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. Yousuf

    Most of you are simply ignorant, rednecks, know nothing about anything at all and of course very hyporcritical. WHAT GOES AROUND ALWAYS COMES AROUND...HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF, TIME WILL TELL.

    Since you all find it so easy to say all Muslims are terrorist, same would go for Christianity...Timothy McVeigh anyone? KKK? or the army group that was busted earlier this year, who were trying to take down our own government? Or maybe Sarah Palin and her husband who are trying to seperate Alaska from usa...OK enough. Most of you have no knowledge at all. YOU ALL ARENT GOOD FOR T HIS SOCEITY

    October 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. creediepoo

    all woman are objects and should be abused accordingly

    October 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. rachel b

    seriously. can any of you people honestly say that you like black people?

    October 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Dinae


    October 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. will'sill

    bigots like you people make me want to vomit. you believe that muslims are evildoers because you're uneducated of the facts. you're the idiots, and degradations to society because you vilify a group of people by making generalizations. not all muslims are terrorists, and not all pastors are pedophiles. there are very few that are, but this is all you see from watching fox and other news because only the negative aspects of society are portrayed in the media. you can have opinions but you should know both sides of an issue before you express you opinion

    October 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. thommy

    i drink breast milk

    October 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. slinky

    Hmm, what motivated his minions to go check if the deal was good?...

    October 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. chris

    i havent abuse my daughter in a couple months. i should get a car

    October 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jayroca

    WOW!!! This man went from being a monster to becoming a real Christian man in what feels like overnight... I hope this story remains true.

    October 16, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. max

    So in the end the decision to not burn the Koran was all about greed... What a pig.

    October 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Rob

    I read a few of the comments here, and find it sad there are so many bitter angry people out there.

    I commend the car dealership for standing up to their word and delivering on their promise. I also commend the Pastor for his courageous decision to donate the car to a Muslim charity. It seems to me that many of the comments here are missing the point that people can have differences of opinion and still be reasonable and at least TRY to understand the other's perspective.

    October 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • slinky

      Yes, the beauty of altruism!

      October 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • WorldGoneMad

      you are obviously a member of that cult church

      October 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Denise

    I guess every Qur'an burning man has his price

    October 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. shahid yaquob janjooa


    October 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. shawn

    We'll I guess our man of the bible proved he is a sell out conservative...and no I would not take a free card to stop my convictions...he has neither class, ethics, character or an understanding of the cloth...like most Americans I know...

    October 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • james

      i would give the lives of you, your children , and all over your family for a free car. i would even do it for 50 bucks. i would love to watch you suffer

      October 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jayman419

    "Pastor gets free car" is not really the same as "Pastor to donate free car" now is it CNN?

    October 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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