Anne Rice, famous for her novels about vampires, underwent a spiritual conversion and returned to her Roman Catholic faith over ten years ago, as she described in her recent book Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession. She wrote a novel called Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt about the young Jesus from his own point of view, and it was quite well received by many.
On her Facebook page, however, Anne Rice has just announced that she’s quitting being a Christian, although not giving up her belief in Christ. (H/t FT) Some of her reasons:
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.
As for myself, I’d just like to announce that I’ve quite Facebook. It was some months ago, actually, even before the recent privacy brouhahas. Why? Well, I have this website, you see, and also another one, and also a Twitter account, and updating Facebook in addition to all these things just seems stupid. And I’ve never cottoned to the whole social networking thing. (Even in real life, I suppose.)
Either I’m too callous or too sensitive, depending on on how you want to look at it, but the whole thing just honestly repels me. I don’t want to see what everybody else is doing and tell them if I “like” it or not, and have others do the same with regard to my activities. I don’t give a good god damn.
Whew. Glad that’s off my chest. Thanks, Anne.
Addendum: Some slightly more serious and worthy thoughts on the Anne Rice situation are from Mary at BabyBlueOnline.