Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III (born November 19, 1938) is a liberal media magnate, best known for founding the Cable News Network and Turner Broadcasting, and for making many insulting comments towards Christians and Republicans. Despite forming a massive capitalistic business enterprise, he has publicly described himself as a socialist and declared admiration for Fidel Castro.
He was previously married to Jane Fonda but their marriage ended when Fonda became a Christian. Turner had previously gone on record stating that Christianity was "a religion for losers", a comment that outside of the Christian community was generally deemed to be unimportant by the press and appeared to have no negative impact on his standing in the eyes of the media or his place as a businessman. Turner is also well known for his pledge to give a large chunk of his money to the United Nations and his encouragement for other people of wealth to do the same. He sponsored a United Nations religious program that brought up speakers to talk about the 'many paths to God', but did not invite Evangelical Christians to express their view.In recent years Turner's view has mellowed. In 2008 while announcing a $200 million anti-malaria partnership with Lutheran and Methodist denominations, he had this to say:
"Religion is one of the bright spots as far as I'm concerned, even though there are some areas, like everything else, where they've gone over the top a little, in my opinion."
Turner also says he now prays for sick friends, explaining, "It doesn't hurt."
Turner also supports population control, an pseudoscience based on economic assumptions with unethical consequences for humanity. In ... he said
- My Life So Far, Jane Fonda, 2006
- Christianity Today, June 2008, Pg. 15