Saturday, October 16, 2010
Pastor wins car for canceling his Quran burning
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Millard K. Ives
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Rick BETH DEFALCO He said he plans to donate the car to endangered American troops. One caller suggested painting say-
Reed Associated Press an organization that helps abused Benson, a former New York Giants ings from various religious books —
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Car deal- Muslim women. center, said he originally offered Jones the Quran, the Talmud, the King James
Reflections The pastor will have to pick up the use of a car for a year if he refused to Bible — on the car.
er Brad Benson made the pitch to
Florida pastor Terry Jones in one of his car at Brad Benson Mitsubishi Hyundai burn a Quran ever. “What you didn’t say was what the
How do quirky radio ads: If you don’t burn a
Quran, I’ll give you a new car.
in South Brunswick — known locally
for Benson’s radio ads focusing more
“I just didn’t think
that was a good thing
for our country right
car was going to look like when you
gave it to him,” the caller said.
on current events than cars — so he Another caller told Benson to “be a
you come He was surprised, though, when a
representative for Jones called to col-
lect the 2011 Hyundai Accent, retail-
can fill out paperwork. No date has
been set for the handover.
now,” Benson said.
He’s now giving
man” and keep his promise. And some
encouraged Benson to pick his own
Jones had threatened to burn the Jones the car outright charity to get a car.
to Jesus? ing for $14,200.
“They said unless I was doing false
Quran over plans to build an Islamic
center and mosque near where ter-
because he doesn’t
want to be connected
In 2003, Benson offered another
newsmaker — Saddam Hussein — a
advertising, they would like to arrange rorists brought down the World to whatever the new car if he fled Iraq. That commer-
hen a relationship to pick up the car,” Benson recalled. At
gets off on the Trade Center nine years ago. Florida pastor does Jones cial wasn’t as successful, and Benson
first he thought it was a hoax, so Muslims revere the book as the word with it. pulled the ad after two days, replacing
wrong foot, it’s Benson asked Jones to send in a copy
often hard to correct. That of God and view its destruction as “I don’t want to be involved in the it with one apologizing for any offense
of his driver’s license. He did. sacrilege. politics of that,” Benson said. that was taken.
was kind of how I went into
Jones, of Gainesville, told The His plans drew opposition across the Before he made his decision, Benson The Quran commercial was part of a
marriage. I’m not necessarily
a very forward-thinking man Associated Press that the free car was- world. President Barack Obama asked listeners to weigh in on whether regular “idiot award” segment Benson
now and 35 years ago it was n’t the reason he called off the burning appealed to him on television, and he should honor his promise. has singled out others for, including
even worse. — and that he didn’t even hear about Defense Secretary Robert Gates called More than 2,600 people responded Lindsey Lohan, Mel Gibson and Roger
I know when I said “I do” the offer until a few weeks after Sept. him personally. Gen. David Petraeus, by phone and e-mail, and the vast Clemens.
I wasn’t really buying into 11, when he had threatened to set the head of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, majority, Benson said, urged him to “We don’t have your typical car
that “till death do us part” Muslim holy book on fire. said carrying out the plan would have keep his word. commercial,” Benson said.
bit. I was thinking more in
terms of 10 years as being an
After that, who knew?
Maybe that’s why Nancy
didn’t get a diamond ring Islam group
until our 25th anniversary
and our honeymoon at 35.
Then God entered the pic-
seeks US Tea
ture and changed all that.
And my life as well.
The “till death do us part”
became reality. But the way GREGORY KATZ
to do it also meant death,
my death.The formula to a LONDON — Tentative links
successful marriage is found are developing between sup-
in Ephesians 5:25: porters of the Tea Party move-
“Husbands, love your wives, ment in the United States and
just as Christ loved the right-wing fringe groups in
church and gave himself up Britain that are opposed to
for her.” what they call the
Jesus died for His church. “Islamification” of Europe.
But this isn’t about how to The movements are not for-
treat your bride, it’s how to mally aligned, but the relative-
become a bride of Christ. ly new English Defense
How many times have I said, League — which warns that
“I accepted Jesus…”? Or Islamic fundamentalism will
something similar. soon engulf Britain — is seek-
How many times have you ing guidance and inspiration
heard it during someone’s
from some U.S. figures taking
testimony? Accept just isn’t
a similar stance.
the correct word. Jesus does-
n’t ask us to accept Him. He The British activists are less
tells us to surrender to Him. drawn to the anti-tax, anti-
To yield to Him. big-government Tea Party
To follow Him. message and more attracted to
We don’t accept Jesus, He elements taking an active
accepts us. We accept His stance against the spread of
word and messages or testi- Islam, like Rabbi Nachum
mony about Him. But that’s Shifren, a long-shot
only where it starts. Peter Republican candidate for the
said in Acts 10” “I now real- California state legislature
ize how true it is that God who plans to visit England
does not show favoritism next week in a trip sponsored
but accepts men from every in part by the English Defense
nation who fear him and do League.
what is right.” HERALD & REVIEW, KELLY J. HUFF / (AP The trip was organized by
In Acts 15, Peter said In this photo taken in October, Rich Adams, who has been blind since birth, swings his cane back and forth along his neighborhood Roberta Moore, an English
about the Gentiles, “God, street in Decatur, Ill., where he searches for trash. Adams, a visual services advocate at Soyland Access to Independent Living (SAIL), Defense League activist who
who knows the heart, scours the area looking for litter he cannot see. He carries two bags with him, one for trash and one for recyclables. has formed a “Jewish divi-
showed that he accepted sion” of the group. She said
them by giving the Holy the rabbi will speak at an Oct.
