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Actor Christ Pratt under fire for Christian beliefs

Actor Chris Pratt of “Guardians of the Galaxy” fame is under attack for his Christian faith. Pratt began trending alongside his fellow famous “Chrises”: Chris Pine, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth. One Twitter user started a now-viral poll encouraging people to ditch Pratt from the bunch.

Other social media users agreed with TV writer Amy Berg, saying Pratt needs to be canned because his alleged support of President Donald Trump disqualifies him. Another said Pratt’s supposed views “are terrible” and he “supports anti-LGBTQ activist churches,” an attack dating back to February 2019, when fellow celebrity Ellen Page rebuked Pratt for attending two popular Los Angeles megachurches, Zoe Church and Hillsong LA. Both churches hold to the mainstream, biblical belief that marriage is a holy union between one man and one woman, a perspective antithetical to secular society.

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Although Pratt never has spoken out directly on the matter (or on his political opinions, though it seems likely he’s more conservative than other A-listers), some have taken his largely apolitical demeanor as proof he’s a closeted conservative who “thinks it’s acceptable for a church to literally torture LGBT kids until they say they’re straight.”

When one Twitter user asked Rob Gill if his otherworldly and unsubstantiated claim was true, he simply replied: “Yes.” There is, of course, no evidence to back up Gill’s suggestion that Pratt supports “torture.” Pratt, for his part, defended his church in 2019.

“It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ,’” he wrote in an Instagram story at the time. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone. 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.”

As for politics, Pratt has remained largely silent on the issue. In 2017, he said he doesn’t “feel represented by either side,” referring to Democrats and Republicans. Last summer, he was seen wearing a T-shirt with the Gadsden flag, which features a snake and the phrase, “Don’t tread on me,” a popular symbol within the conservative and libertarian movements.

–Alan Goforth | Metro voice

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