Actor Chris Pratt response to criticism after he was was called out for belonging to a church that is allegedly “infamously anti LGBTQ.”
Earlier this week, Pratt discussed the 21-day religious fast he participated in while a guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
“The Daniel Fast… it’s a 21-day fast that kind of a lot of people are doing it. I did it through my church, it’s based on Daniel, the book of Daniel, the prophet Daniel, from the Old Testament. Daniel was a guy who only ate fruits and vegetables and grains and didn’t have any breads or animal products. I was inspired by my pastor. It was 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.”
However, it was after Pratt talked publicly about his religion that fellow actor, Ellen Page, began chastising him for his role within a church that is “infamously anti LGBTQ.”
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 wrote on Twitter:
Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?
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. […]
If lgbtq+ people are expressing their pain, their trauma, their experiences…maybe just try and listen? Open your heart, stop being defensive and have compassion. It’s a beautiful and life changing feeling, empathy. Much love truly to all.
Pratt, who according to E! News is a member of Zoe Church, caught wind of the claims being directed at him and responded via his own social media platforms.
He wrote on his Instagram story:
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.
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.
My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life and I am not 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.
Jesus said, “I give you a new command, love one another.”
This is what guides me in my life. He is a God of Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness. Hate has no place in my or this world.
Page has not yet responded to Pratt’s statement.