Sunday, October 17, 2010

Florida Pastor's Reward For Canceling Quran Burning: Brand New Hyundai

Imagine winning a brand new car. No down payment, no monthly payments, no interest. Florida pastor Terry Jones won a brand new Hyundai–all for promising not to burn Qurans. New Jersey car dealer Brad Benson, former offensive lineman with the New York Giants, is fulfilling a promise made to Jones: cancel burning, collect car. Not a bad deal, right?

Benson wasn't the only one who asked Jones to cancel the burning. President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked him not to carry it out. General David Petraeus said that it could endanger troops in Afghanistan. According to Jones, God told him to stop as well. Was it all a divine plan to get Jones a Hyundai? Here's the sequence of events:

Car dealer Brad Benson made the pitch to Florida pastor Terry Jones in one of his quirky radio ads: If you don't burn a Quran, I'll give you a new car.

He was surprised, though, when a representative for Jones called to collect the 2011 Hyundai Accent, retailing for $14,200.

"They said unless I was doing false advertising, they would like to arrange to pick up the car," Benson recalled. At first he thought it was a hoax, so Benson asked Jones to send in a copy of his driver's license. He did.

Jones, of Gainesville, Fla., told The Associated Press that the free car wasn't the reason he called off the burning — and that he didn't even hear about the offer until a few weeks after Sept. 11, when he had threatened to set the Muslim holy book on fire.

He said he plans to donate the car to an organization that helps abused Muslim women.

So now that Jones is donating a car to an organization that helps women who follow the holy book he threatened to burn, causing an international uproar, are we supposed to praise his generosity?

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