So the story of Ellen Page demanding that Chris Pratt explain why he goes to an “infamously anti-LGBT” church carries on, with @PrattPrattPratt (IKR?) responding with a picture of a sheep, and a random comparison to divorce. Possibly cos he just had one and possibly cos his parents-in-law-to-be have had a few issues with the topic. And that’s it’s wildly hypocritical that he’s moved in with his fiance but that it’s not OK to be gay at church. Not really. Well, not when it matters.
Why these two and why now, I’m not sure, because it’s obvious Hillsong is the House of Homophobia. I guess no one pressed the Biebs, because we were all just grateful he was keeping his clothes on, kind of, and not abandoning monkeys. Nobody questions Kourtney Kardashian’s attendance because she’s going there for the right reasons. To take her toy boys somewhere wholesome-looking, and to get some attention away from Khloe’s new face.
But this lady wants answers. And Chris Pratt has got them.
Nothing could be further from the truth, “ he wrote on Instagram, “I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone,”.
That in itself is a tad disturbing, given that Global Senior Pastor (IKR?) Brian Houston said that he felt his serial child sex offending father Frank was a closeted gay man , “who took out his frustrations on children.” So Global Brian doesn’t get it. Still.
Except he thinks he does. In the unmissable piece “Do I Love Gay People?” , curiously titled since historically the place was about “God”’s opinion, GB explains that he recently found out that the Pink Dollar works just as well as the Straight one! No other churches want it, so Hillsong may as well take it all.
No, he doesn’t. What he says is that he realises that people in the LGBT community have been damaged and traumatised by previous experiences with religion, and that they make perfect prey for a place that claims to “welcome everyone” by being so nice.
I got that wrong again. You have to read the whole thing, right up to the part where Brian and his wife Bobbie are trapped in an elevator with a Muslim woman and they don’t even flinch. If you could bottle bigotry of the worst kind, it’s in this piece.
If you have any doubt about the homophobia in Hiillsong after reading it, please, message me.
Everyone is welcome at Hillsong church except for known predators, those who are disruptive, or those who have adversarial agendas.
Of course. Gotta look out for those people with agendas. Someone has to tell Mr Pratt that by “everyone’s welcome” they don’t mean, like, EVERYONE. And with those criteria, it’s surprising there’s anyone left in leadership at all.
The writings of the apostle Paul in scripture on the subject of homosexuality are also clear, as I have mentioned in previous public statements.
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.
So if you are gay, are you welcome at Hillsong Church? Of course! You are welcome to attend, worship
with us, and participate as a congregation member with the assurance that you are personally included and accepted within our community. But (this is where it gets vexing), can you take an active leadership role? No.
Lifestyle. Please, can we leave 1985?
Let’s get this really clear. This is not vexing. This is apartheid. This is second-class citizen status for the LGBT community and individuals that attend Hillsong. This is called exploitation, thieving and deceiving
Hillsong is a show. It’s a one-way event. Some people find that and call it “God” and that’s their choice. But when one group of people is treated differently, it’s called discrimination. Of course, the LGBT market is right in their sights. They want the Greatest Show on Earth. And who better to help make them the most theatrical Christians off-Broadway? The talented and creative members of the gay community who have all that enthusiasm and trauma. Ripe from religious background where they’ve been told they’re bad for something beyond their control, Hillsong offers a false family and a permanent place in limbo. It is, essentially, a grooming process, where certain people must accept that they will never be good enough. And the only pattern that follows is one open to further abuse.
There’s nothing gay going on at Hillsong at all, apart from pretending you don’t know that the choir leaders are gay and engaged, since they’re doing such a great job.
There’s plenty of information on how anti-LGBT Hillsong is. That’s not the issue. It’s the welcoming, I-have-gay-friends pretense that is dangerous. Because the army is “welcoming” too, otherwise no one would sign up there, either. But just you drop and give ‘em 19, or stop saying “Sir!Yes Sir!” and see how welcoming they are.
And this is how Hillsong damages people beyond psychiatric repair. Direct abuse means your guard is up. When you’re being hugged and loved by people who only just stopped referring people for de-gaying, and who have explicitly stated that you’ll never be one of them, it’s a confusion all of its own.
Being welcomed as a second-class citizen has eternal effects. Hillsong doesn’t ‘hate’ LGBT people. That would be too obvious. Hated people don’t do what they’re told. Ellen Page has a lot more questions to ask.