ISIS Flag Flying in London Torn Down by Nun

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | August 11, 2014 | 11:08 AM EDT

A black ISIS flag found flying in east London sparked outrage online after it had been flying for two weeks; but when the area council got permission to remove it, they found it had been torn down in the night by an unlikely figure - a 77 year-old Roman Catholic nun.

Courtesy of: Martin Godwin/Guardian News

"The council can confirm that following reports this morning of a flag erected on the Will Crooks Estate, council officials took steps to remove it but found it had already been taken down by Sister Christine Frost, a well-known local activist and promoter of community cohesion," the London Evening Standard reported. "The flag was removed following concerns that it could cause community tension."

The black flag used by members of the Islamic State currently perpetrating "genocide" in Iraq against religious minorities had been flying at the center of an archway, alongside flags for Palestine and messages to "End the Seize" in Gaza.

The black flag has the Shahadatayn on it in white lettering, translated as 'There is no god but God, and Muhammad is his messenger.' In Iraq, IS fighters are forcing Christians to recite this Muslim creed, or lose their homes and face beheading.

The flag, while it was still flying, was intimidating to Christians in Tower Hamlets, "and a city banker admitted to being unnerved by its presence," The Guardian reported.

"One man who objected to [the flag] says he was confronted by a gang of youths who asked him: 'Are you a Jew?' When he said: 'Would it make a difference?' they responded: 'Yes it f****** would', according to the Guardian," reports the London Evening Standard.

Thankfully, the plucky Sister Christine Frost, who'd served the community for over 44 years as a member of the order of Faithful Companions of Jesus, wasn't intimidated.