You might be thinking, “Err, exactly which anti-LGBTQ church are you talking about?” Today, we’re talking about Hillsong, that “alleged” money-making cult ran by the Hobby Lobby Terry Richardson, Pastor Carl Lentz. Justin Bieber was the Jesus of Hillsong before moving on to some other hipster church called The City Church. Hillsong is not a normal church, it’s a cool church, and it may dress itself up like a skinny jeans-wearing liberal hipster who marches in Pride Parades and holds up a Planned Parenthood sign at the Women’s March, but it’s against abortion and doesn’t exactly embrace gays. Chris Pratt is a member of Hillsong, and yesterday, Ellen Page called him out for it.
Chris was on The Late Show, and Stephen Colbert brought up how he recently did a 21-day cleanse based on the Bible and that led to him spitting out some stuff about church. If you want to fall asleep like a 6-year-old me during Catholic mass before my abuelita slapped me awake with her program, jump to the 3:45 mark.
The Hollywood Reporter tweeted about that moment, which made Ellen Page wonder when is he going to talk about how his Scientology-But-With-Jesus ass church is anti-LGBTQ.
Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too? https://t.co/meg8m69FeF
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 8, 2019
Yeah, I’m not sure Stephen Colbert, who is Catholic, would bring that up during a fluffy talk show appearance…. unless he challenged Chris to a game of Whose Church Hates Gays More!
If you need a little reading material on Hillsong’s anti-LGBTQ ways, there’s this, this, this, this, and this. And in 2015 when there was a rumor that a gay couple was directing the choir at Hillsong’s NYC location, they burped this out:
I wish to correct reports that Hillsong church has “an openly gay couple directing a choir” at our New York City campus. Hillsong’s position on homosexuality and gay marriage has not changed and is consistent with Scripture. As I have stated previously, I believe the writings of Paul are clear on this subject. Several months ago when one of our choir directors made an unexpected public statement regarding his engagement to a man who sometimes sang in the choir, it was a complete surprise to us as well. It is my understanding that they have not been involved in an active leadership or ministry role since. That said, we still love them and acknowledge that they – like all of us – are on a journey, and our role as a church is to assist them on this journey with grace and compassion.
Chris Pratt hasn’t responded to Ellen Page, and I’m sure he won’t. But if you asked him about it, he’d probably say that he loves all people, straight, gay, black, brown, white, purple, green, and he’ll gladly you lead you on a journey, which will include a stop at a movie theater to buy tickets to his new movie Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (OUT NOW!).