Betty White

Religion, politics, and ideas ofBetty White

Summary

White is a member of the Unity Christian Church.

White is a liberal Democrat.

Editorial

Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois and grew up in Los Angeles, California.

White is a member of the Unity Church according to numerous sources,[1] though I can't find anything with her actually talking about it. Nevertheless, it's an interesting and very liberal branch of Christianity that doesn't take the Bible literally[2] and takes a more pantheistic view of God,[3] but keeps it's theology rather open so members can still feel welcome even with a wide range of beliefs. The Unity Church promotes a positive, affirmative view of Christianity and encourages personal relationships over hierarchical social structures.[4] It's like all the happy things about Christianity without all the guilt and dogma.

White is also what's called an "Ethical Vegan,"[5] a type of vegan with a "religious/philosophical component."[6]

But for the most part, White isn't keen on discussing religion.

Once a Democrat…

First of all, did you know Betty White was the mayor of Los Angeles? Alright, it was an honorary award, but I had you there.[7]

White is a serious Democrat from the old school. Her endorsements include Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.[8] As Obama was gearing up for re-election in 2012, White said:

I very, very much favor Barack Obama in the election. I like what Obama has done and how he represents us.[9]

Plus, her lifetime campaign contribution total of $15,500 has gone exclusively to Democrats and Democrat political organizations.[10]

But it doesn't stop there. White, who is pushing 100 years old, is considered a liberal today. What do you think they called her in, like, the 40s? She supports gay marriage, for one, saying:

I don't care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time–and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones–I think it's fine if they want to get married. I don't know how people can get so anti-something… Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don't worry about other people so much.[11]

Plus, her animal rights activism borders on obsession (refer to the "Ethical Veganism" mentioned above). Her animal organization support extends–to name a few–to the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, the Morris Animal Foundation, and Actors & Others for Animals.[12]

She's a passionate old lady, for sure.

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