Spirit to them, just as he did
Paul said in Romans 12: “I
Man picks up garbage and keeps faith 24 rally in London.
“He plans to speak about the
dangers of Islamification both
appeal to you therefore, in this country and in
TONY REID into various types of trash. Blind since picks up other people’s trash because
brothers, by the mercies of Associated Press America,” Moore told The
God, to present your bodies birth, sound and feeling are his eager he cares about the community,” she
eyes. Walking while swinging and lis- adds. “And I think it’s kind of disgust- Associated Press. “He will talk
as a living sacrifice, holy and DECATUR, Ill. — Rich Adams hates about the issues we have with
acceptable to God, which is the sound of a trashy street. tening, he frequently finds himself ing how much people just throw out.”
Her husband explains that before immigration and the danger of
your spiritual worship. I So, while he’s busy talking to God amid a target-rich environment in his
seeking refuse he had sought refuge in Sharia law coming to the UK.
appeal to you therefore, about this and that, he hunts litter he Decatur neighborhood.
God, and then one kind of led to find- We have the same objectives as
brothers, by the mercies of will never see and drops it into various The recent fruits of his labors are
ing the other. A committed Christian, the groups in the USA, and we
God, to present your bodies bags he carries with him: some for stacked in several sacks of accumulat- want to exchange information
as a living sacrifice, holy and ed trash and recyclables he’s dragged he took to heart a visiting evangelist’s
unredeemable garbage, others for recy- and work with them.”
acceptable to God, which is home and patiently sorted. “My land, challenge to spend some long minutes
clable stuff destined for salvation, such Matthew Goodwin, a
your spiritual worship.” if a blind guy finds this much stuff, every day in prayer. “But I’d fall
as bottles and soda cans. University of Nottingham
He also wrote in Romans asleep,” he recalls. “I’d fall asleep on
He finds the debris the rest of us there must be an awful lot of it out professor and author of a new
15, “Therefore, accept one my knees, and I’d fall asleep standing
leave in our wake by walking along there,” said Adams, 69. book about extremist groups
another, just as Christ also up. So I finally said the only way I am
and swinging a nearly 6-foot-long Dianne “Dee-Dee” Adams, his blind in Britain, said the links being
accepted us to the glory of white cane and reacting to sounds and wife of 46 years, said her husband has
God.” developed with American
sense of touch as the cane tip bumps always been the concerned type. “Rich See TRASH, B8 activists are potentially impor-
And the truly amazing
thing is that He accepts us tant.
in our weakness and sins.
Paul wrote in Romans 5:
“You see, at just the right True Christianity, it and wonder. No karma, no rein-
carnation, and we don’t have to
Fortunately, I did not attend one
of the ultra-conservative “God hates
shortcomings in the other parties
too, they all practice blind alle-
time, when we were still
powerless, Christ died for then other religions keep doing it over and over.
gays” churches. My God-given intel-
lect and reason always rejected the
giance to the needs of the party,
not the needs of the people.
the ungodly. But God According to the story on Sept. 29,
Lake Panasoffkee “man in the sky” depiction. I do I am free to express my true inner
demonstrates his own love “Many Paths to Truth,” in the Daily
accept the “concept of God” as sim- guidance on both religious and
Commercial, a class is being taught
for us in this: While we were
still sinners, Christ died for locally, that encompasses many reli- Free at last, to join ply, since nothing can pre-exist God, political issues without hushing the
inner voice that says, “Do you really
as whatever was first. I therefore call
I don’t bring anything of
gions, including Christianity.
Christianity really cannot be includ-
the party of open- God, First Cause, to be defined how- believe what you are saying?” Now,
what comes from my mouth comes
worth to the table. ed in this, because it does not mix
with any other religion. It stands
minded people ever one might feel compelled or
like. from my heart and my mind; not
Nor do you. The events of Sept. 11, 2001,
alone. Here are some of the major Similarly, after my political party from talking points instilled by the
Matthew, Mark and Luke caused me to again rebuke radical,
differences between true Christianity of 42 years allowed itself to be religious or political thoughts of oth-
record an encounter Jesus fundamentalist versions of religion. I
had with a man who had it and other religions. defined as “conservative” and said ers. I am free to use what God gave
“all together.” He was rich. God himself paid the price for our question the intellect of people guid- that conservative thought alone me, my intellect, intuition, morals
He was religious. He was sin because he loves us and knew we ed by words in any language, writ- held American values and any and heart. I am free at last, to join
young. couldn’t pay that price, good deeds ten in “holy books” or spoken thou- other thought was “liberal” and the party of open-minded people
But he was unyielding. won’t get us to heaven. The founder, sands of years ago by primitive men. therefore, by definition, un- enlightened enough to entertain or
He had asked Jesus what Jesus Christ, is alive, no body has Consequently, despite 60-years of American, I was through. Narrow- reject any and all points of view.
he needed to inherit eternal ever been found. Salvation is free for study of the Christian Bible to minded ideologues had invaded Choice Edwards
life, ready with a list of his the asking and is permanent. become a licensed teacher, serving as the party. The tail had begun to Clermont
spiritual achievements. Jesus True Christianity doesn’t exclude a chaplain, speaking at Christian wag the dog. As in radical religion,
looked at him and loved anyone, but there is only one path, churches in numerous states and a small minority had hijacked the Letters for ‘What I believe’ must adhere to
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