Chris Pratt's religiosity is something that's become more and more pronounced in recent months.
He and his new fiance, Katherine Schwarzenegger, are regularly sighted attending church services in Los Angeles, and he's spoken on the topic of his faith at pretty much every available opportunity. More pointedly, however, is the fact that Pratt attends Hillsong, a mega-church that's been receiving scrutiny of late for its stance on LGBT issues.
A 2015 statement by the mega-church stated while it "welcomes all people", it did not "affirm all lifestyles" and "holds to traditional Christian thought on gay lifestyles and gay marriage."
This statement, and Hillsong's stance in general on the topic of LGBT people, was criticised by Ellen Page in a tweet last week where she described Hillsong as "infamously anti LGBTQ" and called on Pratt to address it.
Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too? https://t.co/meg8m69FeF
— Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) February 8, 2019
Fast-forward a few days later, and Pratt's got a carefully worded statement on the matter. "It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ.’ Nothing could be further from the truth," said Pratt. "I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone. My church is important to me but no church defines me or my life."
He went on, adding that he was "not a spokesperson for 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 fellow man," said Pratt.
All well and good, but when you attend a church that holds up traditional (and outdated) values on marriage, and you're in the public eye, it's no wonder people see it as tacit agreement. As Pratt says, it doesn't define his life and that's fine. But surely if he believes that everyone is entitled to love and should be free of judgement, why worship at a church that clearly stands of judgement of their fellow man and woman?