Chris Pratt has been criticized for some time for his association with Hillsong Church, a mega-church known for its anti-LGBT views, but in a new interview with Men’s Health, Pratt claimed that he never came to Hillsong and doesn’t know anyone who does.
“Religion has been as oppressive as f*** for a long time,” Pratt said. “I didn’t know I was going to be the face of religion when I wasn’t a really religious person.” “I think there is a difference between being religious — sticking to human-created habits, often capturing the dread reserved for who I think is a very real God — and using it to control people, to take money from people, to abuse children, to steal land, to justify hatred. Whatever. The evil that resides in every man’s heart has been muffled on the back of religion and comes to ride.”
Pratt added, “I’ve never been to Heilsung. I’ve never actually been to Heilong. I don’t know anyone from that church.”
Pratt says it all goes back to a line from his 2018 acceptance speech at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, where he quoted, “God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you.”
“Maybe it was arrogant to stand on stage and say the things I said. I’m not sure I touched anyone,” Pratt said.
Actor Elliot Big Pratt called out on social media after he talked about religion on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, saying, “If you’re a famous actor and belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised” if someone simply wonders why you don’t. processed. Being anti-gay is wrong, there are no two sides. The damage it causes is severe. full stop. “
Pratt responded at the time with a somewhat vague statement that “It has been recently suggested that I belong to a church that ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘notoriously anti-gay’.” Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a man who believes that Everyone has the right to love whomever he wants without the rule of his fellow men.”
So why wait three years or more for a clear statement?
“I’m going to throw a church under the bus? If it’s like Westboro Baptist Church, that’s different,” Pratt said. Pratt confirmed to Men’s Health that he attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles. Zoe has remained relatively quiet about LGTBQ issues, but is said to have had ties to Hillsong, including the inclusion of Reverend Chad Fitch as a contributor on Hillsong’s website.
Pratt’s upcoming Prime Video series, Terminal List, premieres July 1, and reprises his role as Marvel’s Peter ‘Star-Lord’ Quill in Thor: Love and Thunder, which hits theaters July 8.
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