Anne Rice: Victim of Right Wing Fundamentalist Christianity

This is really sad, a person like Anne Rice who wrote the series of novels such as "An Interview With A Vampire" has finally left Christianity after 10 years.  The reason for her leaving is not Christianity itself or not believing in Jesus, but because of the Right Wing Fundamentalist Evangelical ideology that is similar to that of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.  Anne Rice had went from writing dark Vampire novels to Christian themed religious books for the last 10 years due to her honest faith in Jesus and Christianity, however the right wing hate mongering against all others has scared her away from Christianity.  She no longer believes that she has to hate others such as Muslims, Democrats, Feminists, Gays/Lesbians, Scientists, etc.

Here is the CNN excerpt:

Legendary author Anne Rice has announced that she’s quitting Christianity.
The “Interview with a Vampire” author, who wrote a book about her spirituality titled "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession" in 2008, said Wednesday that she refuses to be “anti-gay,” “anti-feminist," “anti-science” and “anti-Democrat.”
Rice wrote, “For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian ... 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.”
Rice then added another post explaining her decision on Thursday:
“My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn't understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me," Rice wrote. "But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been or might become.”


I commend Anne Rice on her insight into the extremism that has been shown in the name of Christianity, however she still chooses to follow Jesus's example and she is still keeping "her faith in Christ", but she no longer adheres to the Right Wing Fundamentalist/Evangelical Christianity that is all over the media and is being promoted by the right wing.  She is in the true sense of the word a "real Christian".  

Comments

Daniel and Beth said…
Great blog-post. As someone that has practiced Christian all my life, I am not opposed to Rice's move because I think she means what she says, and that matters the most. Maybe this will wake people up. I don't think she is negating the message of Christ and the Gospels, and that's the most important part.

Thanks,
Daniel
Thank you, that is exactly the issue...as Muslims we believe that "People of the Book" (Those who received the word of God before us...ie. Zoroastrians, Sabians, Jews, and Christians - 124,000 Prophets from the first Adam to the last Muhammad peace be upon them all) are to be respected and we need not worry about them if they are truly practicing their faith. "Dawah" or invitation to Islam should be given to those people who no longer practice their faith.

For people to have done things (ie. Right Wing Extremist Evangelicals or Al-Qaeda) that promote somebody to leave the faith is something they need to answer to God for. The person who still believes and has faith, but no longer subscribes to the label or sect is in true form a real servant of God.

All these 124,000 prophets came to give us the same message, each time it was distorted or forgotten. However, Anne Rice is not forgetting Jesus (pbuh), she still believes in her faith, just not the label because she does not want to be associated with the atrocities of the people who carry the label.

From a Muslim point of view, she is like the true Christians that existed during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who helped defend him against the Evangelical-Qaeda of his time. The verses in The Holy Qur'an that talk about "slaying the infidel" is in context with those Pagans/Jews/Christians who violated the treaty and were killing Muslims wherever they found the Muslims. Islam's view on retribution is that of the old testament and that is that if you are attacked, you have the right to defend yourself "an eye for an eye" if you will. However, if your enemy stops the aggression, then you too must stop (compromise between Old and New Testament)and should make peace with your enemy and take them as a friend. This is why during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) he had Jewish and Christian Allies as well as Enemies. Those who didn't attack the Muslims actually helped the Muslims or were neutral, but then there were those who killed the Muslims men, women, children, sheep, houses, etc. Those are the ones mentioned that you should defend yourself against.

Ann Rice as a true believer in Jesus Christ (pbuh) and as a true Christian would have been a friend of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the rest of the Prophets going back 124,000 of them to Prophet Adam.

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