Sorry to channel Kanye West on you there. But I’m a bit confused about mega-selling vampire novelist Anne Rice’s announcement that she’s leaving the Catholic Church a couple of years after she re-joined.
Rice’s plaintive message to her fans read in part:
“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. 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.”
On the “quarrelsome, hostile” charges, I understand where Rice is coming from. I spent more time than I care to remember working in Christian publishing; outside of an Objectivist picnic, you’d be hard pressed to find a larger group of “unChristians” than, well, Professional Christians™
Brainy (and probably a bit introverted) people like Rice, who come to Christianity through the exquisite prose of dead saints, are frequently appalled by the unseemly behavior of the flesh and blood followers of Christ they’re forced to rub up against every Sunday morning.
But Rice makes the mistake of going further in her critique. Calling the Catholic Church “anti-life” with a straight face requires an allergy to irony heretofore unknown to medical science.
That said, didn’t she know in 2008 that the Catholic Church — like every religion in the history of the world — opposes artificial birth control and gay marriage?
Because that’s what Rice means by “anti-gay.” There’s a problem, though: Rice is a liberal Democrat, part of the “rainbow coalition.” Yet some of the most vocal opponents of gay marriage are also a key element of that coalition: African-Americans.
It doesn’t get discussed very much, for obvious reasons, but the gay marriage debate has opened ugly fissures in the taken-for-granted gay-black Democratic alliance.
All kinds of groups and individuals oppose gay marriage. So why is it that only one — the Catholic Church — attracts most of the anger?
No, I don’t think Anne Rice hates black people. I just find it fascinating that her irrational fury is so… selective. Using liberal logic, Rice should be condemning black Protestant deacons and pastors, too, not just Catholic priests. Taking liberal “logic” even further, Rice’s support of gay marriage must mean she’s anti-black.
Because that’s how their minds work. No wonder so many leftists are in a constant state of fury and frustration. Just look at the many contradictory balls they’re obliged to juggle during normal waking hours.
No wonder some of them are driven mad by the attempt.