“That’s the excuse du jour. … They aren’t linked,” she said. “Don’t even try tying them together. It’s just pointless. They’re killing people every week over there.”
Gerrard said she was aware that international leaders had previously pleaded with Jones not to burn the Quran. She said she knew that Jones had received messages from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Gen. David Petraeus and Pope Benedict XVI, among others.
“And I said, what is wrong with this picture that the whole international community, and everybody is getting involved? Why are they so terrified of this little guy in Florida with a Quran in a little no-nothing church?” she said. “We are told that Muslims are peaceful and we don’t have a Muslim problem. Why are they all freaking out about this? Don’t we have free speech?”
Gerrard described the trial as “anti-climactic” and said it lasted about five and a half hours.
The trial was conducted largely in Arabic and thus was translated for the jurors, she said. The evidence presented came from passages of the Quran.
Testimony also was taken from witnesses on both sides of the issue, according to Dove Outreach’s website. Jones presided as judge.
Gerrard said she became involved because she wanted to learn more about the persecution of non-Muslims and Sufi Muslims, who she believes are persecuted.
“I feel like I have the obligation to hear them. I know they’re ignored and marginalized in their Muslim countries,” she said. “We should be hearing them and listening to them because they are telling us what is going on over there.”