Oh, good. Just what this situation needed: Hollywood!
While visiting Pakistan yesterday (above), Angelina Jolie voiced her opinion on a small Florida church’s planned burning of the Quran this coming Saturday, September 11. The issue has received international attention including a statement from General Petraeus which can basically be summed up as, “Hey, gee thanks, this won’t get anybody killed.” E! News reports:
“I have hardly the words that somebody would do that to somebody’s religious book,” she told reporters in Islamabad after returning from overflowing refugee camps in the northwest part of the country.
Jolie agreed with top U.S. officials that the would-be protest being organized by Pastor Terry Jones could endanger troops in the field and be used by the Taliban and other militants as a propaganda tool to stir up anti-American sentiment and spark a wider clash between the West and Islam.
Of course, at this point the church’s pastor Terry Jones has received all the attention he can squeeze under his handlebar mustache and is reportedly taking Petraeus’ words to heart by “praying on it,” so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t happen. That being said, I honestly don’t know how I feel about this whole situation because, at the end of the day, these people do have the Constitutional right to do this, and I’m pretty sure both religions want to blow each other up anyway. So let’s weigh the pros and cons like rational adults:
- The First Amendment is exercised without government intervention. (Save that shit for non-Christian religions because they don’t count. Amirite?)
- There’s a few less copies of at least one of the 2,000-year-old books choking society with superstition.
- Evangelicals look like even bigger idiots to the civilized world without paying Sarah Palin a speaking fee.
- A Holy War is ignited unnecessarily killing American soldiers because the South prefers burning shit over reading.
Yeesh. I guess the only thing you can really do at this point is ask these people, “What would Jesus do?” but I’m pretty sure I’d get a bunch of answers ranging from “Burn gay people instead?” to stockpiling ammo and shooting “the darkie president in his Socialist processor.” So let’s just agree to shove our heads in the sand on this one and wait it out like the apathetic society we are. (Bikini pictures, anyone?)
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