Chris Pratt has responded to criticism levelled by fellow actor Ellen Page, who chided him for being part of the Hillsong Church, which she deems an anti-LGBTQ establishment.
In an Instagram story on Monday, Pratt made it clear he's never seen the church embrace such a philosophy and can only judge it based on his personal 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 referenced his 2017 divorce from Anna Farris as one of the key reasons he turned to the church, and 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 regarding the church's stance on homosexual lifestyles, which advocates like Page clearly take 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."
Nonetheless, Pratt elaborated that while his faith is important to him, ultimately, no church "defines" his life and as such, he isn't one to judge the lifestyles of others as well. "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.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)