Tom Hanks

Religion, politics, and ideas ofTom Hanks

Christian

Criticizes Trump

Patriot

Follows COVID Guidelines

LGBTQ+ Supporter

Criticizes Trump

Democrat

Religion

Christian

25 Mar 2009

In an interview with ScrippsNews, Tom Hanks said

I must say that when I go to church – and I do go to church – I ponder the mystery,” he said. “I meditate on the, ‘why?’ of ‘Why people are as they are,’ and ‘Why bad things happen to good people,’ and ‘Why good things happen to bad people.’ … The mystery is what I think is, almost, the grand unifying theory of all mankind.
Political Affiliation

Criticizes Trump

Patriot

Praises Obama

23 Sep 2020

In an interview with Graham Bensinger, Tom Hanks said

I’m not sure the man has taken his oath seriously to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States. [...] I have great faith in our system of government. [...] To be in Washington DC at a time when the first Black president for the country was going to be taking office to me was as monumental as an evolutionary place in the country, in the republic equal to man finally landing on the moon.

Follows COVID Guidelines

Possibly Criticizes Trump

6 Jul 2020

In an interview with The Guardian, Tom Hanks said

Oh dear! I have nothing but question marks about the official position as well as the individual choice. There’s really only three things everyone needs to do: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. I know societally it’s been politicised, but I don’t get it, man. I don’t understand how anyone can put their foot down and say: ‘I don’t have to do my part. [...] Well, I must say, I grew up looking to our leaders for calm and informed guidance and I don’t think we’ve got that

Criticizes Trump

Possibly Democrat

13 Oct 2016

In an interview with BBC, Tom Hanks said

I’m voting for Hilary Clinton because I think she is wildly qualified to be the president. [...] If he wins though what? Well then it’s a dark day for planet earth, don’t you think?
Political Views

Patriot

2 Mar 2017

In a note to the White House Press Corp, along with an espresso machine, Tom Hanks said

To the White House Press Corps. Keep up the good fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Especially for the truth part.
LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ Supporter

14 Jan 2015

In a statement through his publicist, Tom Hanks said

Last week, I labeled members of the Mormon church who supported California's Proposition 8 as 'un-American. I believe Proposition 8 is counter to the promise of our Constitution; it is codified discrimination. But everyone has a right to vote their conscience; nothing could be more American. To say members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who contributed to Proposition 8 are 'un-American' creates more division when the time calls for respectful disagreement. No one should use 'un- American' lightly or in haste. I did. I should not have.
Summary

Hanks has run the gamut of Christian denominations from Mormonism to Catholicism but seems to have settled on Greek Orthodox.

Hanks is a hardcore Democrat and liberal, throwing his weight behind gay marriage, alternative energy, environmentalism, and Obama.

Editorial

Tom Hanks was born in Concord, California.

His religious beliefs are about as diverse as the characters he has played. Hanks' childhood was a hodgepodge of divorce and step-parents, each with their own views. Hanks has identified with everything from Mormonism to his most recent and enduring faith–Greek Orthodox. In his own words:

The major religion I was exposed to in the first 10 years of my life was Catholicism. My stepmother became a Mormon. My aunt, whom I lived with for a long time, was a Nazarene, which is kind of ultra-super Methodist, and in high school, all my friends were Jews. For years I went to Wednesday-night Bible studies with my church group. So I had this peripatetic overview of various faiths, and the one thing I got from that was the intellectual pursuit involved. There was a lot of great stuff to think about.[1]

Hanks' second and current wife, Rita Wilson, was raised a member of the Greek Orthodox Church and Hanks has taken on her religion.

Hanks is said to be a deeply religious man and goes to church regularly.[2] Hanks has said that his greatest motivation for being a church-goer is to come in contact with the great unanswered questions mankind has always asked, questions that, for the most part, only religion attempts to answer.[3]

Politics is just like a box of chocolates…

Politically, Hanks falls squarely in the Democrat/liberal camp, like the vast majority of his Hollywood counterparts. He's stuck up for quite a few liberal causes like gay marriage and the environment, and has a large collection of electric and hybrid cars.

He even slandered his old church–The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) when they donated money to advance proposition 8 in California, effectively banning gay marriage.[4]

However, he quickly rescinded his statement but fought fire with fire, contributing his star power to raising over $44 million to defeat proposition 8–which passed anyway.[5]

Hanks backed Obama in 2008, posting a video on his Myspace page, explaining his position.[6]

In 2012, Hanks forcefully said he would back Obama once again and, despite widespread opinion to the opposite effect, said Obama had exceeded his expectations, saying:

If you would have told me a few years ago that 'don't ask, don't tell' would be repealed and about a billion jobs at General Motors and Chrysler would have been saved because the president was smart enough and strong enough and bold enough to do so, I would have said, 'Wow. That's a good president, I think I'll vote for him again.'[7]

He doesn't seem to acknowledge the billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars that were funneled to some of the country's richest men during that bailout, but hey, that's what the PR machine is all about.

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