The “Evangelical Christian Publishers Association” released the list of 14 winners for the 2021 Christian Book Awards in 12 different categories.
Well, some stars like Amanda Bynes use technology like Twitter to tell the world they are retiring. Some stars like Kelsey Grammar announce the end of his marriage. But today Anne Rice became the first pop culture figure I know that decided to break up with Christians, and she did it using facebook.
On her official website she posted the following announcement via her facebook feed this afternoon:”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.”
I am not sure what sparked this outburst or if it is just a rant that will later be tempered with something else a little less emotional. I know that she has long spoken out in interviews that she struggles with some of the Catholic Church’s stands on issues . But she has also eloquently spoken out about her deep spiritual need for Christ.
I understand this statement does not say she has stopped believing in Christ but I also feel that the words are a pretty broad indictment of Christians and Christianity. There has been and always will be those within any religious group that do harm in the name of faith and truth. A woman as bright and articulate as Rice should surely know that not all Christians fit the unflattering portrait she painted in her post.
What do you think of Anne’s break-up news? Specifically, is this another example of a way that social networking makes it too easy to create drama instead of dialogue?