US pastor picks up free car for canceled Koran burning

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 22, 2010 19:06




SOUTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey  — A Florida pastor who drew international criticism by threatening to burn a copy of the Koran picked up a free car on Friday, his reward from a New Jersey car dealer for calling it off.

Former professional American football player Brad Benson, who is now New Jersey's largest car dealer, offered Florida pastor Terry Jones a 2011 Hyundai Accent worth $14,200 if he would agree to never burn the Muslim holy book. Jones had threatened to do it on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Jones never burned the Koran. On Friday, the Gainesville, Florida, pastor arrived at Brad Benson Mitsubishi Hyundai in South Brunswick to collect a gray 2011 Hyundai Accent, which he promptly donated to a charity.

The pastor said the offer Benson made in one of his dealership's quirky radio ads was not the reason he decided to cancel the Koran burning, and that he only heard about it a few weeks after Sept. 11.


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