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An evangelical Christian leader in Hollywood is calling fellow
believers around the world to pray for actress Jane Fonda and her
estranged husband, CNN founder Ted Turner, following a WorldNetDaily report
that the couple’s separation is prompted by Fonda’s conversion to
Christianity.

“Actress Jane Fonda and her husband, media mogul Ted Turner, need
prayer, not gossip,” says Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and
Television Commission and founder of Movieguide, a publication providing film reviews from a
biblical perspective.

The couple announced Jan. 4 that, while they are committed to the
long-term success of their marriage, they “mutually decided to spend
some time apart.”

“A year ago, Ted Turner told his marriage counselor that Jane Fonda
was ‘trying to make him a saint.’ This comment was reported but not
followed up by the major media. What he was referring to is the fact
that, according to reliable sources including correspondence with Jane
herself, Jane has accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior,” said Baehr.
“In fact, Ted Turner has complained that several of his closest friends
and associates have accepted Christ over the years: key people in Turner
Broadcasting, his best fishing buddy and his former paramour. Perhaps,
God is trying to get Ted Turner’s attention. Several years ago, he told
Woodstock Baptist Church in an apology for some anti-Christian comments,
that, in his youth, he accepted Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade,
but then rejected Jesus when his sister died and his father committed
suicide.”

Baehr added, “We need to pray for Ted and Jane and their marriage.”

Fonda became a believer in Jesus Christ partly through conversations
with her chauffeur, WorldNetDaily reported last week.

Fonda had incurred the ire of many conservative Christians by backing

abortion on demand and is notorious for her support of Communist North
Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Although she has not publicly discussed
her
current political views, she reportedly refused to participate in a
meditation ceremony at a recent environmental conference and said it
would
be better to “pray to Jesus Christ.” She alluded to her faith in Christ
publicly at least once, in 1998.

Turner has often derided Christians and once called Christianity a
“religion for losers.”

While Baehr said he is deeply disturbed by comments like those, he
noted, “We have all made mistakes. We’ve all said and done things we
learn
to regret. And, that’s a feeding ground for a malicious media, which
seeks to
create scandal and foment sensationalism. Ted and Jane are two very
bright
and energetic people caught in the glare of the media’s celebrity
spotlight.
They may be doing the right thing by taking time to re-evaluate and
re-appreciate one another. Our prayers — and theirs — can resolve the
problem. That is the message of this millennium: Look to God, not the
media.”

Founded by Baehr in 1986, the Christian Film and Television
Commission
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to redeeming the values of the
media
according to biblical principles by influencing media executives and by
equipping people to be media-wise consumers.

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