Anne Rice: ‘Today I Quit Being A Christian’

Anne_RiceAnne Rice tells NPR why she has rejected organized religion:

On July 28, bestselling author Anne Rice officially left the Roman Catholic Church.

The writer has had a fairly tumultuous religious history. Although she was raised Catholic, Rice rejected the church for the first time when she was 18.

But in 1998, Rice — who’s famous mostly for writing steamy, gothic, decidedly un-Christian novels such as Interview with the Vampire — had a religious awakening. She converted to Catholicism and began to write exclusively Christian-themed novels, like Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.

In July, Rice decided she had had enough. She announced her decision on her Facebook page:

“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.”

But, the decision wasn’t an easy one.

“It was very painful,” Rice tells NPR’s Michele Norris. “But I’ve always been public about my beliefs, and I’ve always been public about wanting to make a difference.”…

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  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    If you've ever read her Vampire Chronicles, you would know she likes gays way more than she likes Jesus. Granted, she tried to combine them into Gay Jesus, but the Church could never allow that.

    • tonyviner

      Gay Jesus sounds fabulous.

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Gay vampire jesus sounds succulent….

  • fuzzgun

    Bad news for Christians, good news for gay vampires.

  • tonyviner

    Who gives a shit. Christians suck, whether or not they call themselves Christians or not.

    • Bigdickmegaherz

      Good job being understanding and actually reading the article asshole. Your a bigot.

      • tonyviner

        My a bigot? Vampires suck too. Get it?

  • Haystack

    It's too bad that while she was away being Christian Stephanie Meyer ate her lunch.

  • Synapse

    Woman with too much time on her hands and not enough publicity makes a stretch to emphasize something everyone already knew.

  • Hadrian999

    at least her announcement didn't include any stan rice poetry

  • dragonblogger

    @Haystack, pretty funny about the Stephanie Meyer bit, she is Mormon isn't she?

  • Ebdomeros

    ms. Rice, go back to school, one doen not “pluck” a sistrum, it's metal made and and u shake it. it's not an isidean fender. if u were a christian the way u do your research for your overblown books we dont want u with us. farewell.

  • http://www.leosigh.blogspot.com Leo Sigh

    She’s a frikkin nutjob. “I’m a Christian, I’m not a Christian, I’m a Christian”, she can’t make her mind up about anything. Plus, she’s a terrible person. (I had the misfortune of talking to her online once – yuk. Rudest woman alive. I’m an atheist, and we don’t want her!!

  • http://www.leosigh.blogspot.com Leo Sigh

    She's a frikkin nutjob. “I'm a Christian, I'm not a Christian, I'm a Christian”, she can't make her mind up about anything. Plus, she's a terrible person. (I had the misfortune of talking to her online once – yuk. Rudest woman alive. I'm an atheist, and we don't want her!!

    • Purplerainbow

      Your a GAYTHEIST!! WOW… at least your not a FAGNOSTIC!

  • http://www.myspace.com/crimsonedenmusic Raeven Irata

    The important thing is…she remains “committed to Christ”, who rejected organised religion.

  • http://www.myspace.com/crimsonedenmusic Raeven Irata

    The important thing is…she remains “committed to Christ”, who rejected organised religion.

  • Bigdickmegaherz

    Good job being understanding and actually reading the article asshole. Your a bigot.

  • Purplerainbow

    Your a GAYTHEIST!! WOW… at least your not a FAGNOSTIC!

  • tonyviner

    My a bigot? Vampires suck too. Get it?