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. Todd

    I also didn't burn the Quran last month. I think I should get a car too.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      Oh yeah...let's reward this type of behavior.
      I hope the new car burns to the ground in his driveway.

      October 16, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • darkangelx

      No i want a house or I am gonna burn all relgious books, Tora, Bible, Quran... lets do this...

      October 16, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • TheTraveler

      I'm imagine what he'd be offered not to burn a Torah ...

      October 16, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Zack


      October 16, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Me too!

      October 16, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • BW Harrison

      Did ANYBODY read the last line?

      He's donating the car to a Muslim charity.


      October 16, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • hello

      he is going to donate the car to a muslim charity so they can put a bomb in it and blow something up. hahahaha good one fool.

      October 16, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Gop

      I would have liked to seen him have some backbone and burn that Ignorant book. To any of you that believe it is more then just a book maybe you should read it.

      I could care less about any one burning a book. the freedom to burn one is the real issue. it makes me sick thinking someone can burn our Flag and people yell about how great it is someone can do it.

      you dont see any condemnations from around the world about how wrong it is to burn an American flag. but you try to burn an Ignorant book that teaches hate and the world comes to it's defense. that is a very sad world we live in.

      October 16, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lisa baby

    I'm with you Todd LMAO!

    October 16, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    Does burning 10 Korans get you a Genesis model?

    October 16, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      Mike, I think that not buring 10 should!

      October 16, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. LiberalNN

    I just deleted the Quran from my computer.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • edthegeek

      You get a digital picture of a car

      October 16, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      LOL, good ones!

      October 16, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Marsha

    Maybe we should get rewards for not doing somethng stupid and pointless.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      We do now live in a society where bad behavior gets rewarded. ie. reality shows, book deals etc.

      October 16, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Natattack

    Yeah really lol. Where's my new car?

    October 16, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    Awarding this guys actions with a new car? What the hell is this world comming to.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      I think everyone should show their disaproval of this idiotic move by permanantly boycotting this car dealership.

      October 16, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Velvet Jones

    This pastor no doubt studied my book "So ya wanna be a preacher". Chapter 4 shows ya how to get free stuff after you become a pastor.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. LOL


    October 16, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. rob

    I am currently not burning a quran. I like white, but will accept whatever color car they send me. Just curious are they throwing in AC too?

    October 16, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. He worshipped the Quran

    and got a brand new car for it. Now that Rev. Jones is converted and contributing to muslim charity he and his followers should add a minaret to the building alerting all that that site has been conquered, too!

    October 16, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. sha

    i think he is trading his Bentley for the accent

    October 16, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Hypocracy

    EVERY Pastor has his price. What a leech

    October 16, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jasper

    With all the Qur'ans I didn't burn, I should be receiving my Bugatti Veyron pretty soon.

    Nice reward for being a moron.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Wakeup321

    Donate the car to a Muslim charity??? How about donate it to a worthy cause instead of a violent one!

    This guy really is a screwball! Have you forgotten so quickly that Islam wants to dominate the world and kill all of us infidels in the US. Helloooooo???

    October 16, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Karim

      A Muslim Charity is a violent cause ? are you insane ? Your comment just shows how ignorant and delusional and as far from the truth someone could be.
      We are labeling a whole religion as violent. This is so childish buddy. Go to school first, learn about the world before you start running like a chicken screaming that the sky is falling.

      October 16, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Piper Shaniqua Wellington-Jenkins

      Muslims wanna dominate the world? Last I checked THESE united States were doing a good job of that. You're an idiot, rid yourself

      October 16, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric Rudolph

      We all know Christians are never violent.
      Eric "Boom boom" Rudolph.

      October 16, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Kahuna

      No, that's what Fox news et. al. teaches you about Islam.

      October 16, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Wakeup321

      You kids come back when you've educated yourself about Islam. This is why so many countries are having problems. People sticking their head in the sand. Try Google.

      October 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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