NEW YORK –Ted Turner formed a $200
million partnership Tuesday with
Lutherans and Methodists to fight malaria, apologizing for his past
criticism of religion as he announced the effort.
Turner, 69, said he had only made a few disparaging comments a long
time ago and that he is “always developing” his thinking as he grows
“I regret anything I said about religion that was negative,” he said in
a brief interview with The Associated Press.
Years ago, the CNN founder called Christianity a “religion for losers.”
He also wrote his own version of the 10 Commandments and asked CNN
employees who commemorated Ash Wednesday whether they were “Jesus
freaks,” saying they should work for Fox. He apologized at the time.
Turner now says he does not considering himself agnostic or atheist, as
he had sometimes described himself previously. He prays for sick
friends because “it doesn’t hurt,” he said, and maintains several
churches on his properties for his employees and others who live nearby.
He said he has attended the churches a few times, but isn’t a regular.
“I find it really hard to believe I’m going to hell,” Turner said.
I thought for sure this must have been
an April Fools joke story when I first saw the headline.