Letter to the editor: Christian comments by novelist don't add up
One of the dangers of fame is if you say something stupid, a lot of people hear it.
"Today I quit being a Christian. I remain committed to Christ, but not to being a Christian or being a part of Christianity." So said Anne Rice.
This is like saying "I quit being a Nazi and reject 'Mein Kampf,' but I remain committed to Hitler.
She continues, "In the name of Christ I refuse to be anti-gay." While God and and true Christians love gays, we refuse to endorse a lifestyle that has no future.
"I refuse to be anti-feminist." Christianity holds women in the highest regard and has done more for women than any other religion on the planet.
"I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control." The Bible does say that God opens and closes the womb, but birth control is so widely used by Christians this should not be an issue with Anne.
"I refuse to be anti-Democrat." Although many Christians are Republicans, there are many churches where Anne would feel right at home being a Democrat. It was Christians who put Barack Obama in the White House.
"I refuse to be anti-secular humanist." This is a strange one because they are atheists and Anne believes in God.
"I refuse to be anti-science" in Anne's litany is strange because Christianity after the reformation produced science by rejecting the pagan and Greek notion that nature was capricious and therefore unknowable. I assume Anne here means creationists are anti-science, and forgets that if evolution happened homosexuals would have disappeared long ago.
I have no idea what Anne means by the church being "anti-life."
All these statements show serious flaws in Anne's thinking, but it's what you would expect from someone who has spent her life writing gay-vampire novels, when just reading one would lower your IQ. To her credit, however, I did like her non-fiction book, "Called Out of Darkness."
Leonard Pitts calling Anne's comments "a wake-up call to the church" is laughable.
Christianity as practiced does contain many flaws and unbiblical traditions -- none of which Anne, no surprisingly, seems to notice.