October 16th, 2010
09:56 AM ET

Controversial pastor gets free car for not burning Quran

The Rev. Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who caused a firestorm last month when he came close to staging a public Quran burning, is getting a new car courtesy of a New Jersey dealership.

In the run-up to the planned book-burning, Brad Benson Hyundai in New Brunswick offered Jones a vehicle if the pastor backed down on his threat.

“We heard on the news that he was going to burn the Quran," Benson Hyundai general manager David Canton told CNN on Saturday.

After condemnations from around the world, Jones called off the burning.

A representative from Jones' church, Dove World Outreach Center, called Benson Hyundai recently to see whether the offer was still good, Canton said.

It was. Jones is getting a 2011 Hyundai Accent, valued at around $13,600.

"He stood up to his end of the bargain and we’re standing up to ours,” Canton said.

A woman who answered the phone Saturday at Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, said Jones would donate the car to a Muslim charity.

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  1. Cynthia Rutherford

    I CAN NOT BELIEVE A MAN OF GOD WOULD DO A BURNING LIKE THIS OR ACCEPT A FREE ANYTHING.WHATS THIS COUNTRY COMING TO.IF I WAS IN HIS CHURCH....I WOULDN'T BE. JUST BECAUSE HE WAS OFFERED THE CAR DOESN'T MEAN HE HAD TO TAKE IT.I WOULD BE CHECKING THE CHURCHES FINANCES.

    October 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. scott

    Reminder: we are at war with muslim extremists who are slowly taking over our country while all of u are pacifying yourselves by joking. U are a bunch of head in the sand liberals who are afraid to stand up for this country and you will surely help us lose our country by being wimps.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. rh

    PLEASE CNN update this story, as the pastor donated his car to a Jersey City women's shelter.

    Isn't there some way that GOOD stories can be promoted more than BAD stories?

    October 23, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    The convert it to a car bomb is by far the greatest comment!!!!

    October 16, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. nonyadamnbizness

    lolol

    October 16, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. sandy sneden

    Idiot

    October 16, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. truthywood

    And you are product of ?

    October 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kanon

    @truthywood Inbreeding.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GimmeSomeTruth

    John, a product of hate, a pinch of naivety, and a whole lot of generalizations.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JJinCVCA

    @Steve, that comment you love so much is also entirely delusional, completely derogetory, and downright infentile.

    October 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ryan

    i hope your parents are dead

    October 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chig

    Sweet!

    October 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. babajiska

    People, there are many Religions today that do really bad things. There is a promise in the Bible though, ..that ALL false Religion that have done and do bad things, will soon come to their End. the Bible promises this! In Revelation chapter 18. (Last book of the Bible).
    It is very interesting! please Read if you have a bible. when Jesus was on earth, he mentioned that by their fruits (Works), you will recognize them (False religion). He said a rotten tree cannot produce fine fruits. Likewise every good tree produces fine fruit. The problem lies with FALSE Religion. Revelation chapter 18:5 tells us that the sins of Professed christians or False Religions have " Massed together in heaven, and God will call her (False Religion) Acts to mind. So dear all who are disgusted because of the bad things that Religions practice today, Take heart! The True God will judge them soon. i wish you all well.

    October 17, 2010 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Miken3

    See my eearlier post about your "good book". Yes me and the good lord have our daily conversations, but I do not need a tainted "how to" manual to do it.

    October 17, 2010 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. John

    That's a nice thing to say.

    October 17, 2010 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
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