October 16th, 2010
02:44 PM 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.

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  1. sjuhi

    i dont aswell but he almost burned the Quran even if you gave anything even queen/king as a gift to burn the Quran a GOOD muslim will neva exsept a good muslims imaan should always be my religion is islam and even if you kill me i will still want to be islam

    October 25, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  2. Sam

    U idiots that say islam tells us to kill inicident people u are all wrong. Why dont u do urselfs a favor and read the quran. Ask questions dont assume. Know the answer. Iam muslim and proud. I dont insult christians either.

    October 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  3. Hikma

    Just to add, every community has a black sheep, and from followers of every religion ... people just claiming to follow it and following their own desires and what the religion doesn't order, so let's not focus on those guys.... mind our own businesses and believe whatever we like!


    October 20, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  4. Hikma

    @Frank, exactly!! Why is Islam and Quran and anybody related ti this all the news talks about? Don't tell me 'terrorism'! Would anyone dare use this to the irish christians fighting in the name of religion? Look, everyone, the Quran says (WHAT MEANS):






    October 20, 2010 at 9:29 am |
    • sjuhi

      im with u

      October 25, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  5. Frogist

    I really hoped this Jones guy would just go away. But whatever. I'm glad that Brad Benson is honoring their promise and that the vehicle will be going to a muslim charity. At least some good came out of it after all. Maybe if more people were rewarded for not doing ignorant, biased, short-sighted things, we would live in a much nicer world.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  6. Manu daura

    Don't burn the QUR'AN is the holy book from god.

    October 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  7. Muneef

    Well guess he should have been given the Noble Prize for Peace for not burning the Quran since he was as the face of Christianity other it would have been an official war between religions. Actually Arab Muslims have to give him some thing bigger that that of the car since his move has awaken all.

    October 17, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  8. katan

    CNN – please stop giving this man – and the NJ car dealer – further publicity. It iisn't news and it makes CNN look little more than a tabloid in the supermarket check-out.

    October 17, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  9. Leif

    I hope it's a 1990 Reliant Robin.

    October 17, 2010 at 3:47 am |
  10. EpicurianLogic

    I think that if there is a god, religion must be more of an insult to him than atheism could ever dream to be.

    October 17, 2010 at 3:04 am |
  11. Starr

    That guy is the meanest, most hellish looking pastor I have ever seen in my life.
    How can he even stand to drive around town with this NEW CAR??

    We can learn from this that there are extremist members but that they do not represent an entire religion. They only represent hate.

    October 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm |
  12. ostro

    Mr Jones: burn yourself and make a
    favor to humanity.

    October 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm |
  13. Jay Williams

    Perhaps Pastor Jones would like to donate his new car to the families of U.S. servicemembers killed in Afghanistan since he launched his diatribe about buring the Quran. This reckless stunt inflamed Islamic radicals around the world, which makes it more dangerous for our soldiers who have to man the front lines. Our success in missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, any many other places hinges on showing the world that we are not fighting a war on Islam. Pastor Jones – perhaps you would like to volunteer your services to walk point on patrol in Qandahar?

    October 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  14. Resurrection

    Back in the news.
    He is a celebrity now. Congrats, old fart.

    October 16, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  15. Najam Gandhi

    No where in the world a Muslim even the worst criminal and murderer, or a Muslim Head of the State or a Muslim Emperor could dare to publicly announce that he or she is going to burn a single page of Torah, Psalms or Bible nor
    any Muslim could ever utter a single derogatory word against Ebraham, Izhak, Jacob, Moses, David or Jesus. It has
    never happened in the history nor would ever happen by the hands and lips of a true Muslim following the commandments
    of Quran and Islam. There are very clear commandments in Quran that, whosoever will dare to dishonor any of the above Holy men or the Holy Scriptures will cease to be a Muslim with immediate affect. Even if the King of Saudi Arabia or the President of Iran may only publicly express to burn only a single page of Holy BIble or Holy Torah will be dethoned immediately and booked as being intending perpetrator of capital crime. And even if any highest Muslim clergy/Ruler of the
    world may dare to practically and publicly burn, tear into pieces or dishonor a page of Bible, Psalms or Torah will definitely
    be charged and awarded capital punishment, to the best of my knowledge of Islamic and Quranic Laws. Because, even a single verse of these Holy Scriptures and a single person of the above great men, are sacred and Holy to millions of fellow humans hence any derogatory action against them been assessed as a capital crime in Islam. It is similar rule for dishonoring any other religious deities, Holy Men or Holy Scriptures of fellow humans. This is also the law of humanity to respect and revere the religious beliefs, deities and scriptures of other fellow humans and never to hurt them spiritually.
    The extremists, terrorists or brain drained mentally sick criminals been murdering the innocent people of their own faith or nation have no religion. They are only following the Agenda of the Saitan/devil and belong to his community. In Quran, book 5:32 it is ordained in unequivocal words that, "whosoever will kill a single innocent fellow human will be booked/punished as having killed entire mankind."
    Quran praises Torah, Psalms and Bible again and again, as being the Books of knowledge and light and tells that if their
    followers will practically apply their golden rules then the world would been much a different place? All the sufferings surmounted because, they were not truly followed in letter and spirit, similarly as the Quran is not being followed by the majority of Muslims in letter and spirit, more especially from the wealth and power greedy demigods.

    October 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
    • Allen

      All the more reason to see this as a ridiculous cult. Just like the religions of the other books you speak of.

      October 17, 2010 at 6:23 am |
  16. gregg kretschmer

    The Quaran as well as the Bible are paper. The Message of the Bible is of the heart. The Word does not contradict itself as worded in an earlier posting. The Quaran does have several mixed messages throughout the pages if you read it. There is hate quoted telling the believers of the faith to either convert or kill the infidel. Read it. Read them both before you spout off half knowing what you are talking about. The pastor should not have threatened to burn the Quaran. He stooped to the level of heathen when he did this. Where was the love displayed in his actions? Rewarding hate is wrong in any form.

    October 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  17. You've got to be kidding

    You've got to be kidding. GIVE THE CAR TO SOMEONE WHO NEEDS IT. The pastor should have chosen not to do it because it's the right thing to do.

    Absolutely amazing.

    October 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  18. HeisGod

    Maybe a leader from the Muslim religion should do the same thing, threaten to burn the Holy Bible to get a free car or maybe a mansion for him.....gosh, such rewards for ungodly people!

    October 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
    • John

      Or maybe we could order a death sentence for him.

      October 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
    • HeisGod

      Poor Muslim leader, is that what he is going to get, John? Probably so....I will protest, that's for sure and I am a non-denom Christian. I stand up for what is right. 8 0 )

      October 16, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
    • John

      Meant to ad, it's OK to burn a bible with no fear, yet the mere mentioning of burning a quaran sends the country into a high tizzy of fear and liberal idoacy?

      October 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
    • HeisGod

      @ John – What right did this pastor had to want to burn their bible to begin with? These people that would have taken revenge against Christians who were against it.

      October 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  19. HeisGod

    Ha, ha, ha, ha!!!! He gets a "free" car for burning the bible? What if he would have burned it? Would he have gotten a free mansion? Wow!!!

    October 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
    • HeisGod

      Sorry, meant to say "for not burning the bible"...

      October 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  20. Joe

    I will soooo back down on my planned Koran burning if somebody gives me a free Escalade. That would be Cool!

    October 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
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