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. Wait WHAT?

    I think I'm owned about 25 years worth of free cars for not burning the Quran. Who do I call about this?

    October 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. timmy

    women shouldnt have rights and black people should go back to africa

    October 16, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • slinky

      That's what I like – a free thinker!!

      October 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • WorldGoneMad

      Another perfect product of our great education system, keep going maybe we can have you donate your balls for the next great patriotic experiment.

      October 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GimmeSomeTruth

    A Hyundai for not burning a Koran?… So if I want a BMW should I not burn ten? This is like rewarding a 3 yr old with a toy for threatening to throw a fit in the store….

    October 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Dangerous

      so does that mean a good segment of the usa are a bunch of crying toddlers? lol
      if so, good analogy.

      October 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Thomas

    I thought this man made a really bad choice when even started this BUT it would be a lie for me not to say I am happy to see whether by "push and shove" or by "grace" he must have learned something because he is donating this car to a Muslim charity.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mommy

    i love to eat children

    October 16, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ManOfTheMoon

      If you back out and don't eat the children, you'll get a cat.

      October 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DoubleW

    If I promise not to burn the Bible, will you give me a new car?
    "Jones would donate the car to a Muslim charity." Heh, what irony.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Henderson from Florida

    What a fantastic message to send out to everyone in this country:

    "Act like a bigoted moron, spit a ton of hateful rhetoric, and then get cold feet at the last moment and we'll give you something amazing!" Ahhh, the land of opportunity.....

    October 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. okay


    October 16, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. danceonedge

    Rewarding Bozos does not solve the problem.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. drinky

    Would this dealership be interested to know that I am seriously considering burning a Quran as well...My fav. color is black...

    October 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Poor Reporting

    Did anybody else notice that the article first said a New Jersey dealership (American) then it said New Brunswick (Canadian)?

    October 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lives in NJ

      New Brunswick is in NJ.

      October 16, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geography is a good thing

      @ Poor Reporting
      New Brunswick is a city located in New Jersey 🙂

      October 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • poorgeographyknowledge

      brush up on the geography a bit before criticizing

      October 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ManOfTheMoon

    Forget about hyundai and big corporations fellows, I DID just burn bunch of Michael Bolton's CDs for the good of mankind. Please send your donations to show them that big corporations can't control us

    October 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. omowunmi

    Dnt care bout wat anybody says, Islam is d best religion as far as i'm concerned.

    October 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom H.

    Hey! I didn't burn a Quran either! Where's my car???

    October 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jason

    great idea reward this guy for being an idiot.

    October 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
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