Chris Pratt has finally responded to fellow actor Ellen Page and her criticism. Page chided Pratt for being a part of the Hillsong Church, which she deems as an anti-LGBTQ establishment.
Chris Pratt Responds on Instagram
On an Instagram story, Pratt made it clear that he has never seen the church embrace a similar philosophy and can judge it based on his own experiences. “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ,'” he said. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
Pratt also referenced his 2017 divorce from Anna Farris as one of the main reasons he turned back to church. He even stated how it supported him during his time. “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.”
However, in 2015, Hillsong’s Brian Huston released a controversial statement about the church’s stance on homosexuality, which advocates like Page takes the issue with. “Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles,” read the statement. “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. I recognize this one statement alone is upsetting to people on both sides of this discussion, which points to the complexity of the issue for churches all over the world.”
Nevertheless, Pratt elaborated that while his faith is important to him, no church defines his life. Ans also, he can’t judge the lifestyles of others. “My values define who I am. We need less hate in the world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from judgement of their fellow man,” he concluded.