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Ann Rice quitting Christianity
From Ann Rice's facebook page, dated yesterday (7/28/2010):

For those who care, and I understand if you don't: 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. For ten years, I've tried. I've failed. I'm an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.


As I said below, 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.

What can I add to that?

I whole-heartedly agree with her take on the the word "Christian".  Right-wingers have spent AT LEAST the last 30 years actively trashing words like "liberal", "democrat", "social", "socialist", "socialized", and so on -- most recently, the word "Muslim" has been made synonymous with "terrorist" -- and the the process, they've succeeded in poisoning the word "Christian" as well.

Today, even celebrity authors who profess to being "committed to Christ", still can't make themselves swallow the label "Christian", with all the baggage that goes with it.

[It's too bad she still clings to God/Jesus and THAT baggage, but without the right-wing "Christian" nonsense, it's more of an esoteric argument.  Believe in unicorns all you want, just don't insist that they (through you) get to make policy, and we'll get along Just Fine.]

Current Emotional State: contemplative contemplative

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amaebi From: amaebi Date: July 29th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find your endorsement of the fine old conservative practice of shunning extremely funny. :D
unbeliever64 From: unbeliever64 Date: July 30th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
"Endorse shunning"???

I don't see Ann Rice (or myself) in the above statements, shunning anyone.

She no longer associates herself with a term that has become negatively politically loaded. It is her right to do so.

I applaud her choice, because I agree that, at present, the term has indeed become a pejorative. The fact that the term is still used by many who do NOT possess the negative traits, has frankly become irrelevant.

Liberal Christians continue to be INVISIBLE on the national stage. Blame the media, or blame your peers, but you must either reclaim the term, CULTURALLY, or pick a new one. You cannot expect the rest of us to stand by and defend "Christianity", when "Christianity" has so closely, and so publicly, associated itself with so much evil.

Rereading my statement above, I find that if anything, I was being too kind. I clearly said that right-wingers has poisoned the term (thus implying it was a positive term previously).

Frankly, I don't think Christianity has been a net-positive force in the world for a good deal longer than the 30 years I was talking about... See the Vatican... the Crusades... the CONSTANT FREAKING STRUGGLE to teach scientific FACT in this country over the screaming, frothing objections of the "Good Christians"...
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