Phil Collins
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Religion

TV Evangelists, it's an easy target, but what a target. We're not too familiar with them in this country, but in America? No matter where you turn the dial on the television Sunday, there they are, every station, wall to all TV Evangelists. And the idea is that they come on television and preach, they ask you to give them money, and the more money you give them, the more chance that your prayer will be answered. Must be genuine, must be the real thing. You know, there are the real guys but there are also some strange characters.

Phil Collins said, in a concert

Summary

Collins believes in a higher power--as is evident by his membership in the Society of Freemasons--but we're not sure how Collins sees that higher power.

Collins appears to be Conservative for tax reasons and liberal when it comes to animal rights.

Editorial

Phil Collins was born and raised in London, England.

Collins' religion is unknown and it is speculated by some that he is an atheist.[1]

This seems impossible, however, as Collins is a member of the Freemasons[2] and as such, has been required to declare his belief in a higher power.[3] Freemasons, though, are not asked to qualify what type of higher power it is they believe in, just that they believe in one–which isn't helpful for our purposes.

Collins has been highly critical of Christianity–particularly American televangelists. He satirizes them in the Genesis song, "Jesus He Knows Me,"[4] and disparages them in public interviews.[5] Strangely, he appears to be under the impression that the majority of Americans are under the spell of these two-faced religious leaders. He said:

Most of Americans go for these [televangelists]. It's hugely popular… Listen, people, wake up! These people are fleecing you.[6]

Still, a critique of one religious movement is not an endorsement of another and we're still left scratching our heads over Collins' true religious beliefs.

To pay or not to pay

Perhaps if Collins was a little more forthright with his views, there wouldn't be such a swirling of rumors.

People have speculated that Collins is a supporter of Britain's Conservative Party–mainly for tax reasons. This came as certain wealthy Brits were threatening to leave Britain in 1992 if the Labour Party, with its high tax rates for the rich, were to win the elections. Collins was counted among them, and later admitted that he certainly did not want most of his income taken, but that it didn't mean he was a Tory. However, he said that from his home in the tax haven country of Switzerland.[7]

But if it's true that Collins is conservative on the financial side of things, he's more liberal on the social side of things. He's a longtime supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and has rallied against Kentucky Fried Chicken in solidarity with the left-leaning organization.[8]

Maybe he's libertarian. It sort of adds up if you think about it.

Any Phil Collins experts out there, help us out in the comments.

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