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Ellen Page Calls Out Chris Pratt's Affiliation With Anti-LGBTQ Church

Ellen Page and Chris Pratt

Pratt appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where he waxed on about his church while failing to acknowledge its hostility toward LGBTQ people. 

Appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to promote his role in the new Lego Movie, actor Chris Pratt brought up his church and spirituality a few times, waxing on about the wisdom he's gained from his faith. That's when actress and activist Ellen Page, who just last week railed against the Trump administration and Mike Pence on Colbert's show, called Pratt out on Twitter for his affiliation with the anti-LGBTQ church Hillsong.

During his 10-minute interview, Pratt spoke about the 21-day "fast" he'd just come off of that is named for the prophet Daniel and requires giving up meat, sugar, and leavened bread. He explained that he learned about the program, which is essentially a healthy vegan diet, via his church.

"If you haven't read the Book of Daniel, go check it out. It's pretty cool," he added.

Later, he praised a quote he heard in church that urges people to maintain a brighter light from within than from without.

"There's this great quote that I actually heard in church. And it felt really appropriate," Pratt said. "If the spotlight that is shining on you is brighter than the light that comes from within you, it'll kill you."

"You have to have a light to share. You have to have a light that's just as bright as these lights," Pratt added pointing to the overhead lights in Colbert's studio.

Page checked him for praising the knowledge he gained from his church while failing to mention its stance on LGBTQ people. Hillsong's global pastor Brian Houston released a contradictory statement about homosexuality in 2015. Houston claimed to love LGBTQ people while reiterating that he would not "affirm all lifestyles" and that queer people were welcome at the church but not welcome in leadership positions.

"I do believe God's word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. The writings of the apostle Paul in scripture on the subject of homosexuality are also clear, as I have mentioned in previous public statements," Houston wrote.

The pastor then presumed to know how Jesus would have dealt with issues around marriage equality.

"I care about people, and yes, I do have gay friends. Jesus had many friends that angered the religious and brought him condemnation from many. He endorsed a humble sinner and condemned a self-righteous Pharisee," Houston wrote. "He would be the same if His time on earth as a man was in our generation, confronted with the social issues we face and are forced to address today."

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