Chris Pratt Denies Ellen Page’s Anti-LGBTQ Claims About His Church

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Chris Pratt is finally responding to Ellen Page’s claim that the actor’s church is “infamously anti-LGBTQ.” He took to Instagram to explain the beliefs of his church after she called out the actor for his association with “an organization that hates a certain group of people.”

Ellen Page first addressed concerns following a Pratt interview

During a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Pratt discussed the Daniel Fast, a 21-day diet that his pastor inspired him to do. He explained, “I did it through my church. It’s based on Daniel, the book of Daniel, the prophet Daniel from the Old Testament.” 

In response to a tweet about the interview, Page noted: “Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?”

Page doubled down on her statement

At the time, Pratt hadn’t responded and Page took to Twitter to follow up her original statement about the church, tweeting: “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.”

There were a range of reactions from her followers, with some supporting Pratt. She shared in another tweet: “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 fires back at Page

Pratt took a break from promoting The Lego Movie 2 to set the record straight on his church and his beliefs, taking to his Instagram story on Monday to explain: “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.”

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He further explained how the church was supportive through his divorce from Anna Faris, noting: “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.”

He continued: “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.”

Pratt says his church doesn’t define him

While Pratt confirms that “faith is important” to him, he remarks that “no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any church or any group of people.”

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The actor shared that his values define him, explaining, “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,'” he wrote. “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.”