The Religious Affiliation of CNN Founder and American Media Mogul
Turner was raised in a Catholic/Episcopalian home. He is now widely regarded as openly anti-Christian.
From: Roger Vaughan, Ted Turner: The Man Behind The Mouth, Sail Books, Inc.: Boston, Massachusetts (1978), pages 151-152:
The nature of their courtship [Ted Turner's parents]--and perhaps he ways of a genteel maiden and a Southern man of the 1930s--was such that it wasn't long after they were married that Florence Turner discovered her new husband drank excesively, and that he couldn't abide the Catholic Church, in which they had been married. He told her to pick a church, any other church. She settled on the Episcopal.
The Turners has two children: Ted, and a younger daughter, Mary Jane. Like many a traditional father, Ed Turner was very tought on his son, and gentle with his daughter... [Ted's] behavior strengthened Ed Turner's belief that a spared rod produced a spoiled child, and the beatings he administered were fierce and frequent. Fierce enough, in fact, to cause Mrs. Turner concern.
"I would say that 90 percent of the arguments I had with Ed were over him beating Ted too hard," she says.
Young Ted Turner attended the MacCallie School, which was then a military-oriented prep school in Chattanooga, Tennessee (Vaughan, page 153). From: Vaughan, page 154:
According to the school's catalogue, "The McCallie School provides Chattanooga and the South with college preparation for boys in a Christian context." There is an honor system: "Honor may be the most valuable lesson McCallie teaches. Boys clean their own rooms, occasionally serve detention on Saturdays..."
Vaughan, pages 161-162:
The Turners forced an Ivy League education upon Ted... The shock of any Northern liberal instituion would have been considerable to anyone with Turner's background and emotional sympathies. The accident of his birth as a Midwestern Yankee notwithstanding, Ted began a lifelong love affair with the South when he moved to Savannah at age nine. He showed up at Brown University a strange mixture of states' rights revisionist, rebel, war-lover, Dixiecrat, and humanitarian--an unmistakable Southern Man.
From: Ken Auletta, "The Lost Tycoon" in The New Yorker, 23 April 2001 (URL: http://www.kenauletta.com/2001_04_23_thelosttycoon.html):
During this time (according to an E! biography of Fonda that aired last fall), Fonda started attending services at the Providence Missionary Baptist Church. Turner, who alternately describes himself as an atheist and an agnostic, told me his reaction: "I had absolutely no warning about it. She didn't tell me she was thinking about doing it. She just came home and said, 'I've become a Christian.' Before that, she was not a religious person. That's a pretty big change for your wife of many years to tell you. That's a shock. I mean, normally that's the kind of thing your wife or husband would discuss with you before they did it or while they were thinking about it... Obviously, we weren't communicating very well at that time."
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