Chris Pratt has responded to criticism from actress Ellen Page, who rebuked him for being part of the Hillsong Church, which he considers an anti-LGBTQ establishment.
In an Instagram story on Monday, Pratt made it clear that he had never seen the church adopt such a philosophy and can only judge it based on his personal experiences. "Recently it was suggested to me that I belong to a church that" hates a certain group of people "and is" infamous anti-LGBTQ "," he said. "Nothing could be further from the truth, I go to a church that opens its doors to absolutely everyone."
Pratt referred to her 2017 divorce of Anna Farris as one of the key reasons why she turned to the church, and how she supported it during her time. "Despite what the Bible says about divorce, the community of my church was at my side every step of the way, never judged me, simply accompanied me with grace in my walk, they helped me enormously to offer love and support. It's what I've seen them do, others countless times regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender. "
However, in 2015, Hillsong's Brian Huston published a controversial statement regarding the church's stance on homosexual lifestyles, with which advocates such as Page are clearly in disagreement. "The Church of Hillsong welcomes ALL people, but does not affirm all lifestyles," read the statement. "Stated clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and, because of this, we do not knowingly have gay people actively in leadership positions, whether paid or unpaid. I recognize that only this statement is annoying to people on both sides of this discussion, which points to the complexity of the issue for churches around the world. "
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However, Pratt explained that while his faith is important to him, ultimately, no church "defines" his life and, as such, is not someone to judge the lifestyles of others. "My values define who I am, we need less hate in the world, no more, I am a man who believes that everyone has the right to love whoever they want without the judgment of their neighbor," he concluded.
(through The Hollywood Reporter)
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