Challenging Christian hate: Ellen Page calls out Chris Pratt for promoting the “infamously anti-LGBTQ” Hillsong Church.
Recently actor Chris Pratt has been in the headlines after publicly announcing that he had been engaged in the Bible-inspired “Daniel Fast” that is currently popular in some Christian circles.
(According to its website, the Daniel Fast is “based on the fasting experiences of the Old Testament Prophet,” and serves to help people “draw nearer to God.”)
Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night Pratt spoke in positive terms about the Bible-inspired fast that he’d just finished.
Speaking to Colbert about the fast, Pratt said:
I was inspired by my pastor.
It’s kind of like our Lent, you know, give something up. So for 21 days I had no meat, no sugar, no alcohol, and it was actually amazing. It was really cool.
In the interview Pratt went on to praise his church, Hillsong Church, and his pastor.
Reacting to the interview, Oscar nominated actress Ellen Page challenged Pratt’s association with Hillsong Church. Page tweeted:
Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?
Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too? https://t.co/meg8m69FeF
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 8, 2019
Page is right. Pratt’s church is open about being anti-gay and states in writing that they discriminate against LGBT people.
In a statement released in August 2015, Hillsong global pastor Brian Houston said:
God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Noting that Hillsong Church “holds to traditional Christian thought on gay lifestyles and gay marriage,” the statement reads:
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 recognise 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.
While Page is right to point out Pratt’s moral and intellectual failure in promoting and belonging to the anti-gay church, Pratt is not the only celebrity worshiping at the “infamously anti-LGBTQ” Hillsong Church. People notes that Hillsong Church is “a popular congregation for Hollywood A-Listers like Pratt, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and the Kardashians.”
Bottom line: Ellen Page denounces Chris Pratt’s anti-gay church after the actor promoted his church, Hillsong Church, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.