by now, we’ve all heard that anne rice is “quitting christianity” because…
“It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious and deservedly infamous group. For 10 years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else…. 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 think many of us struggle with similar feelings. and while i certainly don’t mean to reduce a monstrous issue to semantics, anne rice’s struggle (and mine) is with the label. anne rice doesn’t want to be identified with what the name “christian” has come to mean. she doesn’t want to be painted with the same brush as the “god hates fags” people. nor do i.
but if “christian” is the wrong term, then what should we call these people?
when you figure it out, please let me know. i want to sign up.