Anne Rice Quits Christianity: Will she quit the Democratic Party too?

By: BettyJean Kling

She quit the church for Hypocrisy and unfairness and as she described it “this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous” will she also quit The Dems for the same reasons including purposefully contentious and untruthful and spreading false rumors ? They did so even in reporting her story and reasons why;  including pointing  to Michelle Bachmann directly as one of Anne Rice’s reasons.

On Wednesday, Rice wrote the following 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.”

The she followed this with:

“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.”

Explaining herself further, Rice’s latest offering on her Facebook page emphasizes that her faith remains as strong as ever, but that it is the affiliation with some of the religion’s followers that has prompted her to redefine herself:

“My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn’t understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me. But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become.”

Apparently, because of the religious right’s imposition of Christianity’s dogma, into our politics, Rice has made the break from her affiliations with Christianity and Catholicism:

Earlier this week on her public Facebook page, Rice had expressed her horror and revulsion at two different news stories that shared similar themes.

The first was the co-opting of the “Christian” imprimatur by the GOP-linked “Christian punk rock” band You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, (see actual sentence and extended comments below) who deride America for not being “moral enough” to make homosexuality a capital crime like it is in Iran. The second story was an exposé of a seven-year old boy who had been indoctrinated into Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church, whose sole great commission is virulent hatred.

Ms. Rice has had an on again off again relationship with Christianity

The author’s relationship with her faith hasn’t been a straightforward one. Raised as a Catholic, she rejected religion early on and became a committed atheist. In 1998, however, Rice returned to her beliefs. Her journey back to her faith was detailed in her 2008 memoir Called out of Darkness. After reaffirming her belief in God, Rice took the decision in 2002 to publicly dedicate her writing to Christ, saying that she would now only “write for the Lord”. This was also marked by a turn away from writing her supernatural novels, whereby she chose to instead write about the life of Jesus and other similar subjects. Her return to Catholicism, which alienated some of her fans, came with a few caveats though, one of which was that she would continue to support gay rights.

Anne Rice after having left organized religion returned to it and has now left again. She would do well to leave organized politics too! Ms. Rice, learned about the hypocrisy of Christianity and I applaud her decision as I agree it is the same with all organized religions. Indeed it is the same with any and every organized group. She now needs to quit organized political groups and become an Independent.

Forget the Dems and join the RIDs. Below is a Sentence from the Anne Rice story written in the Huffington Post by Michael Rowe Award-winning independent journalist, essayist, and author

The award winner in his story adds supported by Michelle Bachman, before the words ‘who believes that Gays should be executed’. After I read the sentence below, I was horrified as most less astute readers were probably led to believe, that Congressman Bachmann  and the GOP believes homosexuals should be executed. 

SO- I followed the link and found out a bit more of the whole story. I hope you do to. I am a BAC myself however, I had no idea, nor do most Christians that this band feels this way. BUT I can tell you, I have no desire to hear them or invite them anywhere now. I suspect they will be less invited since this interview and less supported as well. I urge you to contact you Congress and Senators and urge them to Ban this group from Future GOP venues and fund raiser events.

Now back to the Left and KOS and the award winning Michael Rowe. What does this sentence appear to say to you?

Earlier this week on her public Facebook page, Rice had expressed her horror and revulsion at two different news stories that shared similar themes.

The first was the co-opting of the “Christian” imprimatur by the GOP-linked “Christian punk rock” band You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, supported by Michele Bachmann, who believe that gays should be executed, and who deride America for not being “moral enough” to make homosexuality a capital crime like it is in Iran.

Anne Rice, is repulsed as am I by this rock group  and their view as it is reported here. I am repulsed by many far right Christian views against Gays  and the Westboro Church leaves me  without words. But to place every Christian, all the GOP and Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin and others in the same boat is morally equivlent to the racism and gay bashing. It’s morally reprehensible and Anne Rice should be outraged and speak out against this as well. She and her son and her cause are being used! Every gay person should be apalled by this gross injustice.

Frankly, Ms Bachmann is against Gay Marriage as are 70 % of all Americans, as are President Obama, and President Clinton and SOS Hillary Clinton. Just because she supported a Christian Band does not mean that she supports the execution of Gays nor that she knew they felt this way or would utter such words.

Further, I can’t image anyone in office, stupid enough to admit having such feelings if they had them. What I am saying is, this misuse of journalism is just as narrow minded and wrong as the dogma coming out of the church. Do unto others or it never stops.

Meanwhile best wishes to Anne Rice and her family as they move forward in a live and let live attitude and let’s have a bit of what we preach including the political agenda of the left to smear the right for what they are not guilty of.

Anne Rice has attempted to take back the absolute core of her spiritual beliefs, that being compassion, love and understanding and a personal relationship with the Divine, from the grabbing hands of those who continue to use religion as a weapon to deny others their rights and dignity. In that, Rice has given a voice to other like-minded believers who are tired of having their faith hijacked to support personal and political agendas.

5 Responses

  1. This is crazy how is Michelle Bachmann and the GOP responsible for this..Its time for Mrs Rice to wake up..The Democrats have used her to make a point.. This group said that about gays not the GOP or Michelle bachmann..My God wake up Mrs. Rice its time to blame your beloved Democrats..

  2. First of all, Ms. Rice doesn’t make sense. She says she’s leaving Christianity and yet she says she is still committed to Christ. Does she know the definition of being a Christian is? If she believe in Jesus, she IS a Christian.

    What that religious group did was awful!! Why Daily KOS had to blame Michele Bachman for what THEY did is really a mystery to me. All I can think of is that the left hate VOCAL Conservative women like Sarah Palin, Michele and add to that Gov. Jan Brewer.

    Ms. Rice should leave the Democratic Party not Christianity.

    • I agree Anna, If you believe in Christ you are a Christian. What she quit was organized religion . So did I but I am still a Chrisatian. Its the Churches and the people who run them and the dogma and crap they preach that ruins it which was the point of my piece.
      And now I am waiting for her to point her finger at the party who just used her!

  3. I lived in Topeka for a time and can tell you first hand that these people (Westboro Baptist Church) are an embarassment to everyone of any religion that lives there.

    What would Ms. Rice have us do ? Shoot them?
    How did we ever get to the point where we find the mosy obnoxious member of any particular group and judge the whole group? Does Ms. Rice reject Obama because of his spending 20 years actually attending REARend Wright’s Church?

    Did Ms. Rice ever atone for the harm she may have caused to a generation of young people who read the books she authored while she was in a place of darkness? Do you think perhaps we can soon expect her to return to that (possibly) more profitable genre?

    By the way I’ve never read anything she wrote…

  4. […] Anne Rice leaves her church over a Christian Rock group who believes gays should be executed. Anne Rice Quits Christianity: Will she quit the Democratic Party too? […]

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