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CNN has a couple of related stories, although I doubt they saw the connection.

First, stuffed into their entertainment blog they have: Anne Rice leaves Christianity

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.”

What they missed is that they had a good example of what Ms Rice was referring to in their own US section: Church plans Quran-burning event

(CNN) — In protest of what it calls a religion “of the devil,” a nondenominational church in Gainesville, Florida, plans to host an “International Burn a Quran Day” on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The Dove World Outreach Center says it is hosting the event to remember 9/11 victims and take a stand against Islam. With promotions on its website and Facebook page, it invites Christians to burn the Muslim holy book at the church from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“We believe that Islam is of the devil, that it’s causing billions of people to go to hell, it is a deceptive religion, it is a violent religion and that is proven many, many times,” Pastor Terry Jones told CNN’s Rick Sanchez earlier this week.

Juan Cole found a perfect quote for this hatred:

The German poet Heinrich Heine (d. 1856), in his play lamenting the forced conversion of Spain’s Muslims to Christianity, “Almansor,” wrote, “Wherever they burn books, in the end they will burn human beings.” (When the Nazis burned books in 1933, Heine’s were among those set afire, and his prediction was borne out).

The Dove World Outreach Center also dislikes Wiccans. Not a lot of “love thy neighbor” in that church.


1 Anya { 07.31.10 at 6:39 pm }

“The Dove World Outreach Center also dislikes Wiccans. ”

Um, they’re going to be hard pressed to find a Wiccan holy book to burn. I suppose they’ll move straight on to burning people in that case. 🙁

2 Bryan { 07.31.10 at 7:35 pm }

They are located in Gainesville which is best known as the main campus of the University of Florida, so it is possible that there might actually be one or more Wiccans in the area, but it doesn’t take long for non-evangelicals down here to realize you don’t advertise that fact.

Come on, Аня. surely you were aware that the Harry Potter series are Wiccan “holy books”? Several local preachers have said that. They are having a fit because there are circles at NAS Pensacola and Eglin AFB for Wiccan personnel.

I put it down to the fact that you never see any of these preachers in a hat. The sun cooks their brains.

3 oldwhitelady { 08.01.10 at 5:06 pm }

Anne Rice has the right idea. Hatred doesn’t seem to be what religion should be about.

4 Bryan { 08.01.10 at 5:17 pm }

It is certainly not what I was taught in Sunday school, OWL. Today’s “Christians” seem to care more about the Old Testament, than the New.