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. okay

    I'm going to burn 100 Qurans tomorrow! I hate muslims and all they stand for ! If they build that mosque at ground zero i will burn 1,000 Qurans ! Wait..wait..what was that ? I'll get a new car and money from the Oman if i don't ! Oh ! Really ? In that case nevermind..I love muslims and will worship the Quran with them in my new foreign made Hyundai ! We will blow up things together ! You see ? Christians and Muslims can get along ! Maybe I'll burn some bibles and see if i can upgrade to a nice new SUV ! ... This just goes to show that everyone has their price...shows how much of a hipocritical joke organized religion is ! Apparently even the sky-genie and his zombie son have a price ! What a joke ! Money can even change your beliefs ! You sad sad brainwashed sheep ! Take your religion and hipocrisy and sh0ve it ! Baaaahhhh..goes the mindless lil sheep !

    October 16, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Allen


    I'd burn just about every holy book if I had to drive a Hyundai Accent. That car just screams to the world "I have given up on life and hate everyone, so I'm going to plow on in a crapbox."

    he shouldn't donate it to a Muslim Charity. That's an insult to Muslims.

    October 16, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • lolza

      Apparently, you don't drive hyundais, do you? I have owned several hyundais in my life, and they are all fantastic cars. The accent is no exception. I don't know what your problem is, but your summary of someone who drives an accent is your opinion. The accent will probably last longer than your average american, wannabe car, any day. Unless you haven't been watching quality ratings for the past decade, you wouldn't understand this.

      October 16, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. tpn51

    If the Muslim Charity accepts this car their as dumb as he is for tryng to burn the Quran. Just another case of we protect the guilty and do nothining for the innocent. Nice PR move Brad Benson Hyundai but you don't get my vote.

    October 16, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sean

    So, let me get this straight. Be an ignorant human being and get a car?! I'm going to start to threaten to burn things too!

    October 16, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • selle

      "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority: their abode will be the Fire: And evil is the home of the wrong-doers!" Quran3.151 .......NOT Reading the Quran- now THAT's ignorant.

      October 16, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. katie lee

    any way i see it everybody has there own opions but for someone to be so mean and hateful about someone elses religon isnt right everybody has the fight to there own religon.

    October 16, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. GinaNYC

    Huh... nice. Rewarding bad behavior? At least we know what the price of this nitwit's convictions is – $13,600.00.

    October 16, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. kbbpll

    Eddie Long got a similar offer but turned it down.

    October 16, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • j.nolan

      From witch a car dealer or a young man?

      October 16, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jack NYC

    Now, if really really really was a Christian–he'd donate the car to some needy family or center not associated with his church. If he were a real Christian, that is.

    October 16, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. selle

    this guy sold out quick. And for a Hyandai. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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

    well, the lord does work in mysterious ways...

    October 16, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Piper Shaniqua Wellington-Jenkins


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  11. edthegeek

    So what is this Muslim charity going to do with a car??? I think "cars" are last thing a Muslim group needs. Come on think back to the near bombing in NYC recently. Hello, anyone there?

    October 16, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Learning Point !!!

    It almost looks like he learned something. Hopefully it rubs off on who ever was going to attend.

    October 16, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    He should have been given a car if he had burned the quran. I was looking forward to see the book that represents the filthy religion going up in smoke. Would have been better if he had burned the quran and used the fire to roast a pig. I think I will do that and post that video in youtube.

    October 16, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. T. Lee

    Great – now every screwball "preacher" and "holy man" in America are going to start staging this and that even to be paid off with a car. This pork-chop-sideburned-hick isn't as dumb as he looks and acts. So what's next – the Mormon sect in Colorado City's elders start getting cars for not having twenty wives and marrying little girls??

    October 16, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. okay


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