Angelina Jolie Blasts Florida Rev's Quran-Burning Plans

Actress echoes top U.S. officials

By Sara Dover
|  Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM EDT
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Hollywood actress and the goodwill ambassador of UNHCR, Angelina Jolie visits a camp setup for people displaced by heavy floods, in Mohib Banda near Peshawar, Pakistan on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

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An emotional Angelina Jolie said shame on a Florida pastor’s plans to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of 9/11.

The U.N. "goodwill ambassador" and Oscar-winning actress joined several top U.S. officials in condemning the Rev. Terry Jones' plans during her second day visiting the flood-stricken northwestern Pakistan.

“I have hardly the words that somebody would do that to somebody’s religious book,” Jolie said, according to Eonline.com.

Jolie, 35, arrived in Pakistan Tuesday on a mission to spotlight the humanitarian crisis in the largely Muslim country, where 1,700 have died since monsoons flooded villages and turned lives upside-down in late July.

As controversial issues surrounding Islam and Ground Zero continue to make headlines, Jones, of the Dove World Outreach Center, has announced he'll torch the holy books on Sept. 11, despite warnings from U.S. government officials about Americans’ safety and criticism that the demonstration is "distasteful."

Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. troppos in Afghanistn, has said such an act “could cause significant problems” for troops in the Middle East.

"Images of the burning of a Quran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan--and around the world--to inflame public opinion and incite violence," Petraeus wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Jolie responded briefly to a question about Jones' plans while talking about the families she met with and damaged homes she had seen.

“I met with many mothers who were very emotional having lost their children,” said Jolie, while wearing the traditional black robe and head scarf. She later added: “These are long, extended situations that need our support for a very long time.”

Over 17 million continue to be affected by the floods that overwhelmed the Indus River and washed away hundreds of villages. The United Nations has received $294 million in emergency funds but is short on the needed $460 million.

Selected Reading: PopEater, OK! Magazine, E! Online

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