"Vampire" Novelist's Announcement Draws Support, Criti cism
- "Vampire" Novelist's Announcement Draws Support, Criticism
by Kilian Melloy
Monday Aug 2, 2010
Novelist Anne Rice-whose novels about the supernatural include the famed
Vampire Chronicles, which reportedly translates a gay demimonde into a
fictional world of immortal beings sustained by blood-announced that she was
leaving Christianity in a July 29 posting at Facebook.
Rice, who remains a devout believer, said in her announcement that she did
not wish to continue to be part of a faith that is "quarrelsome, hostile,
disputatious, and deservedly infamous," and cited the anti-gay stance of
many evangelical and fundamentalist Christians among her list of reasons why
she felt the need to renounce the faith.
At the same time, Rice made it clear that she was not renouncing God-only
those who strike out at others in God's name. "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," Rice wrote. However, Rice continued, "In the name of Christ, I refuse
to be anti-gay." Added Rice, "I remain committed to Christ as always but not
to being 'Christian' or to being part of Christianity."
Rice is the mother of openly gay activist and writer Christopher Rice, noted
Catholic News Agency in an August 2 article.
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