Earlier this month, actor Chris Pratt—the Star-Lord of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe—was a guest at one of Disneyland’s Christmas light vigil services. Along with reading from the book of Luke between Christmas songs (as is a tradition at the event), Pratt used the opportunity to talk about fatherhood, his own faith and the Christmas holiday.
It’s been a very special and inspiring night. For me, being a parent has really changed my life in so many ways. And one of those ways is to understand, truly, the love that a father could have for a child …
The way we love our children, the more we love our children, the more we will understand the capacity for our Father in heaven to love us. Each and every one of us a precious creation, and He just marvels in the ways that we can try to please Him. That should give us a great deal of comfort. I know it does for me.[/lborder]
It was a really sweet speech. However, a Christian news YouTube channel called “The Next News Network” took the opportunity to exploit a nice Christmas moment for outrage.
In a video titled “Hollywood AGHAST After Chris Pratt Opens The Bible At Disneyland” (which currently has nearly 400,000 views and more than 14,000 likes), they talked about how Pratt used another televised speech to preach to “godless MTV heathens” and how they “can’t help but feel like in Hollywood, it could come back to bite him one of these days.”
The only thing is, “Next” gives no examples of anyone being “aghast,” and their report directly contradicts Pratt’s own opinion about Hollywood’s relationship with his faith.
In a recent interview, he was directly asked if he feels like it is a “risk” to talk about faith in Hollywood.
He said, “I think that there’s this narrative that exists out there that Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religious, but it’s just not the case. They are kind of not anti-anything. They are kind of pro whatever is authentic to you. And I like that. Because it’s authentic for me to be pro-Christian, pro-Jesus. That’s my thing. I like it. And I’ve never had anyone try to shame me, to my face. Maybe they go say it behind my back. But if that’s the case, go ahead. You can say whatever you want about me—to my face or behind my back. I’m not going to change.”
“Next” is using someone’s faith to drum up outrage over something that doesn’t even exists, and if anything, that should cause us to be outraged.