After Being Called Out by Ellen Page, Chris Pratt Defends Church Over Anti-LGBTQ Claims

Tuesday February 12, 2019

Chris Pratt is responding to Ellen Page, who called out the "Guardians of the Galaxy" actor for attending Hillsong Church, which the "Juno" star said is "infamously anti-LGBTQ."

Taking to his Instagram stories Monday evening, Pratt defended Hillsong against Page's comments — though he neither specifically mentions the megachurch nor the openly lesbian actress.

"It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which 'hates a certain group of people' and is 'infamously anti-LGBTQ,'" he wrote over a photo of a lamb standing on a rock. "Nothing could be further from the truth.

"I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone. 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," Pratt went on to say, referencing his split with actress Anna Farris. "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," the 39-year-old "Jurassic World" star wrote. "My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any church or group of people.

"My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more," he continued. "I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want, free from the judgment of their fellow man.

"Jesus said, 'I give you a new command, love one another,'" Pratt added. "This is what guides me in my life. He is a God of Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness. Hates has no place in my or this world."

Page's comments came after Pratt appeared on "The Late Show" and told host Stephen Colbert about his diet inspired by the Bible. The segment sparked Page to tweet: "Oh. K. Um. 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," she later added. "Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren't two sides. The damage it causes it severe. Full stop. Sending love to all."

As previously reported, a number of A-listers attend the megachurch Hillsong, most notably Justin Bieber and his new wife Hailey Bieber (neè Baldwin). Selena Gomez also attends the church and the likes of the Kardashian sisters and even recently Lana Del Rey have been spotted at Hillsong. Nevertheless, the church's global pastor in 2015 Brian Houston said on Hillsong's website he "holds traditional Christian thought on gay lifestyles and gay marriage" adding that "marriage is between a man and woman." Nevertheless, he says the church "welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles."

Check out Pratt's Instagram post below.

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