Actor Chris Pratt is on the defensive after Ellen Page called his church “infamously anti-LGBTQ.”
In a post on an Instagram Story, Pratt wrote, “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti –LGBTQ.’ ”
Chris Pratt just posted this on his instagram story addressing his church. pic.twitter.com/eiEg4ICnXi
— uncle jen (@tardypartypeter) February 11, 2019
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he wrote. “I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
The posting came after the out actress and vocal LGBTQ advocate took to Twitter on Friday to tell her more than 1.4 million Twitter followers that The Lego Movie 2 star attends an “infamously anti lgbtq” church after Pratt discussed his spiritual connection to Hillsong Church on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week.
“Oh. K. Um,” Page said on Twitter. “But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?”
If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop. Sending love to all
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 9, 2019
The “Juno” star who married her wife, dancer-choreographer Emma Portner, last year, later tweeted, “If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed.
“Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides,” she tweeted. “The damage it causes is severe.”
Pratt has been seen attending several services at Hillsong Church, a popular congregation for Hollywood A-Listers like Pratt, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and the Kardashians, according to People magazine.
Vox confirmed this week that Pratt attends Los Angeles’s Zoe Church, which describes itself as a “place where our doors are open to people of all backgrounds,” though pastor Chad Veach admitted to The New York Times in March 2018 that he “modeled his church after Hillsong.”
In 2015, Hillsong and its pastor Brian Houston came under fire for his stance on the gay community.
Houston posted a lengthy blog post about the subject, where he wrote he held “traditional Christian thought on gay lifestyles and gay marriage.”
“I do believe God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he continued. “The writings of the apostle Paul in scripture on the subject of homosexuality are also clear, as I have mentioned in previous public statements.”
Houston went on to write that “Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid.”
The pastor also clarified that members of the LGBTQ community “are welcome to attend, worship with us, and participate as a congregation member with the assurance that you are personally included and accepted,” but outlined that they wouldn’t be able to hold positions of leadership within the church.
In 2016, The Daily Beast detailed Hillsong’s history of sex abuse and conversion therapy.
Without naming his church, Pratt said in his posting that “Despite what the Bible says about divorce my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk.
“They helped me tremendously offering love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender,” said Pratt.
He also said his faith is important to him “but no church defines me or my life and I am not spokesman for any church or any group of people.”
Rather, it is his values, Pratt wrote, that define him: “Jesus said, ‘I give you a new command, love one another.’ This is what guides me in my life. He is a God of Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness. Hate has no place in my or this world.”