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. victoryhammer901

    I'm going to burn this pile of firewood tonight, while drinking a beer if I don't get a Dodge Challenger!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crescent Fresh

      I'm with you, M'lord. I shall also be burning firewood whilst enjoying some Sam Adams if do not get a Lotus Exige S by 7 in the Post Meridiem.

      October 16, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tuffy

    Has anyone on here thought of what stunt he's going to pull Next year? Hell he got a free car...

    October 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. whitekong78

    Some people have this undying devotion to God as our all knowing exacter of justice, yet you seem intent to do God's job. The Pope drives around in a bullet proof golf cart, yet he's on a mission from God. Wouldn't God provide the Pope or any other religious leader with divine protection if they were really delivering the WORD of God?

    October 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 1hippychick

    WOW. Rewarded for causing grief. What a country.

    October 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    If that book was the Bible, it would be ashes and no one would get a new car, because few people stand for the God of Moses.

    October 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • loreebeeeeeeeeber

      The god of the koran is the god of moses. Same players, even jesus.

      October 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darwin in Vegas

      @loreebeeeeeeeeber ANother POS fairly tale pusher....wake TF up...

      October 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimL

      Actually, loreebeeeeeeeeber is right. All from the Tribes of Abraham.

      October 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Trent

    Hmmm, this gives me an idea....

    October 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ~HEAR M3 OUT~

    It is sooo sad that we now need incentive or a payoff just to do the right thing and make the right choices. The problem here is both parties had the right, as Americans to both do what they wanted. American Muslams have every right to build what they want (so long it abides by the law) just as much as Christians have the right to do so as well. On the other side, if someone wants to make a political statment in their own way (so long it doesn't harm no one) they have that right too! This is AMERICA, and there are Rights we are born with. PERIOD! The media is what HYPES THINGS UP. And they kept saying at the time of that mess, IF THIS MAN GOES THROUGH WITH BURNING THESE BOOKS, OUR TROOPS WILL BE IN HORRIBLE DANGER BECAUSE THE EXTREMESTS WILL REACT OVER THIS! Here is a thought...IF THE MEDIA DIDN'T HARP AND HARP AND HARP AND HARP over this ordeal, the extremests wouldn't have even of known about this situation. Secondly, IF OBAMA WOULD BRING THE TROOPS OUT OF THERE (or, if we never were over there in the 1st place), there wouldn't be anyone in danger either! This country has become nothing but a double standard, and we have to come together as a nation and stand together. The more we are fighting about religion and burning books, the less time we will have to focus on REAL issues!

    October 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • truth2power

      VERY well put!
      Most of the media, especially radio and television, in America has become about as real (and as tasteless)as Professional Wrestling.

      October 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. M. Lee Smith

    They gave Jones a car for not burning a Quran. What's next? Maybe they should give him a boat for not robbing a bank.

    October 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. johnny

    i have children locked up in my basement

    October 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • robotzerp08

      nice! i love kids!

      October 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tank

    Please Benson Hyundai!!!! FILL THE TRUNK WITH KORANS!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JD

    @HR, I disagree. It does center around freedom. He should have been able to burn the Qurans without the fear of getting killed. A cartoonist should be able to depict a cartoon of Mohammad without the fear of getting killed. One of the main reasons everyone was against it including the White House was because they were fearful of American Soldiers getting killed overseas. Also, I never said it was a legal issue. Most do agree he had the legal right to do it. Freedom and the legal right is not necessarily the same thing. One can have the legal right to do something, but still have his or her freedom infringed upon by others.

    On your second point, have you ever been to a Muslim Country? I have. While agree the majority do not condone violence a lot still do. Especially where religious issues are concerned.

    On your third point, my point was simply that someone should be able to express their beliefs without the being in fear for their lives. If I want to burn a bible, a flag, or anything else regardless of the reason it is my right to do so. I totally agree that it is silly and childish. However, I should be able to do so without being fearful that some radical element is going to kill me, or Soldiers overseas, or the little dog down the street. So I think you missed my point on the last one.

    October 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kareen

    How sad to see this nutcase being rewarded with a new car for not burning the Quran.

    October 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kareen

    If I was in the market for a new car that Dealership is not where I would buy one.

    October 16, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gmh

    I thought the message came from God not to burn the Quran when he was handed a $200,000 bill for the police protection he received. God's message came LOUD and CLEAR. $200,000 PLEASE!!!! Now, he gets a new car thanks to a very civic minded person. I,ll bet God told him to TAKE IT!!!!!
    Living in the South is SO challenging.........There are millions of these Bible Belt Radicals that give Christianity a bad name.

    October 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jon

    I haven't burned any holy books, where's my new car?

    October 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
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