George Clooney

Religion, politics, and ideas ofGeorge Clooney

Agnostic

Supports Biden

Patriot

Social Justice Supporter

Social Justice Activist

Religion

Agnostic

28 Sep 1997

In an interview with Washington Post, George Clooney said

I don’t believe in Heaven and Hell. I don’t know if I believe in God. All I know is that as an individual, I won’t allow this life – the only thing I know to exist – to be wasted.
Political Affiliation

Supports Biden

28 Jul 2020

George Clooney held a virtual fundraiser with Barack Obama for Joe Biden.

Political Views

Patriot

2 Dec 2020

In an interview with People Magazine, George Clooney said

I’m always optimistic about this country. We fail a great deal, but I’ve been to so many countries that are really failed states, and they look to this country for leadership. We come up short a lot—race being our great original sin and clearly the one we’ve been the worst at—but we are in the constant process of trying to find a more perfect union… You can’t give up. I believe in the American spirit.
Social Justice

Social Justice Supporter

Social Justice Activist

2 Dec 2020

According to People Magazine, in 2020 alone George Clooney “has donated $500,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative in the wake of George Floyd’s death, $1 million for COVID-19 responses in Italy, London and Los Angeles and significant aid to Lebanese charities after the deadly explosion in Beirut in August. Most days he and his wife Amal, 42, an esteemed human rights attorney, work on the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which advocates accountability for human rights abuses around the world.”

Summary

Clooney was raised a Catholic, but has since proclaimed himself an agnostic, bordering on atheism.

Clooney is a proud liberal and has lent his star power to many causes. He's spoken out against war, poverty, environmental issues, and more.

Editorial

George Clooney was raised in Georgetown, Kentucky in a devout Catholic family.[1]

Clooney speaks highly of his Catholic roots, saying:

I used to go to confession every week….I grew up with a great sense of structure and respect.[2]

Clearly, Clooney has outgrown his childhood religion and now, has no problem telling the world he's an Agnostic. In fact, some quotes indicate that Clooney might be more of an atheist:

I don't believe in Heaven and Hell. I don't know if I believe in God. All I know is that as an individual, I won't allow this life — the only thing I know to exist — to be wasted.[3]

Still, he's very careful to stress that he has no problem with those with religious beliefs, saying:

Whatever anybody believes as long as it doesn't hurt anybody else, it's fair enough, and works, and I think, is real, and matters. I don't happen to have those beliefs, as much, you know, I don't believe in those things.[4]

Celebrity superhero to the rescue

Politically, Clooney has been very active throughout his career. He calls himself a liberal and wonders why society has turned on liberals, saying:

I'm a liberal. I'm confused when that became a bad word…the liberal movement morally, you know, has stood on the right side of an awful lot of issues. We thought that blacks should be allowed to sit at the front of the bus and women should be able to vote, McCarthy was wrong, Vietnam was a mistake.[5]

Clooney was so disturbed by genocide efforts in Darfur that he addressed the United Nations Security Council about it, hoping for more intervention.[6]

It's not surprising Clooney turned his fame as an actor towards political causes. His father was a journalist who went after corrupt politicians in his time. Clooney said:

My dad, who went after OPEC for raising gas prices and Gerald Ford for pardoning Richard Nixon, believed it's your responsibility—not just your right—to question authority.[7]

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