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Reloy
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I heard today that Ted Turner, CNN and Atlanta Braves owner, called members of his staff that had ashes on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday "Jesus Freaks" and told them to go work for another news station. I heard this from a generally reliable source, but if Mr. Turner-Fonda really said something so incredible stupid and bigotted, I would think it would have made the news. I watched the news this weekend and read the paper and saw nothing about it (granted, it was before I heard the story so I wasn't looking for it). So, is this a new UL?
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Anthony
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He said it. Fox News reported the story with relish (interesting it was not reported on CNN )

The Catholic League complained (Turner says so many things like this he keeps the Catholic League in business). http://www.catholicleague.org/01press_releases/pr0101.htm#DOES TED TURNER’S APOLOGY COUNT?

Turner's new bosses at AOL TW then told Ted to play nice and apologise. He did.

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but if Mr. Turner-Fonda really said something so incredible stupid and bigotted

He says things like this lots. He once made a "joke" about the Pope asking if anyone ever saw a "Polish minsweaper" then bent his leg at the knee for the punch line.

Frankly, I really don't think Turner is a smart as he makes himself out to be. It is fitting that John Rocker plays on his team. They really must be a barrel of laughs when they get together.


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Ted Turner makes himself out to be smart?

In any case, the "Polish minesweeper" wisecrack was clearly a Polish joke, and not an anti-Catholic joke. If only the Catholic Overreaction League could tell the difference.

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The irony is, apparently Jane Fonda turned into something of a Jesus freak herself.

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Anthony
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Originally posted by Grumpy:
Ted Turner makes himself out to be smart?

In any case, the "Polish minesweeper" wisecrack was clearly a Polish joke, and not an anti-Catholic joke. If only the Catholic Overreaction League could tell the difference.



It was clearly a Polish joke? [sarcasm on] Well that makes it ok I guess. [sarcasm off]

As I remember it (and remember, Turner insults people so much that I may be confusing incidents) the "joke" was in the middle of an anti-Catholic diatrabe.

As for Jane Fonda becomeing a "Jesus Freak", I have heard the rumors, received the e-mails, but nothing I have seen or heard from her since Ted cut her loose makes me think she has any more than the residual Christianity that most Americans have.

Her religious views are her business. If she wishes to be open about them, fine, if not, fine also. I will not project wishful thinking onto a few supposed utterances. (I am an atheist Catholic myself, if you want to know)

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Funny. I have always (well, for as long as they've been around) suspected that Ted Turner was behind those "God" billboards*. IIRC, someone else on these boards also voiced this suspicion. I also read in the paper (no cite, sorry) that the individual behind the billboards is a wealthy Southern businessman. This describes Turner - he has a reputation for being something of a narcissist - although it admittedly also describes hundreds of other people.

* For those of you who haven't seen them, I am referring to a series of billboards which have sprouted up, apparently all over the U.S. These billboards have pithy little sayings on them, in white letters on a black background, like "How about coming over to my house Sunday before the big game ?" and "Don't make me come down there" and "Which part of 'Thou shalt not' don't you understand" and things like that, all signed "God". Cute and funny in a way, but I find them disturbing also.

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Anthony
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I doubt it was Turner (although his father owned a billboard company).

Celebrity Atheists puts Truner in the "ambiguous" catagory, noting that he had been named "Humanist of the Year" http://www.celebatheists.com/entries/ted_turner.html

At most, I would place him that catagry, although I beleive he is not a member of any organized religion or a believer in the Judeo/Christian/Islamic God.

In reality, he probably is a member of a very exclusive church, the "Tedrite Church" which is devoted to the great god TED.

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Aslan
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I found this article about Jane Fonda and her conversion.

As'but why did they specify it as a black Baptist Church? Church is Church.'lan

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Muck
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Ted's comments additionally are cited for the immediate resignation of Stuart Varney from his business news show on CNN.

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