Richard Black, a Virginia state senator who represents parts of Prince William and Loudon Counties has been declared “The Enemy” by an ISIS publication.
â€œOn March 30th, 2015, Capitol Police notified me that the 8th Edition of ISISâ€™s international magazine, Dabiq, refers to me as â€˜The Enemyâ€™ and as â€˜The American Crusader,â€™” Black said in a prepared statement. “Last month in the same publication, ISIS spokesman Shaykh Abu Muhammad al-Adnani called on Muslims to terrorize â€˜crusadersâ€™ in their own homes and streets. Likewise, ISIS routinely praises and glorifies terrorist attacks on Western soil as the killing of â€˜crusadersâ€™ through this same publication.”
Black said he can’t deny the charge.
â€œIt is true, I am an enemy of ISIS. The attempts by ISIS to silence freedom of speech is a grave threat to our democracy. I am alarmed by the targeting of our American soldiers and their families in our own country. I feel solidarity with the innocent Muslims and Christians who are being persecuted daily by ISIS.
â€œWeâ€™ve got to stop training rebels to topple the Syrian government. Many of those rebels flow directly into ISIS and Al Qaeda. If we topple Syria, within weeks Jordan and Lebanon could fall to ISIS, creating a power center for a historic offensive by terrorists against Europe,â€ Black said.
Black, a Republican, was elected to represent the newly-created 13th District in 2011. Prior to that, he served for eight years in the House of Delegates, representing the 32nd District in Loudoun County.