Almost a couple of years after we learned that Anne Rice left Christianity, here are a couple of update interviews where she talks about how she feels about organized religion and her reasons for leaving Christianity.
In her original coming out statement, she declared:
Today 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 a Christian, Amen.
The videos are available for embedding.
They are really worth watching even though she's still a believer in woowoo, so here they are:
She did not quit being a believer in Christ as god, etc., but I take my hat off to her for not being an enabler.
Annie Laurie Gaylor
Co-President, Freedom From Religion Foundation
Dear Liberal Catholic: It's time to quit the Roman Catholic Church. It's your moment of truth. Will it be reproductive freedom, or back to the ark Ages? Do you choose women and their rights or Bishops and their wrongs? Whose side are you on, anyway?
It is time to make known your dissent from the Catholic Church in light of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops' ruthless campaign endangering the right to contraception. If you're part of the Catholic Church, you're part of the problem.
Why are you propping up the pillars of a tyrannical and autocratic, woman-hating, sex-perverting, antediluvian Old Boys Club? Why are you aiding and abetting a church that has repeatedly and publicly announced a crusade to ban contraception, abortion and sterilization, and to deny the right of all women everywhere, Catholic or not, to decide whether and when to become mothers?
When it comes to reproductive freedom, the Roman Catholic Church is Public Enemy Number One. Think of the acute misery, poverty, needless suffering, unwanted pregnancies, social evils and deaths that can be laid directly at the door of the Church's antiquated doctrine that birth control is a sin and must be outlawed. A backer of the Roman Catholic presidential candidate says that if women want to avoid pregnancy we should put an aspirin between our knees? Catholic politicians are urging that the right to contraception should be left up to states? Nearly 50 years after the Supreme Court upheld contraception as a privacy right, we're going to have to defend this basic freedom all over again?
You're better than your church. So why? Why continue to attend Mass? Tithe? Why dutifully sacrifice to send your children to parochial schools so they can be brainwashed into the next generation of myrmidons (and, potentially, become the next Church victims)? For that matter, why have you put up with an institution that won't put up with women priests, that excludes half of humanity?
No self-respecting feminist, civil libertarian or progressive should cling to the Catholic faith. As a Cafeteria Catholic, you chuck out the stale doctrine and moldy decrees of your religion, but keep patronizing the establishment that menaces public health by serving rotten offerings. Your continuing Catholic membership, as a "liberal," casts a veneer of respectability upon an irrational sect determined to blow out the Enlightenment and threaten liberty for women worldwide. You are an enabler. And it's got to stop.
I read on and what an interesting read it was.
I see the up hill battle for those that believe in the separation of the church and State have ahead of them.
Yeah, I loved that letter myself. Didn't mince any words, did it?
No! It did not mince words.
Think of the acute misery, poverty, needless suffering, unwanted pregnancies, social evils and deaths that can be laid directly at the door of the Church's antiquated doctrine that birth control is a sin and must be outlawed.
I didn't realize it was the "Anne Rice" that wrote all those best sellers ( would never haved dreamed she was a christian, into woo woo, yes).