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Anne Rice renounces Christianity on Facebook

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Anne Rice - novelist - quits Chrisitianity

Anne Rice, queen of the '90s vampire craze, announced on Facebook that she's quitting Christianity. Rice, the author of books featuring things like an adult woman trapped in the body of a five-year-old vampire girl who kills people for fun, used the social networking platform to express her qualms with the religion thusly:

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.

That snippet was from her first relatively lengthy (I had to click "See More") post to her Facebook fan page yesterday. But like any writer, she had more to say, so she followed that up with:

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.

This caught people's attention for a few reasons. For one, Rice made headlines in 2004 when a near-death experience prompted her to become a devout Roman Catholic, one that would "only write for the Lord." So that's something. There's also the fact that the bestselling author, who presumably has access to countless media outlets, chose to make her announcement via Facebook — her 2004 announcement was in a Newsweek article. Thirdly, my personal eyebrows were raised because I simply forgot that people listed things other than "yogurt" or "Betsey Johnson" on the religious views section of their Facebook pages.