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Chris Pratt Defends Church Amid Anti-Gay Claims: “Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth”

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Chris Pratt Defends Church Amid Anti-Gay Claims: "Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth"

Chris Pratt is pushing back against claims that his church, a favorite among boldface Hollywood names, is anti-gay. On Thursday, actress Ellen Page brought the issue to the fore while remarking upon the actor’s Late Show appearance, in which he discussed his Christian faith with host Stephen Colbert. “Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?” Page wrote on Twitter , highlighting the Hillsong congregation (which also counts stars like Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin among its members). She followed that up with another tweet , saying stars shouldn’t be surprised when they’re called out on social media. “Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides,” she added. “The damage it causes is severe.”

On Monday, Pratt responded to Page with a message on his Instagram story (writing big blocks of text over a photo of a sheep; sure!), saying claims that Hillsong is anti-L.G.B.T.Q. are false. “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. “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. 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.”

It should be noted that Hillsong has also been accused of promoting conversion therapy and alienating gay members , in addition to opposing same-sex marriage .

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Pratt continued on his youth-pastor flow, quoting a Bible verse and saying that he is ultimately not a spokesman for the church. “My values define who I am,” he said. “I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.”

The actor, who’s currently promoting the underperforming Lego Movie 2 , also sat down for an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on Monday, where the topic of his church didn’t come up at all. Instead, she and Pratt had a softball chat, continuing DeGeneres’s unofficial pledge to make her couch a safe space for celebrities undergoing controversy . They shot the breeze about his movie, his son, and how it feels to lose out in the Chris Wars to Chris Hemsworth, who was named sexiest Chris in Hollywood by People .

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