The best-selling author of Interview with the Vampire, has abandoned Christianity because she says that it is “anti-gay”.
Anne Rice (68) became famous for her homoerotic Vampire Chronicles series of books, which spawned two Hollywood movies. In 2004 she announced that she would henceforth “write only for the Lord” and embarked on writing two books about the life of Christ.
This week, however, Rice said on Twitter: “Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being ‘Christian’ or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.”
She later tweeted again: “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.”
Rice’s books have sold almost 100 million copies around the world. Her openly-gay son Christopher Rice is himself a best-selling author in his own right.