Author Anne Rice announced yesterday that she’s quit Christianity. However, she said she is still “committed to Christ.”
Anne Rice said 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.”
Anne Rice declared her conversion to Christianity ten years ago. Previously, Rice had been an atheist after being raised a Roman Catholic. Rice has long advocated left-wing politics, especially in the area of gay rights.
Anne Rice’s announcement continued, “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.”
Anne Rice’s choice to leave Christianity was announced after a flurry of posts discussing the Westboro Baptist Church and wondering aloud, “When does a word (Christian) become unusable? When does it become so burdened with history and horror that it cannot be evoked without destructive controversy?”
It could be argued that Anne Rice is still a Christian because of her devotion to Jesus Christ. She, however, has rejected the label. Right-wing Christians controlling the dialogue held by Christians in the public square seems to have pushed Anne Rice out of the organized religion fold. Rice’s awareness of Christian history also informed her decision.
Should Anne Rice seek Christian churches that embrace her politics? Or is she indeed better off forging her own path? It’s a delicate question.