Chris Pratt clears the air about attending anti LGBTQ+ church

By George Johnson June 29, 2022
Chris Pratt was accused of being part of Hillsong, a church notorious for its anti-LGBTQ+ values 

Chris Pratt has given clarification regarding the church he goes to after he was accused of being part of an anti LGBTQ+ church.

Speaking to Men’s Health, the Jurassic World: Dominion star became synonymous to Christianity in Hollywood, often being seen as part of the evangelical movement.

With his 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards acceptance speech preaching, "God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that; I do," he admits that he many have been too evangelical for some.

"Maybe it was hubris for me to stand up on the stage and say the things that I said. I’m not sure I touched anybody," he told Men's Health.

It didn’t end there as he went on The Late Show and spoke about his faith after which Elliot Page tweeted: "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."

Pratt responded on Instagram at the time, "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. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone." The Guardians of the Galaxy actor said.

So answering the question of where he goes to church, Pratt shared that he attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles however, he commented that he was not as religious as the public perceived him.

"Religion has been oppressive as [expletive] for a long time," Pratt said. 

"I didn’t know that I would kind of become the face of religion when really I’m not a religious person. I think there’s a distinction between being religious — adhering to the customs created by man, oftentimes appropriating the awe reserved for who I believe 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 it is. The evil that’s in the heart of every single man has glommed onto the back of religion and come along for the ride."