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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Author Anne Rice spoke with CNN's Don Lemon about her very public departure from Christianity.
Said Rice when asked if her decision was perhaps influenced because her son Christopher is gay:
"No. But certainly gay rights have mattered to me all my professional life. I've always been for complete equal rights for gay people. I felt that way before Christopher was even born."
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Anne Rice announced on Facebook yesterday that she's quitting Christianity as a matter of conscience.
Wrote the author:
"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."
She followed that up with another message:
"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."
Novelist Anne Rice, who returned to her Roman Catholic roots in '96 after years as an atheist, and is working on a trilogy of novels about the life of Jesus Christ (the first, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt has been published, the second comes this March), posted this video to YouTube endorsing a Clinton/Obama ticket.
David Kuo of the Huffington Post writes: "This video isn't just the video of a famed female novelist exulting in Sen. Clinton's win. It is also the voice of a woman from a generation that grew up in a world where people sneered at the thought of a female president. It is the voice of a woman like all those women who turned out in New Hampshire to vote for Sen. Clinton."
Here's a little factoid, for some of you newer readers. Anne Rice once left a comment on Towleroad, back in 2004 on the 4th of July, when her son, the novelist Christopher, was filling in for me while I was taking a week off over the summer. You can read it here.