May 17th, 2010
11:43 AM ET

Ted Turner: Is God speaking in Gulf Coast spill?

Ted Turner has never been one to keep his opinions to himself.

Sometimes referred to as “The Mouth of the South,” the CNN founder lashed out against religious believers in the past. He once dubbed Christianity a “religion for losers” and wondered aloud whether the Ash Wednesday observers around him at work were “Jesus freaks.” His marriage to Jane Fonda was rumored to become strained when she started finding religion.

And while his stance has certainly mellowed with the years - he apologized for his past comments and joined with churches in 2008 to fight malaria - his suggestion that God may have had a hand in the oil disaster that killed 11 and is threatening the Gulf Coast may take some by surprise.

“Could be,” God’s work, he told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “He’s sending us a message.”

Turner sat down with Harlow recently to discuss the energy policy in the United States. The full interview is posted on CNN Money.

“I’m not a real religious person, but I’m somewhat religious. And I’m just wondering if God is telling us he doesn’t want us to drill offshore,” he said. “And right before that we had that coal mine disaster in West Virginia where we lost 29 miners,” as well as repeated mining disasters – “seems like there’s one over there every week” – in China.

“Maybe the Lord’s tired of having the mountains of West Virginia, the tops knocked off of them so they can get more coal. I think maybe we ought to just leave the coal in the ground and go with solar and wind power and geo-thermals where it’s applicable.”

Calling the United States “the biggest polluter and the biggest energy user in the world,” Turner said the country needs to take the lead in ridding itself of coal and oil dependence.

“It’s just as important, if not more important, than getting to the moon.”

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Culture & Science • Money & Faith

soundoff (388 Responses)
  1. JAMES

    ted turner, george schwartz aka soros, jane fonda, barry soetoro all talmudic marxist. Hey Ted pse contact God and request help for USA.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  2. oldpink

    As if this statement weren't stupid enough from the eternally crackpot Ted Turner, consider this: Ted Turner is a rabid atheist who derides people of faith.
    Keep that in mind next time you hear this liberal dirtbag make such an idiotic statement.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  3. mimi5952

    Turner is a Communist just like his wife Jane Fonda. No one is listening to either one of these people. He is not the voice of the South. No one cares what this Communist thinks or does.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  4. IraqVet

    That's right Ted! God wants you to walk every where you go, stop eating and breathing, stop buying up water resources and change your name to Richard Cranium....I love these champagne Marxists, and then there are the dumb a**es that hang on their every word.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  5. MIKE


    May 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  6. Texasbel

    This guy is such a jerk. I have alway thought he was psychotic and needed mental help. Who would listen to the likes of this creep? He is the voice of the South only in his own mind. He is also a Communist in my opinion.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  7. badjrsgord

    This guy is nuttier than my mother's fruitcake. If he didn't have any $ he'd be laughed at as a moron. Come to think of it, he is a moron, but with $. Why bother to even cover the guy???

    May 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  8. magnoliabel

    Ted Turner is a Democrat Marxist. He is not the voice of the South. The South is still Christian and Ted Turner is not Christian.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  9. Clay

    Ever notice when something big and/or tragic happens the media jockey to put a mic in Ted's face? It's always instant comedy when Turner starts bumping his gums.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  10. GrantHubbard

    Then Mr. Turner got on his private jet and flew home to New Mexico...good use of fuel...take the covered wagon back to New Mexico and we'll start listening...or better yet, get one those solar powered planes and fly it back. Moron.

    May 18, 2010 at 5:17 pm |

    God is pretty amazing. He has Ted Turner, an athiest, talking about his total control over everthing in this world!! Yahoo, there is hope for you Ted if you truly believe what you said in your statement!!!

    May 18, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  12. tuvwxyz

    Ted does not believe in God. He belittles those around him that do believe in God.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  13. Charles Hogan

    Ted Turner is as EVIL as one can get. I know my God will have his revenge on The freak.
    Charles A. Hogan

    May 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  14. nimrod

    Ted Turner? isn't he a member of the Club of Rome?
    didn't he once say the ideal population of the earth should be no more than 500,000 people?

    May 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  15. Susy

    Thurner went over the deep end long ago. He and Jane should just leave the country. They have already made their millions off of our society that hate so. So, get the heck out. You "baby boomers" are destroying our country. We do not want your kind here! Of course, now you have the government on your side, made up of course of all the people like you. Do not think when everything goes down that your fortunes will not be affected. They will.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  16. gemshews

    ted divining God , this man is a wizard

    May 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  17. Jocko

    Ted Turner is as religious as OBAMa is Christian. But, if Turner was right, then God must be telling the Europeans with His volcano if you continue with this Socialism crap, I'll keep blowing smoke up your ass until you quit.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  18. Hal

    I wonder, why do all the really rich people hate this country??? Like Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Turner, Allen, Moore and the rest. They would obviously be happier living somewhere else. Then the rest of us could get on with living our lives in freedom. P.S. Please take all of the people who just want to sponge off of everyone else with them.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  19. Joe Boogles

    What's wrong with this guy? This was a man made disaster not a heaven sent one. And that's oil on the ocean surface not tea leaves. At least, atheistic Teddy's doing some deeper thinking as he approaches his elder years.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  20. Hal

    Wow! That's deep considering, Turner is an atheist! When did he become a believer? Oh, wait, he must be talking about some earth-god! Because the real God put the oil there for us to use.
    Just more of the insane and illogical thinking of Teddy. He really need to do what Howard Hughes did and disappear voluntarily! Him and Pelosi, Reid, Obama and the rest...Since they all hate America, they should do the rest of us a favor and go found their own country where they can be as looney as they want.

    May 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
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