Anne Rice, author of the a series of best-selling vampire novels and, most recently, fictional accounts of the life of Christ, has taken to Facebook to announce she is no longer a Christian:
For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to “belong” to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten …years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.
Later she wrote:
As I said below, I quit being a Christian. I’m out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of …Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen. (Source)
When I reviewed her autobiography which I quite enjoyed I marked out the points where she was still not inline with the Church. Looks like she choose to not reconcile herself with the Church, but to just reconcile herself to herself. Though I hope she tells us what group she joins that is not “quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious”. That perfect form of believing in Christ where you don’t have to do any conversion to Christ.
I do find it rather ironic for her list of “antis-“, yet being anti-Christianity. I guess when you anti up, you pick what you prefer.
“I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist.” Well so do I. Though really it is the supporter of modern feminists that are anti-feminist and have little in common with the feminist reformers. Modern feminism has done nothing towards respecting femininity, but instead have tried to shoe-horn women to act as men. Modern feminism has kowtowed to allowing women to be seen as a piece of meat for sexual gratification in return for pottage. I also refuse to being anti-gay in that I do not pretend that those suffering with same-sex attraction do not have a cross to bear. Those that support and encourage homosexual acts only damage the human person. Previously she defended her position on homosexuality largely in part because her son has same-sex attraction. Though somebody that defended alcoholism for the same reason would be laughed at. So many people fail to see that you can believe that homosexual acts are intrinsically evil while at the same time believing that those with some level of same-sex attraction are your brother.
Being committed to Christ while being against his Church is like loving your wife, but hating being around her. It is because of the Church that we even know Christ. The Body of Christ is so evident throughout scripture and you have to be a Protestant to ignore where the Church is mentioned in the New Testament. As St. Paul said: “I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.”
I do pray that Anne Rice comes back to the Church and that this time she has a fuller conversion that leaves behind the modern secular baggage destructive to the faith. Maybe she just had a bad day and there is not a one of us who does not struggle, but it is my faith and grace given me that keeps my struggles from becoming defeats.