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. 21k

    next he'll get a deal selling product on QVC. "order now, and get into heaven!"

    October 16, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. weston fl

    it's sad when we have to think that mooselims can burn the Christian Bible and people pray for them. You burn a koran and they want to be-head you, bomb your country, kill Americans.....WHERE IS THE LOVE MOOSLIMS /?????????

    October 16, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Burning holy books is provocative. I don't believe in any of them but still, afford respect to all faiths. I expect the same in return. Wait... I am agnostic. I don't have a book. Maybe science books?

      October 16, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Karim

      Just to let you know, We Muslims fully believe in the Bible and Towrat and all the previous books and we treat them with the highest respect and reverence.
      That said, you will always have a moron or two who will do stupid stuff like this pastor. They only reflect themselves and not on the overall religion.

      Islam as people and as a religion have nothing to do with this band of animals that are destroying its image in the world.

      I expect my fellow Americans to be above this.

      October 16, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      What do we do with Bibles in Afghanistan here is the article read for yourself.... http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/272333 OK to burn Christian Bibles but not the Koran

      October 16, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Roscoe

      To Karim. Yeah, we see how much you respect other religions by calling the Jewish holy book the Towrat. You have just thrown yourself into the league of suicide bombers and bible-burners. Good work. You have just reinforced the (apparently correct) view many Amercans have of Muslims.

      October 16, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. tommy

    ONLY IN AMERICA ......pretty sad display ....

    October 16, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • tommy

      oh ya, also seems like there almost pushing someone to burn the Koran ..... it was staged ...the whole thing....

      October 16, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • RelentlessMike

      There's always some fool who posts "ONLY IN AMERICA". They often follow this with insightful commentary such as "YA GOTTA LOVE IT", sometimes followed by "LOL"

      Congratulations tommy! You are that fool!

      October 16, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Observer

    I also hear Eli Lilly has also donated a bowl of Prozac to so he can have it next to him at all times like Chex Mix.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. shocker

    What a pathetic quitter. If you're going to make a worldwide stink like Jones did, don't completely cave in to peer pressure and sell yourself out. Guess he doesn't believe in much of anything let alone in himself! Loser!

    October 16, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Litterboxrox

    I didn't know white trash cottoned to imports.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. notthemermaid

    So many of the arguments we hear for why Muslim extremists hate the westernized world is because we are materialistic, and have lost track of spirituality for shallow pursuits.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. ckerst

    A religious freak and a car dealer, the two most worthless things in society.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    Hope the ol' Pastor realizes, by accepting that "gift," he has to pay tax on the $13,600 value of the car. After picking up the tab for the Police protection, I hope his congregation has a reserve to pay the tax man.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. ManOfTheUniverse

    Now all he has to do is fill it up with middle east gas and go have some pita with hummus and then things are cool...right?

    October 16, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tricia Barnes

    Proof that this idiot pastor was all about publicity. He gives Christians everywhere a bad name. Ignorance is alive and well in the US.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. mlhehc

    This makes me realize that there really isn't much hope left for how things happen in this country. He gets a car because he didn't burn a book? He should lose a car for threatening to burn it in the first place.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • CP

      So if we reward someone for being a jack*ss we should punish them for having exercised their free speech rights? If anything that sets an even worse precedent than simply rewarding him for being a jack*ss.

      October 16, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Garmac

    If I don't blow up the word, can I get a house please?

    October 16, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. HaveAnIceTay!

    Only a car dealer would think of a way to capitalize on what seemed to be the beginning of the next World War but Rev Jones is rated only second to Steve Spurrier as the most hated people to ever live Gainesville. I guess "The Swamp" is entering a Renassance Period. LOL

    October 16, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    I'd complain about how I didn't burn a Quran and didn't get a free car, but then I saw the free car was a 2011 Hyundai Accent. No thanks!

    October 16, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
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