this house do not like ISIS,” said the homeowner who would only be identified as Matt, NJ Advance Media reported. “What greater scary man is there than the real threat among us?”

To view photos of the display, click here.

But some of Matt’s neighbors are not happy about the bloody display.



“I think it’s tasteless and un-American,” AlexJo Natalie, who lives across the street in a home bearing two POW/MIA flags, told NJ Advance Media. “Like it or not, Halloween is now viewed as a kid’s holiday. That’s not (a house) I would think a lot of parents would want their kids trick or treating at.”

But Ms. Natalie conceded: “It’s his property, he can do what he wants. It’s just not something I would really like to see.”

Matt admitted that he politicized the decorations by installing them on Sept. 11, but said he didn’t put up the display “to make the neighbors happy.”

Some of the decorations have been vandalized since media reports of the display were published Thursday, but Matt said he plans to reinstall the decorations and “kick it up a notch.”

However he said that he did take down the Obama mask and doesn’t plan to put it back on the mannequin because he likes the ski mask better.

His friend, who asked to be identified as Bill Ecks, said most of the criticism received wasn’t from people who live in the cul-de-sac but from “social justice warriors with hurt feelings.”

“I think people are making more of this than it is,” he said.

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