[UPDATE] Florida Pastor Picks Up Car For Canceled Quran Burn

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

[UPDATE] 10-22 -- 11:41AM --

South Brunswick, New Jersey --

The Florida pastor who canceled plans to burn a Quran picked up a new car in New Jersey.

Car dealer Brad Benson offered Terry Jones a car if Jones
promised to never burn the Muslim holy book. Benson made the offer
during one of his quirky radio commercials.

The Gainesville, Fla., pastor collected a gray 2011 Hyundai
Accent after arriving under tight security at Benson's dealership
in South Brunswick Friday, October 22.

Jones says the offer was not the reason he didn't burn the
Quran. The pastor says he'll donate it to a Jersey City charity
that helps abused women.

Benson placed giant flag-colored removable peace stickers on the
hood and roof of the hatchback. He says he wanted to make it clear
that he doesn't condone anything that Jones stands for.


[UPDATE] 10-15 -- 7:28AM --

South Brunswick, New Jersey --

A New Jersey car dealer plans to keep his word after offering Florida pastor Terry Jones a new car if he promised to not burn a Quran.

Brad Benson made the offer in one of his dealership's quirky
radio ads.

He says he was surprised when a representative for Jones called
to collect the 2011 Hyundai Accent.

Jones never burned a Quran but he tells The Associated Press
that the offer of a car was not the reason. He says he learned
about the offer a few weeks after Sept. 11.

The Gainesville, Fla., pastor says he plans to donate the car to
an organization that helps abused Muslim women.

Jones must pick up the car in person, although a handover date
has not been set.

Benson asked radio listeners for advice and says a majority of
callers told him to honor his promise to the preacher.



A small Gainesville church that spurred international protests after it planned to burn the Quran is looking to move the church to the Tampa area.

Wayne Sapp, associate pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center,
said Pastor Terry Jones is disappointed in the lack of support from
Gainesville. He hopes to move the church before the year's end. The
Pentecostal church has about 50 members.

Sapp called Gainesville an overly liberal area, "controlled by
the university."

Jones led an effort to burn the Quran on Sept. 11, but canceled
the event after international pressure.

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