Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Anne Rice & Christianity

Today, on Facebook, Anne Rice made two very provocative posts. I will now reprint each of the two posts in their entirety:

First post by Anne Rice: "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."
Second post by Anne Rice: "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."

 Taken together, these posts represent a growing sentiment that Anne Rice has been expressing over the past few weeks, and I, for one, applaud her conclusion. I see it as the culmination of her frustrations, an awakening to a more tolerant & inclusive spirituality.

I have never understood those who use religion to be intolerant and insensitive, and Anne Rice has succinctly expressed reservations that I myself have held for years. I have often found that those who most readily proclaim their faith(s) are also often the least pleasant, most thin-skinned people I have ever met.

I do not say this to attack all of the faithful. I have also met practicing faithful whose generosity and empathy are nothing less than heroic. But these heroes are few and are vastly outnumbered by the dangerous.

Let's see how much understanding and empathy Anne Rice's declarations now stir up.

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