Jim Carrey

The Religion and Political Views of Jim Carrey



Carrey was raised a Roman Catholic, dabbled in Presbyterianism, and most recently subscribed to the New Age spiritualism of Eckhart Tolle.

Political Views

Carrey has spoken positively of President Obama and championed a liberal cause or two. His political interests, however, seem to lie outside of the U.S.


Jim Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2004 but still holds citizenship in Canada.

He was raised a Catholic but dabbled in Presbyterianism later in life.[1] Despite his funnyman reputation, one gets the sense when studying Carrey that he's a complex, searching person. He spoke about looking for spiritual answers as a child and being inspired by the Buddha[2] but has also expressed a distrust of organized religions.[3]

He's cracked jokes about Scientologists[4] and, as of yet, hasn't joined Kabbalah but he did seem to latch onto Oprah's favorite religious non-religion–the cult of Eckhart Tolle.

Tolle's New Age somewhat ambiguous, generic spirituality has attracted another celebrity. But Carrey seems like a smart guy, so maybe I'm missing something. He spoke at Tolle's Inaugural GATE Event (Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment) and seemed very serious about it.[5]

Outside politics

Carrey, maybe because he's Canadian, expresses a sense of the political situation outside of the United States–and even North America. He is a pro-democracy advocate and made a video that circulated the internet raising awareness and showing support for Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.[6]

When asked about the newly-elected Barack Obama in 2008 (who he supports) Carrey's response was mainly about U.S. relations with the rest of the world. He said:

It's amazing to see the difference in one day after he was elected… We've been doing everything in our power in the last eight years to make [other countries] dislike us. We've completely discounted other people for the last eight years and I think this is a sign to them that we understand that they're there and that we have to play ball with everybody.[7]

He's also jumped on the purist medication, liberal train and protested the use of toxic vaccines in children by marching in Washington D.C.[8]

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