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                                  Pastor wins car for canceling his Quran burning
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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
                                                                                                                                                                                    British anti-

                                      Talking trash
   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.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Party ties

                                        with God
   And my life as well.
   The “till death do us part”
became reality. But the way                                                                                                                                                                 GREGORY KATZ
                                                                                                                                                                                              Associated Press
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
to us.”
   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.
                                                                                                     C.L. Carson
                                                                                                                          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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