Best selling novelist, Anne Rice, announced on her Facebook page last week that she was quitting Christianity.
“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.”
and in a follow up post:
“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.”
The response has been overwhelming…newspaper articles, television interviews, blog posts, podcasts – and has spawned many conversations.
Here are THREE THINGS that I think are worth checking out:
#1 SOME OF US DON’T WANT TO BE THROWN DOWN THE STAIRS BY THE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST.
#2 THE VERY LAST STRAW, WAS THE BISHOP OF PHOENIX, ARIZ. COMING OUT AND PUBLICLY CONDEMNING A NUN FOR AUTHORIZING A LIFE SAVING ABORTION
Mitchell Landsberg of the Los Angeles Times has an excellent written interview with Rice. Anne shares some of the things that gave her the final push. Although she says that her decision resulted from a sum total of many things, she does state that some papal announcements were last straws.
#3 Dan Harris’ interview with Anne Rice today on “World News” at 6:30 p.m. and the full story on “Nightline” at 11:35 p.m. ET
Dan Harris’ interview and the Nightline coverage will both be aired this evening (Wed. 8/11/10). Anne mentioned it on her Facebook page and stated that it was her last scheduled tv interview pertaining to her break with organized religion and invited comments and discussion.