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July 30th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Anne Rice leaves Christianity

Legendary author Anne Rice has announced that she’s quitting Christianity.

The “Interview with a Vampire” author, who wrote a book about her spirituality titled "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession" in 2008, said Wednesday that she refuses to be “anti-gay,” “anti-feminist," “anti-science” and “anti-Democrat.”

Rice wrote, “For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian ... 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.”

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  1. Jess

    I correct myself, I meant Enrico Fermi, not Enrcio Fermi. Lol

    July 30, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  2. Jess

    Okay, does anyone else find it funny that she says she still follows Christ but is done with christians and Christianity? Being a follower of Christ, regardless of denomination, would make her a Christian and a member of Christianity. I think she would have done better to say she's done with Catholicism, again. Which, considering her outrageous statements(anti-science, anti-Democrat? Come on, while the Church may not have had a perfect relationship with science, many of her followers contributed to science. Enrcio Fermi, Louis Pasteur, Gregor Mendel are just a few that come to mind.) makes me wonder why she ever reverted back to Catholicism and didn't just stay a non-denominational Christian.

    July 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
    • DevK

      C'mon it's obvious. Each Sunday Catholics eat the body and drink the blood of Christ during Communion. What self-respecting vampire author could pass that up? Wish I saw your post before I posted mine though.

      July 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  3. ray bouraad

    What a loser. Jesus did not descriminate, People do.
    She looks like a devil worshipper anyway. Good riddance.

    July 30, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
    • Pennywise

      How very Christian of you...

      July 30, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  4. David

    Did anyone read the books that Anne Rice wrote under the pen name "A.N. Roquelaure? The titles/dates were; The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty" (1983), "Beauty's Punishment" (1984) and "Beauty's Release" (1985). I am a non-christian and very open minded person, and I was blown away by how graphic and sadomasochistic this writing is. I reccommend that all you christians read all three books (or at least the "punishment" one, it's a doozy), and then take a vote to see if you want her back. Too funny.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  5. Chrisie

    Anne left religion but I hope not the relationship with Jesus.
    Maybe Anne never had a relationship with Jesus if she did Anne would know Jesus was not anti gay, anti- feminist or anti science.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  6. Katan

    There is plenty of "anti" among Christians, as well as non-Christians. I'm a United Church of Christ minister. As a denomination, we stand for human rights and equality, period. We're open and affirming to GLBTQ folk; we have many women clergy; we think that science and religion can and should be part of intelligent dialogue; and we believe that politics should support the common good. That doesn't mean all of our pastors or parishioners feel the same way. Of course, there is a lot of wisdom beyond Christianity, for those who are open to it too. I loved Rice's pre-conversion writing, hated the confession stuff, and fervently hope (and pray?) to meet Lestat again soon.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
    • jesse

      It's amazing that supposedly "ministers" of the gospel don't believe in the teachings of the Book. Read the Book of Jude and you will see a description of pastors, bishops, leaders of "social organizations" such as the UCC, The United Methodists, Presbyterian USA, Episcopal, and ultra-liberal LEADERS of these denominationsTheirs is a social gospel of works that bypass and dismiss the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Hebrews 4:3,4 further describes these leaders and teachers.

      August 21, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  7. Satan

    Oh, yea of little faith, come to the churches of my world...it is there that the best work against God's Holy Kingdom is done.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
    • Pennywise

      What you have said is interesting to me. I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

      July 30, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
    • Satan

      Those smug and satisfied wealthy few are the true authors of my newsletter. I am well served by the fourth estate. You need merely read the daily news to be enlightened in the ways of evil and destruction.

      July 31, 2010 at 2:19 am |
  8. Reality

    Unfortunately, Anne R. is still brainwashed in the myths of Christianity i.e. the resurrection, the messiah/savior "mj", and atonement theology. But at least it is a start.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  9. Emcee Lexicon

    Religion is as much a fairy tale as Anne's books... Glad to see she has finally left the dark side...

    July 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  10. Dana

    The vampire lady apparently wasn't much of a Christian to begin with, then, since it's fairly obvious by her statement that she has no idea what being a Christian actually means. Being Christian is a matter of faith, not dogma. You DON'T have to be "anti-" any of those things to be a Christian... certainly not "anti-Democrat," either. That particular part of her statement is utterly laughable. The headline also made me chuckle - as if Christianity was some kind of exclusive club with a couple big bouncers at the door, checking your "anti-gay" card! LOL... Anne Rice has left the building!

