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Chris Pratt Has Responded After Ellen Page Criticised Him For Supporting An "Anti LGBTQ" Church

"Nothing could be further from the truth."

If you've been anywhere near the internet in the last week, you'll already know that Ellen Page has been making headlines recently for calling out hate and homophobia.

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Appearing on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show, Ellen made an impassioned speech about leaders who "promote hatred and intolerance". The video, which has been watched more than 15 million times, has since gone viral, with almost 90,000 retweets.

.@EllenPage is fed up with leaders who promote hatred and intolerance. #LSSC

And she didn't stop there. Not long after her interview, Chris Pratt appeared on the same show to talk about his spirituality. However, Ellen clearly wasn't impressed, tweeting about his church being "infamously anti LGBTQ".

Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too? https://t.co/meg8m69FeF

Chris belongs to Zoe Church, which is modelled after Hillsong, according to its founder.

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Hillsong states that homosexuality is a sin and does not allow gay members to hold leadership roles. In a statement referring to the gay couple that was not allowed to participate in leadership choir roles, the church 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 has also attended services at Hillsong in the past, and Zoe Church is considered "part of the Hillsong family."

Ellen later continued, seemingly still addressing Chris.

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

When somebody tried to defend Chris, calling Ellen's approach "a threat to religious freedom", she clapped back about how damaging conversion therapy and anti LGBTQ rhetoric can be.

@biggieslim9 No it isn’t Conversion therapy and anti lgbtq rhetoric is extremely damaging Children kill themselves People suffer Maybe listen to those who are sharing they are in pain Maybe truly just try and listen

In the past, Hillsong has been accused of referring its members to conversion therapy, although it has since distanced itself from such practices. Conversion therapy has been widely discredited by psychologists.

Well, it seems that the conversation has now reached the ears of Chris, who took to Instagram to defend himself and his church. Addressing Ellen's claims, he said that "nothing could be further from the truth", adding that the church "open their doors to absolutely everyone".

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He went on to talk about his experiences with the church, using his own divorce from Anna Faris as a reference.

Despite what the Bible says about divorce my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk. They helped me tremendously offering love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender.

Chris also made sure to state that his church doesn't define him, saying: "I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man."

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"Hate has no place in my or this world," he finished.

However, his response has been criticised by people who said it was the perfect example of "straight male privilege".

comparing the treatment of lgbtq people in the church to him getting a divorce is straight male privilege at its finest https://t.co/B4FgL7pUbm

Chris Pratt's non reply to Ellen Page's comments reeks of privilege.The "I've only seen them be welcoming"remark dismisses what ppl from the lgbtq community deal with.Excerpts from an interview w/his pastor last year & what the HRC says about pentecostals:

Who's gonna tell Chris Pratt Jesus said more about divorce than being gay?

BuzzFeed has reached out to reps of both Ellen and Chris, as well as Zoe Church, for comment.

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