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CNN's Turner Speaks Out On Christian Intolerance
Commentary on the News
Friday, November 16, 2001
Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter Editor

Turner was the principle money-man for last year's UN Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. Turner put up the money to sponsor what he hopes will form the basis for a new global religious system because of his objections to the intolerant nature of Christians.

In his speech before 1,000 attendees, Turner said he was raised as a Christian, but rejected the religion as "very intolerant." He said, "Christians thought they were the only ones going to heaven."

"But the thing that disturbed me is that my religious Christian sect was very intolerant ... because it taught we were the only ones going to heaven. It just confused the devil out of me because I said heaven is going to be a might empty place with nobody else there."

Turner praised "indigenous" religious faiths and then listed all the things humans have in common - "culture, language, love of birds, butterflies, wives and flowers."

In his spiritual search, Turner said, he finally realized that there was one God and multiple ways he manifests himself and that it makes little difference which one is chosen.

"Now I believe there may be one God who manifests himself in different ways to different people ... And I can't believe God wants us to blow ourselves to kingdom come. He wants us to love each other and live in peace," said Turner.

He also rejected organized religion in favor of globalized religion-- which critics lambasted as a "New Age" hodgepodge-- based on the concept of "one human race" with "one God" manifested in different ways.

Turner has a real problem with Christianity, more than just a problem, really, when you consider the man's history and public pronouncements. 'Hatred' would be a much more appropriate term, despite the fact he has attempted to fashion himself as the poster boy for tolerance and inclusiveness. Years ago, he banned the word 'foreign' from his newscasts, feeling the word made foreigners feel, well, foreign. CNN's anchors have been sleeping with a thesaurus under their pillows ever since.

Turner made headlines, and earned the undying devotion of the UN, by donating a billion dollars to the organization. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called Turner a "world citizen extra-ordinaire." The New York Times described the proposal as "probably the single largest charitable donation in history." And it earned Turner a cover story in Newsweek, which quoted him as saying he was "putting the rich on notice" to follow his lead. There was even talk that Turner might be awarded the Nobel Prize.

Indeed, the UN even ignored the fact that Turnerís money is being channeled to the UN through a private foundation and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. But the UN is strictly prohibited by its own charter from accepting contributions not from member nations. Maybe they just didn't want to offend him.

Turnerís gift, as it turned out, was not as generous as described in media reports. Considering Ted Turner is Mr. Media, the details were downplayed considerably at the time. Here's the way it worked. An amount of up to $1 billion will be donated in the form of Time-Warner stock in ten annual installments. The cost to Turner could be significantly less than $1 billion if he takes advantage of tax write-offs, tax deductions and ways to avoid estate taxes. As a result, Turner, or at least his heirs, could end up $100 million richer because heís giving a billion away.

Moreover, the donation will be made not to the UN directly, but to Turnerís private UN Foundation. The foundation is tax-exempt under U.S. law and has no legal affiliation with the UN. But tax write-offs had little to do with Turner's largesse.

The money, however much it cost him to give, bought him the influence with the UN that he wanted. Influence is what makes Turner tick. He once claimed, accurately, I believe, that he did more than anybody else to bring down the Berlin Wall and end the Cold War. It wasn't Turner himself, but rather the images of well stocked Western supermarkets and visions of technology beamed across the Berlin Wall that gave the lie to Soviet claims of superiority and ultimately precipitated its bankruptcy and subsequent collapse.

Still, he played a role, and to the degree that it did, it fed his self-image, articulated by Kofi Annan, of 'world citizen extraordinaire'.

For all his claims to tolerance and for all his public impatience with the intolerant nature of Christianity, Ted Turner's hatred of all things Christian exposes his agenda -- and that of the UN, for what it is. Christianity by definition stands in opposition to globalism. The Book of the Revelation makes it clear that ultimately, the power of a global government will be entrusted to the hands of the one Christians know as the antichrist. Turner's goals and that of Christianity stand in direct opposition to one another. Consequently, it is one billion Christians and two thousand years of Bible teaching that are wrong and intolerant, not Ted Turner.

Turner's disdain for God and the things of God are evident in the way CNN's news coverage from the Middle East consistently paints Israel as an aggressive bully and the Arabs as innocent victims. So much so that if necessary, CNN will trot out camera crews in an effort to 'encourage' Arab demonstrations for Western consumption.

Ted Turner was once honored as "Humanist of the Year" by the American Humanist Association. His fanactical support of population contro, especially abortion rights, has earned him a reputation as an anti-Christian bigot. In remarks to the Society of Environmental Journalists, he complained that the Judeo-Christian tradition emphasizes "dominion over everything" and "increase and multiply." In 1992,Turner told a Dallas Morning News reporter that Christianity is "a religion for losers" and "I donít want anybody [i.e., Jesus Christ] to die for me."

