- Ellen Page called out Hillsong Church for having “infamously anti-LGBTQ” values after Chris Pratt praised Zoe Church on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
- Pratt told Colbert his pastor at Zoe Church, a congregation with ties to Hillsong, inspired him to participate in a Bible-inspired fast.
- Hillsong, a Christian church that originated in Australia and opened in the US in 2010, is popular among A-list celebrities.
- But it also has an anti-LGBTQ history. Founder Brian Houston said in 2015 that he believed marriage is between a man and a woman.
Ellen Page called out Chris Pratt’s ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ” church after the actor spoke about his spirituality on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
Pratt is known to attend Zoe Church, a congregation with ties to Hillsong, a popular Christian church regularly attended by A-listers like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, the Jenners, and the Kardashians.
Pratt told Colbert on Thursday night that his pastor inspired him to participate in the Bible-Inspired Daniel Fast, which is “based on the fasting experiences of the Old Testament prophet,” according to its website.
“It’s kind of like our Lent, you know, give something up. So for 21 days I had no meat, no sugar, no alcohol, and it was actually amazing. It was really cool,” Pratt said of the fast.
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
Zoe Church’s pastor, Chad Veach, modelled his church after Hillsong, according to The New York Times, and has previously spoken at an Australian branch of the congregation.
Page tweeted a Hollywood Reporterarticle about Pratt’s appearance on Colbert’s show, and questioned why the church’s history wasn’t brought up.
“Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?” Page said.
Veach has not been vocal about his stance on social issues, but Hillsong has a history of participating in gay conversion therapy, which was detailed in a Daily Beast expose in 2016.
According to the expose, Hillsong pastors tried to “pray the gay away” and preached about overcoming gay demons.
Hillsong founder Brian Houston published a blog in 2015 saying that he believed marriage is between a man and a woman.
“Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid,” he said.
While many of Hillsong’s celebrity attendees have praised the church’s spirituality and faith, none have spoken out against its history of homophobia.
Hillsong was founded by Houston in Australia in 1983, and brought to the United States in 2010.
The church released a statement last year after “60 Minutes” aired a segment accusing Houston’s father of pedophilia.
“It should be emphasised that Pastor Brian is not a perpetrator of abuse, has never been accused of abuse, and took immediate action to expose and stop a child abuser,” the statement said.
INSIDER has reached out to Hillsong for comment.
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