When I was growing up, my father told me that there were three things that one should not discuss in mixed company: religion, politics, and sex. Perhaps Anne Rice’s parents did not tell her such a thing, because she is back in the media’s attention talking about how she feels about religion.
Anne is, once again, revealing her religion — about which, she was very loud to announce she was rejoining not too long ago.
But even as she eventually came to describe herself as an atheist and had great wealth and adulation, Rice wasn’t truly happy. In 1998, she started to rediscover her strong faith by rejoining the Catholic Church, and by 2004, she announced that she would no longer write about vampires. Instead, she was devoting herself to “what the Lord wanted” in her writing.
Now it seems Ms. Rice has done a bit of a 180 and has announced to the world that she is leaving the church.
I’ve come to the conclusion from my experience with organized religion that I have to leave, that I have to, in the name of Christ, step away from this. It’s a matter of rejecting what I’ve discovered about the persecution of gays, the persecution and oppression of women and the actions of the churches on many different levels.
Does this mean that she will return to writing about Vampires and, perhaps, decide to next become: The Antichrist? It might be a good career move for her.
Why do we need to be informed of every single religious decision that Anne Rice makes? How does it affect us? Why should we care?
I don’t see this as being an indicator of anything but a blatant desire to revive sales — or to perhaps to get publicity for books that are soon to be published.