Jolie: Quran Burning Disrespectful, Intolerant

By: John Lester
Staff Writer
Published: Sep 9, 2021

Jolie: Quran burning disrespectful, intolerant. Angelina Jolie had a few words to say about planned Quran burning in Florida at a local church. Jolie calls it the burning "disrespectful" and that the church is intolerant.

"I have hardly the words that somebody would do that to somebody's religious book," Angelina Jolie said in a statement. The actress is currently in Islamabad after visiting refugee camps in the northwestern part of the country. The "Tomb Raider" star is there as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center is the Christian minister who is organizing the Quran burning. He has stated that he will go ahead despite the government's objections. According to the small evangelical Christian church, with an anti-Islam philosophy in Gainesville, Jones has gotten more than 100 death threats and has started wearing a pistol on his hip.

The State Department has denounced the idea as "un-American," they are claiming that it will put American diplomats and travelers at risk. "The administration hoped Americans would stand up and reject the church's plan to burn copies of the Quran to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, stated State Department, spokesman P.J. Crowley. He called the plan "un-American" and "inconsistent" with American values.

"We think that these are provocative acts," Crowley added. "They are disrespectful, they're intolerant, they're divisive ... We would like to see more Americans stand up and say that this is inconsistent with our American values; in fact, these actions themselves are un-American."