Kanye West

Religion, politics, and ideas ofKanye West

Religious

Praises Trump

Criticizes Biden

Supports Prayer in Schools

Anti Abortion

Against Death Penalty

Anti Vaccine

Religion

Religious

Supports Prayer in Schools

8 Jul 2020

In an interview with Forbes, Kanye West said

Reinstate in God’s state, in God’s country, the fear and love of God in all schools and organizations and you chill the fear and love of everything else. So that was a plan by the Devil to have our kids committing suicide at an all-time high by removing God, to have murders in Chicago at an all-time high because the human beings working for the Devil removed God and prayer from the schools. That means more drugs, more murders, more suicide. [...] We pray. We pray for the freedom. It’s all about God. We need to stop doing things that make God mad. [...] Clean up the chemicals. In our deodorant, in our toothpaste, there are chemicals that affect our ability to be of service to God.

Religious

29 Oct 2019

In an interview with James Corden, Kanye West said

God’s always had a plan for me and he always wanted to use me, but I think he wanted me to suffer more and wanted people to see my suffering and my pain. [...] He’s showing out, now I get to work for God and he’s about to show out. Kayne West works for God.
Political Affiliation

Praises Trump

Criticizes Biden

Religious

Republican

8 Jul 2020

In an interview with Forbes, Kanye West said

I’m not saying Trump’s in my way, he may be a part of my way. And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know? Obama’s special. Trump’s special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special. [...] Trump is the closest president we’ve had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation. [...] That is a form of racism and white supremacy and white control to say that all Black people need to be Democrat and to assume that me running is me splitting the vote. All of that information is being charged up on social media platforms by Democrats. And Democrats used to tell me, the same Democrats have threatened me. . . . The reason why this is the first day I registered to vote is because I was scared. I was told that if I voted on Trump my music career would be over. I was threatened into being in one party. I was threatened as a celebrity into being in one party. I was threatened as a Black man into the Democratic party. And that’s what the Democrats are doing, emotionally, to my people. Threatening them to the point where this white man can tell a Black man if you don’t vote for me, you’re not Black.
Abortion

Anti Abortion

Religious

8 Jul 2020

In an interview with Forbes, Kanye West said

I am pro-life because I’m following the word of the Bible.
Death Penalty

Against Death Penalty

8 Jul 2020

In an interview with Forbes, Kanye West said

'Thou shalt not kill.’ I’m against the death penalty.
Vaccine

Anti Vaccine

Religious

8 Jul 2020

In an interview with Forbes, Kanye West said

It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralyzed. . . . So when they say the way we’re going to fix Covid is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious. That’s the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven. I’m sorry when I say they, the humans that have the Devil inside them. And the sad thing is that, the saddest thing is that we all won’t make it to heaven, that there’ll be some of us that do not make it.
Summary

Kanye was raised a generic Christian, somewhere in the Protestant sphere. He later renounced his religious roots and doesn't affiliate himself with any particular faith.

Kanye has had a lot of negative things to say about Republicans, especially George Bush but Obama doesn't really like him either so it's hard to decide which party he would fit into. He has shown support for the left-wing liberal Occupy Wall Street movement though.

Editorial

Kanye was born in Atlanta, Georgia but grew up in Chicago after his parents divorced at the age of 3. His mother was a college professor and his father a photojournalist, activist, and Christian counselor so Kanye had a largely middle-class upbringing.[1]

Kanye is one of rap's most outspoken, controversial, and (to some) most hated artists. He's had numerous public outbursts and has then made numerous public apologies.

He's rejected his Christian upbringing and especially the feeling that he had no choice when it came to religion. He has said:

You're not given a decision of what religion you want. Your parents just give it to you…I feel like religion is more about separation and judgment than bringing people together and understanding.[2]

Kanye's sentiments toward religion have caused some controversy from posing as Jesus on the cover of Rolling Stone to telling journalists in New Zealand that:

No! I don't wanna fuckin' be Christ-like. I want to be me-like.[3]

Insert foot in mouth–again

Politics is just another area where Kanye's big mouth has gotten him into some trouble. At one point, President Obama even took time away from his busy schedule to call Kanye a "jackass."[4]

After Hurricane Katrina decimated the Gulf Coast in 2005, Kanye West played a nationally televised benefit concert in which he gave America his opinion of George Bush's widely criticized handling of the disaster, saying:

George Bush doesn't care about black people.[5]

Even though Kanye later publicly apologized to President Bush–and Bush accepted–the comment created a national debate on the relationship between black America and the largely white power structure.

More recently, as America erupted in protest inspired by the protesters at Occupy Wall Street, Kanye visited the camp at Zucotti Park, lending his star power and support to the left-leaning movement.[6]

The irony, of course, is that the OWS protestors were rallying against the greed and corruption of America's wealthiest 1% and Kanye fits comfortably in that category.

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