Turner's UN Foundationís trustees share his globalist outlook, and most of them have a long association with the UN. The board includes Turner as chairman and Timothy Wirth as president.

Wirth is a former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs (1993-1997) and Colorado Democratic Senator (1987-1993). Before leaving the State Department, Wirth promoted the implementation of the global warming treaty. Even if the global warming theory is wrong, he has said, "we will be doing the right thing, in terms of economic policy and environmental policy." A former official of Planned Parenthood in Colorado, Wirth is a crusader for population control and abortion rights.

The involvement of UN Foundation trustee Maurice Strong, long regarded as a possible candidate for UN Secretary-General, is also significant. The Canadian, a longtime friend of Turner and Wirth, has been involved in UN activities for more than 30 years. In 1997, Strong served as Executive Coordinator for UN Reform under Annan, and his deputy was UNFIP director Miles Stoby. He also chaired the 1992 Earth Summit.

During the early 1990s, Strong was a key member of the independent Commission on Global Governance, an international organization funded by the MacArthur Foundation. The Commission published the 1995 report 'Our Global Neighborhood', calling for a vast expansion of UN resources and activities through the imposition of a global tax.

A wealthy Canadian who lived in Colorado in the 1980s, Strong came under scrutiny by the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during its campaign finance investigation in 1997. Strong, who is not a U.S. citizen, made a $20,000 contribution to the Democratic National Committee and gave $1,500 to two congressional campaigns in 1988. Strong said he made the contributions "because I wanted influence in the United States."

Interestingly, Strongís activities in Colorado also included formation of a group called the North American Institute to encourage passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). One of those involved in the effort was John Wirth, brother of Timothy.

Turner's ultimate goal is the elimination of national borders and the introduction of rule by the global elite who are unencumbered by 'rigid, intolerant, Christian moral bigotry'. He once joked that if he were writing the 10 Commandments, 'adultery wouldn't be among them'.

When his wife, Jane Fonda, claimed to have undergone a conversion to Christianity, divorce proceedings followed soon thereafter.

Despite his claims of tolerance, and his calls to respect all religions via his pet UN religious projects, Turner's views remain untempered by time. If anything, he's grown more vocal in his criticism of the Cross and what it represents to a fifth of humanity.

At a meeting with CNN staffers in the network's Washington bureau on Ash Wednesday, CNN founder Ted Turner noticed a number of employees had ashes on their foreheads. ``What are you,'' Turner reportedly asked, ``a bunch of Jesus freaks? You ought to be working for Fox.''

Ted Turner's influence at the UN regarding Christianity appears to be focused on establishing in the public mind the principle that Christianity is intolerant and therefore not to be tolerated.

The claims of Jesus Christ that there is but one way to salvation ["Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6] mean, in Turner's mind, that it is Christianity that condemns men to hell, and not sin. Consequently, Christianity is a religion of hate, rather than one of love, and should be classified as a religion that practices spiritual genocide.

In the days of Roman persecution of the early Church, that was precisely the charge leveled against Christians that warranted their execution. It wasn't that Rome objected to a new god; they already had hundreds. There was always room for one more. But Jesus claimed to be the Son of the Only True God, excluding all the others.

The Book of the Revelation indicates that charge will be revived in the last days. According to the Apostle John's vision, the new religion of the New World Order will be a kind of counterfeit Christianity, having two horns like a lamb, but speaking as a dragon. [Rev 13:11].

While nobody is suggesting that Turner is the antichrist or even the false prophet, or that the UN is the final form of global government they will rule, it is hardly coincidence that the UN agenda for global government dovetails nicely with that predicted by John.

Daniel says that honor will ultimately fall to a revived form of the Roman Empire, currently coming together under the aegis of the European Union. But a global government needs an infrastructure that takes time to build. When the antichrist does come to power, the system will already be in place. All he need do is appropriate it.

Ted Turner stands prepared, knowingly or not, to provide the platform from which to sell the plan to the public at large when the time comes. All the while thinking he is a great humanitarian, a champion of intolerance, whose contribution to mankind will help humanity break free of the shackles of Christian bigotry that he sees standing in opposition to mankind's leap into the 21st century.

The perfect shill, trapped by his own ego. A man who is in the right place in history, at the right time, tailor made for the role. One can imagine the writer of Proverbs reading Turner's biography as he penned his warning. "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." [Proverbs 14:12]

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