The Deacon's Bench over at Beliefnet is reporting that best-selling author Anne Rice has "quit" Christianity. This comes, of course, after her well-publicized reversion to Catholicism a few years ago and her commitment to write only for Christ.
Rice reportedly made the announcement on Facebook:
I interviewed Rice for OSV at length last year about her return to Catholicism, her past career as the ultimate vampire novelist, and her decision to leave all that behind to write only things that would bring people to Christ. I was really impressed by her faith and her courage, so this announcement comes as a disappointment.
"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."
Here's a quote from my OSV interview with Rice about her "transition" from atheism to Catholicism:
"I think people are pretty accepting. One thing is that my writing of the last few years has brought me much closer to my fellow Catholics and to many, many non-Catholics too. I feel a communion with everybody that shares my values. When I was writing "The Vampire Chronicles," I was pretty much a loner. Certainly, there were a lot of people who shared my views then too, but we were all loners. That was our definition of ourselves. We were alienated. We weren't members of anything. Now I feel like I'm a member of something, and it's a very good feeling." (You can read that full interview HERE.)