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‚Äôre standing up to ours,‚ÄĚ 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. JD

    MJG wrote: I would love to have your address. Just to know where another idiot lives so I can avoid you at all costs. You might have the "freedom" to do it, but sense enough not to is another thing. BTW, would love to bring a few hundred thousand friends along if you don't mind. Just some old Army buddies and their ancestors who have died for your "freedom" just to watch you disgrace their honor.

    MJD: Let me know when you assemble your fellow Soldiers and let me know what I can burn that would disgrace their honor. Soldiers have died to protect our freedom to burn whatever we want you idiot. You may not like it or agree with it, but we should be able to burn whatever we want to without be threatened to be killed. By the way did it ever occur to you that I might be a Soldier?

    313 Towne Dr, apt 5
    Elizabethtown, KY 42701

    October 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kevin

    This is NOT a man of GOD....

    October 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TIM

    AFTER YOU GET THE CAR WAIT 6 MONTHS AND STAGE A DIFFERENT BURNING. YOU SHOULD HAVE DECLINED THE OFFER. I CAN SEE IT NOW. "BUT MOSES WE WANT TO SACRIFICE BABIES TO MOLEK THEY CAN TAKE AWAY OUR SINS. OK OK WAIT IF YOU DONT SACRIFICE YOUR BABIES TO MOLEK I'LL GIVE YOU THIS BRAND NEW STAFF. DEAL WE'LL TAKE IT MOSES.

    October 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kris

    Too bad its not a pre-recall Toyota

    October 16, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yves

    Am I missing something??? While I think that this man is a zealot and doing a diservice to the body of Christ, please explain how this man gets a free car for doing something that misrepresents Christianity? Maybe I'm missing something. This is a problem that people masks their misguided intentions for the name of Christ and then they'll say it's free speech. Read your Bibles, spend your time in prayer with the Lord and be guided by the Holy Spirit and remember that you represent Christ at all times in speech, actions and motives.

    October 16, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John Melillo

    The dealership in question is owned by former New York Giants football player Brad Benson, who runs these awful commercials non stop up here on WFAN 660AM.
    Many of the commercials are totally tasteless, and I'm pretty bad myself when it comes to dark/obscene humor.

    October 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Grenadine

    It's not necessarily a reward, as it was meant like a ransom. Don't incite more violence and potential deaths, and I'll give you a car.

    October 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. adods

    Is this really what Jesus would do? NOT.

    October 16, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    Lets pretend to ignore the fact that oil (muslims) and water (christians) don't mix, shall we?

    October 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fbysea

    This "pastor" is going to have some serious explaining to do to work his way out of Hell, since he can't threaten to burn that neighborhood.

    October 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    @Norwister...as if ridding a dog of one particular flea (religion) would keep the dog from scratching (politics) You have a "god thing" hanging iver your head. deal with it, and check back with us later.

    October 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Yup Yup

    And now he gets a free tax write-off!

    October 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dongle dikk

    May the devil ram his shovel up yur @ss.

    October 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    It pays to be a jerk.

    October 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dongle dikk

    You lil phaggot muslim lover go fukk a donkey. Freedom of speech gota love it!

    October 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
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