Eric Church
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Political Affiliation

I’m conflicted. I like that he’s thrown a monkey wrench into things. I think that chaos is good. I enjoyed the North Korea thing. Why haven’t we talked to that guy? Tariffs, I don’t know yet. I don’t want a trade war, but I’ll walk with him down that road a little farther. I have a ton of problems with him. I don’t like the racial overtones. I hate the tweeting. It seems insecure, petty, not presidential. [...] I’ll tell you what I’m against. You never separate kids from their families. Never, ever, ever. You want to deport them, deport them. But this is wrong. It’s horrific. It’s child abuse, as far as I can tell. When I see a crying kid separated from their parents, I don’t give a shit what you have to say. No fucking chance.

Eric Church said, in an interview with Rolling Stone, while talking about Donald Trump

Praises Bernie

25 Jul 2018

I love Bernie. Bernie had a great message. It’s funny: If it had been Bernie versus Trump, I don’t know what I would’ve done. I would’ve at least thought about it more than I did.

Eric Church said, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Eric Church said

Eric Church
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Political Views

Apolitical

6 Feb 2021

For me, it really came from two things… 1) the Capitol riots, when that happened, I could see the division. I’m 43 years old and I’ve never seen anything like that, none of us have. And I’m not a political person, I honestly don’t mean this politically… that broke my fucking heart.

Eric Church said, in an interview in Tom Scott’s Podcast Express

Eric Church
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Abortion

Pro-Life

25 Jul 2018

I’m a pro-life guy at heart, but I don’t think we should change the law. Some things you shouldn’t govern.

Eric Church said, in an interview with Rolling Stone

Eric Church
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Climate Change

Eric Church said, in an interview at Rolling Stone, when asked about climate change and clean energy

If we’re not thinking about that as our future, we’ve completely lost our minds.

Eric Church
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Gun Control

I’m a Second Amendment guy. That’s in the Constitution, it’s people’s right, and I don’t believe it’s negotiable. But nobody should have that many guns and that much ammunition and we don’t know about it. Nobody should have 21 AKs and 10,000 rounds of ammunition and we don’t know who they are. Something’s gotta be done so that a person can’t have an armory and pin down a Las Vegas SWAT team for six minutes. That’s fucked up. [...] As a gun guy, the number of rounds [the shooter] fired was un-fucking-believable to me. I saw a video on YouTube from the police officer’s vest cam, and it sounded like an army was up there. I don’t think our forefathers ever thought the right to bear arms was that. [...] There are some things we can’t stop. Like the disgruntled kid who takes his dad’s shotgun and walks into a high school. But we could have stopped the guy in Vegas. I blame the lobbyists. And the biggest in the gun world is the NRA. [...] I’m a Second Amendment guy, but I feel like they’ve been a bit of a roadblock. I don’t care who you are – you shouldn’t have that kind of power over elected officials. To me it’s cut-and-dried: The gun-show [loophole] would not exist if it weren’t for the NRA, so at this point in time, if I was an NRA member, I would think I had more of a problem than the solution. I would question myself real hard about what I wanted to be in the next three, four, five years. [...] Right’s right and wrong’s wrong. I don’t understand why we have to fear a group [like the NRA]. It’s asinine. Why can’t we come together and solve one part of this? Start with the bump stocks and the gun shows. Shut a couple of these down. I do think that will matter a little bit. I think it will save some lives.

Eric Church said, in an interview with Rolling Stone

Eric Church
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Immigration

Pro-immigration

25 Jul 2018

I believe there’s a better way to handle it, but we’re a country of immigrants, and we always should be.

Eric Church said, in an interview with Rolling Stone

Summary

Church was raised Baptist, and although he talks a lot about sinners, seems to still be a practicing Christian.

He considers himself a non-political independent.

Editorial

Eric Church was born and raised in Granite Falls, North Carolina.

Did you expect a country boy named Church to be a Christian? Well, stereotypes win; you're right–except not totally. In the one direct quote about his religious beliefs that I could find, Church sounds like religion didn't always have all the answers for him:

I was raised in a Christian. . . . Baptist family–the religion of contradictions. I had a view of the world. Then I went out on my own. . .[1]

As the title of his debut album Sinners Like Me suggests, Church's songwriting is sometimes more about straying from the image of a perfect Christian, but not too far away. In the title track he sings,

On the day I die/ I know where I'm gonna go/ Me and Jesus got that part worked out/ I'll wait at the gates til his face I see/ And stand in a long line of sinners like me[2]

Regardless, his Christian background comes through in plenty of his songs from "Loves Me Like Jesus Does"[3] to "Country Music Jesus":

I had a revelation last night/ A divine inspiration from the other side/ On what it's gonna take to right all this wrong/ We need a country music Jesus/ To come and save us all[4]

Even if Church thinks the Baptists of his youth were full of contradictions, it seems fairly clear through his songwriting that he still believes in God and considers himself a Christian. If that's not the case, he does a good job of fooling us.

Church and politics don't mix

Eric Church thinks talking about politics is fine and dandy, and celebrities should let their opinions be known if they want. But he's not going to–mainly because he doesn't have any opinions. He implied that he looked at being political as an admirable quality, but after stating that he considers himself a non-political independent, he said,

I guess I look at it sometimes, and I have a hard time telling the difference between them, with Democrats and Republicans. At least for me, it's just not something I'm terribly interested in.[5]

Fair enough. And I'm sure plenty of his fans are happy to take a break from political punditry and just enjoy the music.

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