Author and vampire enthusiast Anne Rice raised more than a few gothy eyebrows a few years ago with the revelation that she had become a practicing Christian. Well, that’s changed now—at least the part about where, and how, she chooses to practice.
Rice had a falling-out with the Catholic Church over its position on social issues such as gay marriage and women’s rights, and like any savvy public figure, she took to Facebook to announce the rift and sat for an interview with ABC to follow up.
ABC News via Gawker:
“Today I quit being a Christian,” Rice wrote. “I’m out.”
She went on to call Christians, as a group, “quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious and deservedly infamous.”
“I reached a point where I felt that I couldn’t be complicit any longer in the things that organized religion was doing. I really saw it as a fairly simple repudiation, you know? I was exonerating myself,” Rice said in an interview with ABC News. “I was saying, ‘Look, when you—when you see the persecution of gay people by the Mormon Church or the Catholic Church, I’m not part of this. I’m out. I don’t support this anymore. When you see the oppression of women. I’m not part of it. I’m stepping aside. This follower of Christ is not part of that Christianity.’ That’s really what I thought to say.”