Angelina Jolie upset over Koran-burning plan

Wed Sep 8, 2010 7:50am EDT
 
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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Actress Angelina Jolie on Wednesday joined a growing chorus of opposition to plans by a U.S. pastor to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, amid fears it would fan religious hatred.

The Koran-torching event Saturday planned by Pastor Terry Jones, who heads a tiny, little-known church in Florida, is fueling growing fears about heightened Christian-Muslim tensions in the United States as well as elsewhere in the world.

Oscar-winning Jolie, who is visiting Pakistan to highlight the plight of millions of people devastated by the country's worst-ever floods, said she would never support any such plans.

"Of course not. Of course not," she told a news conference when asked if she supported Jones' plans.

She said she had "hardly the words" to express her opposition to burning someone's religious text.

She hailed the U.S. government's opposition to the plans, which have already triggered angry protests in Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are fighting Taliban militants.

U.S. military commanders in Kabul have warned the spectacle could endanger American lives in Afghanistan while the White House and State Department weighed in with stern warnings making clear that President Barack Obama's administration deplored the plan.

(Reporting by Zeeshan Haider; Editing by Chris Allbritton and Sugita Katyal)