Chris Pratt has responded to Ellen Page’s allegations that he belongs to a hateful and discriminatory church which does not acknowledge or respect the LGBTQ community.
Last week, Page responded to a tweet by The Hollywood Reporter about Chris Pratt’s appearance on The Late Show with the text, Fresh from fasting, @prattprattpratt talks about his spiritual side on @colbertlateshow She responded, “Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?”
She was referring to Chad Veach, the pastor of Pratt’s Zoe Church who said to New York Times in March 2018 that his church was modeled after the Australian Hillsong church founded in 1983 by Brian Houston and Bobbie Houston.
In 2015, Brian wrote in a blog, “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. 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.”
Zoe Church’s website says, “Our church is a place where our doors are open to people of all backgrounds—regardless of where they are at in their journeys— and we hope all feel welcomed, comfortable and loved.”
Page then followed up with the tweet, “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.”
After her allegations, Pratt took to social media to respond to her claims, saying, “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti –LGBTQ.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
He added, “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.”
He also 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 any group of people. My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.”
Page has not yet responded to his post.