    July 30, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  11. David

    Did you read the books? They were superb vampires – strong, ruthless, intelligent, sinister and wrestling with their own immortality. She was the pioneer of cool vampires that adults could relate to. Her vamps were 180 degrees from the trendy "Twilight" commercial garbage, and more like the "True Blood" vampires. Are you talking about the movie?

    July 30, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  12. Carrie

    Anne Rice seems to have confused faith with a political movement of some kind. Sad.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  13. Rex

    I have never heard of this lady....however...I too will pray that the Lord will allow her to have earthly experiences that will bring her back to him. This lady is representative of our spiraling civilation. Everyone now feels a need to tell the world about thier issues....only to gain 5 minutes of recognition. Do any of our east and west coasts citizens actuall go to work, work hard then go home to their family? A fools paradise.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  14. Louis

    RICHT ON Ms. RICE!!!!!!!!!!!! I left Christianity a decade ago and do not miss it one iota. What a stupid concept. I have read comic books with more logic than the bible.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  15. Believer

    God HATES sin...but He LOVES the sinner!!!!

    July 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  16. Bahah

    i dont think she knows what it means being a christian... and sadly many others don't either, as well as some "christians" themselves

    July 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  17. Dave

    Uh, why do people like Anne always point to the anti-gay propaganda to refute Christianity? Let's take a few steps back and look at the fact that the whole religion is founded on the belief in some guy who supposedly suspended the laws of physics all his life (and just a little after!). The complete insanity of that notion should be all it takes. The hatred propaganda is just icing on the cake...

    July 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  18. Jason

    The true gospel of Jesus Christ is flawless. Why is it flawless? Because Christ is perfect. People struggle with the teachings of Christ because they are not perfect. It is up to every Christian to re examine themselves and seek to be better. I pray that no matter what you believe, believe in what Christian faiths believe. That is the power to change and be a better person.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  19. Jason

    Sounds like Anne Rice isn't anti-Christianity, just anti-stupidity. Christ wasn't “anti-gay,” “anti-feminist," “anti-science” and “anti-Democrat.” He wasn't political at all. It's sad that people feel the need to generalize an entire faith based on the actions of the outspoken few. The Christians I know love and serve their community, empower women, don't believe the Bible is a scientific document and have very diverse political views. They just do it quietly. Kind of like Jesus.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  20. Believer in JC

    Two points here: 1. Jesus came and condemned the Pharisees, those who thought they were following the letter of God's law & headed for eternal life with God because of their "good works." Jesus said that no one's works are ever good enough to meet God's standards of sinlessness & perfection, so the Pharisees needed to look further to find their ticket to heaven & forgiveness. That's why Jesus died on the cross–He took the sins of those who believe in Him & forgave them so those people can stand before His Father on Judgment Day & point to Jesus rather than themselves as their ticket to eternal life. #2. What does God's Word say about the anti-gay, anti-feminist, anti-science, anti-Democrats? Each of these needs to be addressed separately–1st, God does not care what political party you belong to unless it violates His Word. 2nd, God is the author of science, so He has all the scientific answers you could ever hope to find. The choice is yours, do you believe God's Word on scientific matters or the scientists who claim to be wise in the world's eyes? 3rd, God is the greatest proponent of Women b/c He made them. Each sex has their role within God's plan & He created each of us uniquely to fulfill His plan for our lives. You can choose to believe that what He designed you for will fulfill you more than anything you might come up with or you can go your own way & see where it leads you (that's called sin). 4th, God does call homosexuality sin, but he calls adultery & pre-marital sex sin also. We choose to engage in those sins or we choose to abstain from them. No one is making a homosexual or a heterosexual have sex. God's way is the best way because He knows us better than we know ourselves, but some of us simply refuse to submit to Him & we even hate Him because of it. But God does love you like a good father loves his own child. And true Christians love those around them even if they do not agree with them b/c they realize that God loved them even when they did not love Him. That's what forgiveness & grace are all about.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
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