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. slinky

    I'm dying to see the reaction when the rest of the world finds out... "Only in America!" LOL

    October 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jenn

    This is ridiculous! Why in the hell would anyone "reward" this fool for doing what he should have done to begin with? So now our country gives freebies to people for not doing stupid things? Guess there will be many companies to go bankrupt if this trend catches on! The only reward this fool should get is staying out of jail by not burning them. Personally I think he should be locked away, burning books or not, simply because he is a moron and obviously not a "religious" man as he claims. Truly religious people know tolerance for others, even if they don't agree with them.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. YBP

    A new use for religion: EXTORTION.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      That's not a new idea for religion. That's quite old actually; we're talking like thousands of years back even to the ancient pagan religions.

      October 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. YBP

    Interesting how the free car trumps this guy's religious convictions. Concerned Christians should put this guy out of business!

    October 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jenn

    As for those that claim "all Muslims are bad".....maybe you should educate yourselves. I have known many Muslims that were great people. Just because someone is Muslim does NOT mean they are crazy or an extremist. I know many more "Christians" that are much more dangerous!!

    October 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Well c'mon now Jenn, where's the fun in that? To be human means to generalize the facts, persuade people to believe our particular side of the issues, seek out people of like kind in order to alienate the Others, and talk amongst our own particular sewing circles to tell ourselves and gossip about how beautiful and righteous we are and how everyone else in the world is bad because they are different. What's wrong with that? I see no harm in that.

      October 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lance corporal

    too bad we cant do what germany did and kick him out of the country

    October 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill Maher

    Burn the car

    October 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel

    Why are humans inclined to give these people who claim to speak to God or Allah the time of day?

    They are all fricken nutz.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KHS

    Do I get a car for not killing that irresponsible jerk who already caused several deaths just by threatening to burn the Q'ran?
    If he had followed through, he would have caused a giant bloodbath!

    October 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tricia,AZ

    I have a feeling this pastor had no intention of burning the Quran in the first place, this was just another one of his ploys to get attention, he certainly got it didn't he!

    October 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. leeflea51

    Just let this stupid, bigoted, hateful, dangerous, self-centered old thing just fade away!!!
    I can understand the sadness people must feel about his Book burning. I'm a Christian and I feel sad, angry, and just generally troubled by this man's actions/intentions. Just because a person CAN do something doesn't mean he/she should. That, in part, is one difference between adults and children.
    I'd just recommend the media stop covering him. Let him 'piddle' around and maybe common sense will come into his hateful head.
    Leeflea.

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

    black people should all be slaves

    October 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      You got a credit card; slave? Go to a 9-5 job and slave for someone else?
      We are all slaves.

      October 16, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Daniel

    I would've offered him a turkey for thanksgiving for the rest of his life. That simpleton would have bought it.
    If you do the math, the Muslims would've come out much better in the end.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. peeisnomz

    i like it when people pee all over my face

    October 16, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jessica

    i heard the pastor likes to drink period juice

    October 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
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