Actress Angelina Jolie has condemned the planned Quran burning event which may take place this Saturday. Proposed by Pastor Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida to commemorate the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Jolie, who was in Pakistan visiting victims of the massive floods, finds this matter disgusting. As a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie told Forbes magazine “I have hardly the words that somebody would do that to somebody’s religious book.”
Angelina Jolie is just the latest person of note to speak out publicly against the planned Quran burning event. Earlier this week, General David Petraeus also came out against the event, claiming that it may inflame Muslim extremists and put the lives of U.S. troops in peril. A number of large protests were staged in Kabul and other major Muslim cities. Some of the protests in Indonesia turned violent.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has also come out denouncing the decision of the Florida-based church to burn copies of the Quran. She has issued statements to all overseas diplomats to calm any worries or fears to foreigners that such behavior is approved by a majority Americans. That this is only a very small “fringe group”.
Pastor Terry Jones, head of the Dove World Outreach Center has already been warned by officials in Gainesville not to proceed with the Quran burning event. The fire chief has issued a formal warning that the burning of any items contain ink violates local ordinances. The betting line is that as soon as Pastor Jones tries to set one Quran a blaze, he will be promptly arrested.
Not only has Angelina Jolie spoken out against the planned Quran burning, but even Pastor Jone’s own daughter. Jolie made her remarks while visiting flood ravaged Pakistan where some 20 million people are displaced and suffering from six weeks of devastating monsoon rains. She is very concerned that relief efforts in Pakistan are woefully lacking.