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Chris Pratt says he never attended controversial church

I’ve never been to Hillsong,” Chris Pratt said of the controversial church in a Men’s Health cover story published today. “I’ve never actually been to Hillsong. I don’t know anyone from that church.

A Kind of Symbol for Christianity in Hollywood

Pratt traces people associating him with the city’s youth evangelical movement for an acceptance speech at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards in which he said, “God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you.” Sure; I do.

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Elliot Page tweeted

In 2019, after Pratt went on The Late Show and talked about his faith with Stephen Colbert, Elliot Page tweeted, “Oh. Of. Um. But his church is notoriously anti-LGBTQ so maybe address that as well?

The Umbrella Academy actor then said

If you’re a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone wonders why it hasn’t been addressed. Being anti-LGBTQ is wrong, it doesn’t have two sides. The damage caused by this is serious. full stop. Sending love to all.

, Practicing Gay Conversion Therapy at Hillsong

While it is unclear whether the page was referencing the scandal-ridden Hillsong Church, which once had many of Hollywood’s leading young Christians, the Twittersphere certainly took it that way. Hillsong was accused of practicing gay conversion therapy, which attempts to “pray homosexuals away”. According to the American Medical Association, the method is “not based on medical or scientific evidence”, which opposes its use.

Pratt replied on Instagram at the time

It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church that ‘hates people’ and is ‘notoriously anti-LGBTQ’. Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens its doors to everyone.” The Guardians of the Galaxy actor didn’t name Hillsong, and there’s a good reason: He doesn’t attend services there.

Anti-LGBTQ church members

The Guardian director, James Gunn, came to Pratt’s defense at the time and pointed out to Twitter critics that Pratt was not confirmed to be a member of an alleged anti-LGBTQ church. “He isn’t. I know that church.” where he currently goes. Do you? (The answer is not you, but you heard from someone who heard from someone that he went to church, then decided, “Yeah, well, I believe in this terrible thing Will be what I heard about this celebrity online!”)

Hillsong’s former follower Justin Bieber

Pratt, in fact, tells Men’s Health that he attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles, which counts Hillsong’s former follower Justin Bieber among his fans. Zoe Church founder Chad Veitch told the New York Times that he partly modeled his faith community after Hillsong.

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