Over the weekend, actors from the Avengers movie series took part in a virtual fundraiser for Joe Biden, with one notable exception.
Actor Chris Pratt, a devout Christian, was not part of the event, and immediately the Cancel Culture came after him.
Actor Chris Pratt was slammed for not participating in a virtual campaign event for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with fellow Marvel stars.
Avengers stars such as Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, and Zoe Saldana took part in the “Voters Assemble!” fundraiser Tuesday, but Pratt, who plays Star-Lord in the Marvel Universe, was not present.
Twitter erupted over Pratt's lack of political endorsements, prompting thousands to respond to a post showing four different actors named “Chris,” with the caption, “One has to go.”
“What a world… The ‘sinless’ are casting stones at my brother, Chris Pratt… A real Christian who lives by principle, has never demonstrated anything but positivity and gratitude,” Downey wrote on Instagram. “AND he just married into a family [the Kennedys] that makes space for civil discourse and (just plain fact) INSISTS on service as the highest."
This is not the first time that the star has been criticized for his religious beliefs, as Deseret.Com points out:
Pratt himself has been quiet on the matter. His most recent social media posts include an Instagram video of him practicing putting in what appears to be his house and solving a Rubik’s Cube in under a minute.
He has been more open about his Christian faith, leading his Instagram bio with Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me”) and saying on Twitter, “I love my family, friends, jokes, Jesus, movies, stories, outdoors, golf.”
He previously weathered criticism over his divorce to Anna Faris and over accusations that the church he attends is against gay and trans people, which he has denied. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone,” he wrote last year on Instagram.
Pratt reportedly attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles and has said he’s been a committed Christian since he was introduced to Jesus Christ by a stranger when he was a teen."
And more on the story from The Daily Wire:
On Saturday evening, a TV writer named Amy Berg decided to play a little game, showing a quadrant on Twitter with four pictures of famous actors: Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Chris Pine, captioning it, “One has to go.”
That precipitated an avalanche of leftists to attack Pratt for his views, which are openly religious, causing his name to trend on Twitter:
So. You just found out that chris pratt supports an openly h*mophobic church? pic.twitter.com/fLpiVC5ioF
— bryce🎃 (@chocometal) October 19, 2020
Pratt is open about his Christian faith but has not been overtly political in his public statements. Pratt told Men’s Fitness in 2017, “I don’t feel represented by either side. I really feel there’s common ground out there that’s missed because we focus on the things that separate us.” He was also photographed wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Gadsden flag, which was popular with many conservative groups.
The current attacks on Pratt for his conservative leanings are certainly not the first. Actress Ellen Page attacked Pratt in February 2019, tweeting that Pratt’s church was “infamously LBGTQ.” Pratt responded on Instagram, “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti –LGBTQ.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
Pratt later pointed out after his divorce from his ex-wife Anna Faris, his church was not judgmental, writing:
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.
“My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life and I am not spokesman for any church or any group of people,” Pratt continued. “My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.” He concluded, “Jesus said, ‘I give you a new command, love one another.’ This is what guides me in my life. He is a God of Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness. Hate has no place in my or this world.”
Pratt has proven to be willing to take other unpopular stances, including offering tolerance in an increasingly intolerant era. In July 2018, after “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn was fired by Disney after some of his old tweets joking about pedophilia came to light, Pratt wrote, “Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3.”
Now let's be clear, it doesn't appear that Chris Pratt has overtly endoresed anybody for President.
His failure to fall in line is what has sparked this backlash.
And today being a man of faith is equivalent to blasphemy in the unholy church of Hollywood.