George Strait was born in Poteet, Texas and grew up in Pearsall, Texas.
Strait is a quiet icon. If you’re going to get him talking, the conversation will likely revolve around his music. However, we know he was raised a Baptist. He did have a religious upbringing, to which he credits his father:
My dad, of course, raised my brother and me on his own, and he raised us in a real religious atmosphere. We’re all Baptists, and he always told me that the Lord would tell me what He wanted me to do with my life; and I kind of believe that’s really true. So I didn’t worry about it much, didn’t think about it that much.
Strait eloped with his high school sweetheart in Mexico, but when they returned to Texas, they had a ceremony in a church. Which church is unclear.
And like most country music stars, he’s got a few religious-themed songs in his repertoire, such as “I Saw God Today,” with lyrics like:
I’ve been to church/I’ve read the book/I know He’s there/But I don’t look/near as often as I should/His fingerprints are everywhere/I just look down and stop and stare/open my eyes and then I swear/I Saw God Today.
So, despite the fact that Strait doesn’t talk about it, we can say with considerable confidence that he’s at least somewhat religious, and probably still a Baptist.
It won’t happen, folks. In the arena of politics, Strait is even more tight-lipped than he is with his religious views. In 2012, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich used his song, “Heartland,” at campaign events–which obviously Strait didn’t take issue with. But when asked to comment about candidates, issues, or anything political for that matter, all reporters could get was a statement from Strait’s publicist:
George never comments publicly on political views.
We have one tiny piece of evidence that suggests that Strait is probably a Republican. In 1992, he donated $240 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Beyond that, plenty of fan sites and rumor mills speculate that he’s a Republican, so there must be some reason for that, which might just be he’s a country singer from Texas.