While promoting The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Chris Pratt recently dropped by The Late Show, where he discussed his Bible-inspired Daniel Fast, a “21-day diet during which he ate only fruits, vegetables, grains, and unleavened bread.” The Parks and Recreation star also quoted his pastor to Stephen Colbert, saying, “If the spotlight that is shining on you is brighter than the light that’s within you, it will kill you.” Well, the spotlight’s on him now, after Ellen Page tweeted that Pratt attends a church that’s “infamously anti lgbtq.”
Pratt (along with Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Justin Bieber, among other celebrities) goes to Hillsong Church, which claims to welcome “ALL people,” but “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.” Via The Independent:
Hillsong has faced controversy since Carl Lentz, who leads its New York branch, said in 2015 that he believes homosexuality is a sin and that a gay member of the church could never hold a leadership position. That same way, Brian Houston, the church’s global senior pastor, released a statement which criticized two male choir members of the church who had gotten married.
“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,” Page, an outspoken member of the LGBTQ community (and who called out Vice President Mike Pence for advocating for “conversion therapy” on The Late Show), later tweeted. “Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop. Sending love to all.”
(Via the Independent)