Taylor Swift

Religion, politics, and ideas ofTaylor Swift

Christian

Democrat

LGBTQ+ Supporter

Pro-Choice

Political Affiliation

Democrat

Christian

31 Jan 2020

In the documentary Miss Americana, when talking about Senator Marsha Blackburn, Taylor Swift said

I can't see another commercial and see her disguising these policies behind the words 'Tennessee Christian Values. Those are not Tennessee Christian Values. I live in Tennessee, I'm Christian, that's not what we stand for.

Democrat

23 Aug 2019

When asked about Donald Trump, Taylor Swift said

We’re a democracy – at least, we’re supposed to be – where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate. I really think that he thinks this is an autocracy.
LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ Supporter

27 Aug 2019

Taylor Swift created a petition for the Equality Act (2019), and demonstrated her support in her VMAs acceptance speech.

LGBTQ+ Supporter

1 Jul 2019

Taylor Swift sent a letter to Senator Lamar Alexander asking for him to vote in favor of the Equality Bill (2019).

LGBTQ+ Supporter

7 Oct 2018

Instagram Post about the 2018 elections, Taylor Swift said

In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions. I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG.
Topic 2

Pro-Choice

23 Aug 2019

Taylor Swift is pro-choice.

Summary

Swift is a Christian, though which kind is a mystery.

Swift is a strange combination of both Republican and Democrat.

Editorial

Taylor Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 14.

Swift doesn't talk much about religion, and even actively avoids it. She wrote a message to fans on a forum on her website:

Just wanted to remind you guys that let's try to avoid topics and conversations that lean towards political or religious topics. In the end, someone will inevitably get offended and this just isn't the place for that.[1]

But she definitely has a Christian background. She enrolled in the Aaron Academy's homeschooling service, which has a strong Christian ethos,[2] for her final two years of high school.[3] She has given $250,000 to Christian schools around the country.[4] And she has recalled watching her grandmother sing at church when she was a young girl.[5]

Swift also stood up to her record label execs to get Christian band Need to Breathe to go on tour with her,[6] and has written and performed many songs referring to God. The lyrics for her single "Our Song," for example, contain a prayer reference:

And when I got home, before I said amen/ I asked God if He could play it again.[7]

Oh, and here's a big clue. She went on a date once with hyper-Christian football player, Tim Tebow.[8]

It is highly speculated that Swift is Catholic, but not confirmed. Her younger brother is a student at the University of Notre Dame, a Catholic research university,[9] if that's any help. But regardless, she certainly has the approval of Christian parents around the U.S. and even high-ranking Catholic officials have sung her praises. The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul wrote of her:

It is refreshing to find a popular, musical role model who is focused on friends, friendship and family values.[10]

Oh yes, she's squeaky clean–so far.

The politics of Swift

Swift is a bit of a contradiction. At first she certainly seems like a Republican. She performed at the Republican National Convention in 2008,[11] and she once apparently wrote on her MySpace page,

Republicans do it better.[12]

But then, in one interview, she conceded that she supports Obama. Referring to the 2008 election, the first one in which she was old enough to vote, she said,

I've never seen this country so happy about a political decision in my entire time of being alive. I'm so glad this was my first election.[13]

Swift has also said her heart was "racing" as she listened to Stevie Wonder make a speech on the evening that Obama was elected.[14] And she described Michelle Obama as a "role model."[15]

Even though she prefers not to talk about politics so as not to offend her fans, she can't seem to escape it. Maybe she put on a show of being Republican because she didn't want to turn away her predominantly Republican country music fanbase. Or maybe she really likes Obama, but not his politics. Any opinions? Let us know in the comments.

The article was written by Tom Kershaw and Lily Freeman.

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