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Anne Rice: 'Happy Easter, Gay People of the World'


Anne Rice's Easter Facebook message: "Happy Easter, Gay People of the World: you have indeed risen in the last few decades from centuries of persecution and oppression. May this be a great holiday for you all wherever you are. You are winning the battle for equal rights. And your victory over discrimination and hate is a victory for all oppressed persons. Happy Easter!"

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  1. I know she means well. But this gay person doesn't need to be told HAPPY EASTER. Christian people and Christian religions have been among the chief persecutors of gay people. Religion itself is the problem. She can take her Catholic Easter and shove it.

    Posted by: Robert | Apr 9, 2012 10:44:49 AM

  2. Easter is not Catholic, idiot. It's the resurrection of their main religioug figure, Christ. It goes for all branches of Christian religion.

    Also, once you remove religion, people will not become kinder or more enlightened. People USE religion for nefarious ends, not the other way around. People will just replace religion with "tradition", "common sense", and "natural law" once religion is gone. The removal of religion won't stop a species descending from primates to stop being dochebags to each other.

    Posted by: Lucrece | Apr 9, 2012 11:06:40 AM

  3. Anne Rice isn't Catholic. She very publicly left the Catholic church several years ago, saying she "rejects" Christianity because of the way the church treats people, including gay people. She has been very outspoken about gay rights, even before her son came out as gay. Seriously man... Sometimes we need to realize when people are our ALLIES and not treat them like enemies.

    Posted by: JC | Apr 9, 2012 11:07:04 AM

  4. I love her so much.

    Posted by: DAVID | Apr 9, 2012 11:11:52 AM

  5. @Lucrece:

    thank you. Couldn't have put it better myself. As many of the capital A atheists prove, throwing off one yoke doesn't make you a better person unless you change who you are. Otherwise you're just changing where you point your finger and who you disparage.

    Posted by: Arrant | Apr 9, 2012 11:12:30 AM

  6. This comment from an agnostic/atheist: While much of what the Catholic hierarchy does is reprehensible, you should know that there are tens of thousands of lay catholics, nuns, priests and brothers who work every day to bring food, clothing,shelter and solice to the needy in the name of jesus. Catholic charities, which collects tens of millions of dollars from the believers in the pews, is the second largest provider of social services to the needy behind the federal government. Sweeping condemnations serve no purpose.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 9, 2012 11:15:45 AM

  7. I have negative feelings about the church but love this message from Anne Rice. It's a small gesture that - for me - takes away some of the religious poison/right wing rhetoric that we've had to ingest over the years... Thanks Anne!

    Posted by: mike128 | Apr 9, 2012 11:25:14 AM

  8. Meh. Easter was first a pagan holiday before the christians adopted it. It's named after the Germanic goddess, Eostre.

    Posted by: Winston | Apr 9, 2012 1:39:02 PM

  9. Anne Rice is a Catholic, then Anne Rice isn't a Catholic, then Anne Rice is a Catholic, then Anne Rice isn't a Catholic. Who cares?

    Posted by: jack | Apr 9, 2012 2:39:46 PM

  10. I personally have no problem with being wished Happy Easter; I'm not religious, but the holiday's pretty much so far removed from any religion by now that I don't see it as a bad thing.

    Posted by: Yuki | Apr 9, 2012 3:10:58 PM

  11. Thank you Anne Rice! What's better than a fallen Catholic? Nothing is better than that!

    Easter is pagan. Rites of Spring. Fertility symbols galore: chicks, rabbits, eggs. Could it BE more obvious?

    The Catholics in particular and now Christians in general have tried to usurp all the fun pagan traditions, but they are failing at that. Why they even tried to sell crosses made of dark chocolate in Walmart! How DARE they? Stick to the bunnies and rabbits and marshmellow peeps and send a message.

    Posted by: thinking about it | Apr 9, 2012 4:29:46 PM

  12. Usurp all the fun Pagan traditions? Most main 'Christian' [and of course Catholic] holidays are directly related in some way with a Pagan celebration. Traditional Pagan celebrations and Christian celebrations are intertwined. Also, have you ever heard of 'cults' like Santeria? They're a mix of Catholicism and West African Voodoo.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 9, 2012 6:32:24 PM

  13. Yes, usurp. Paganism goes back thousands of years before-you-know-who. Most Xian cultural expression comes centuries after you-know-who. Much of it is Victorian.

    The whole "Holy Land" experience of today's tourist is 18th, early 19th century inspired.

    All of which is waiting to take its place in an appendix to Bulfinch's Mythology. From Mount Olympus to the Sermon on the Mount, it has been a long journey.

    Posted by: thinking about it | Apr 10, 2012 7:25:49 AM

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