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The following article is taken from the website 'The Hollowverse' which runs an online series called "The religions and political views of the influentials". The site states the
following, "
It is often said that one should avoid discussing politics or religion in polite company. But these are some of the most interesting topics and I hope I can get you talking
about them!
" - The Hollowverse

Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and grew up there until his teenage years when he and his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis’ upbringing, much like his fellow rock ‘n roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, was in the Assembly of God Church, a born-again Christian denomination where Elvis first gained an
appreciation for gospel and soul music.

Reports tend to agree that Elvis and his family were not very devout while he was growing up.

Elvis himself had an “on again, off again” relationship with Christianity and didn’t believe the Bible, in any literal sense.

On one hand, Elvis’ childhood preacher said that Elvis came to visit him in the 50s after he had become ridiculously famous. The preacher quotes Elvis as saying:
"Pastor, I’m the most miserable young man you’ve ever seen. I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need to spend. I’ve got millions of fans. I’ve got friends. But I’m doing what you taught me
not to do, and I’m not doing the things you taught me to do.

On the other hand, those close to Elvis say that he was an avid reader, was fascinated by all the world’s religions and seemed to relate to aspects of almost all of them.

One biographer noted that Elvis’ true faith was “a personalized religion out of what he’d read of Hinduism, Judaism, numerology, theosophy, mind control, positive thinking and
 (p134 - Hungry for Heaven: Rock 'N' Roll & the Search for Redemption; by Steve Turner)

The confusion over the faith of this now-legendary American icon might explain why so many faiths try to claim him today. There are films that seek to prove Elvis was in fact Jewish,
a Christian denomination that represents Christian teachings through the stories of Elvis’ life, essays that claim Elvis was a Catholic, a picture of Elvis in Hindu temples, and many

more phenomena linking “The King” with spirituality.

Interestingly, both Elvis’ widow and his daughter joined the Church of Scientology.

Elvis was never very political. It’s believed that he never actually voted in a presidential election, though he did mention who he preferred in a number of national elections.

For the most part, he favored Democrats, such as Adlai Stevenson over Republican Dwight D.Eisenhower in the 1956 election. He was a big fan of President John F. Kennedy, also
a Democrat, and a personal friend of Democrat Jimmy Carter when he was still the governor of Georgia.

But we’d be hard-pressed to call Presley a liberal. Rumors of Presley being a racist aside, he didn’t like hippies. He even contacted President Nixon, asking him to ban all four
members of The Beatles from entering the United States because, as Presley felt, they were a bad influence on American youth and contributed to their anti-American, anti-
capitalistic, anti-war sentiments and contributed to their “unkempt appearances."

Elvis was what he was–an old-school guy with old-school sensibilities.

He was already an icon during one of the most dramatic transformations in western history–and he didn’t like it. Still, not even The King could stop the 60s.

Originating Source -
The Hollowverse

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