In addition to being a social media maven and bestselling author, Anne Rice is an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights. Rice -- whose son, author Christopher Rice, is gay -- very often speaks out for equality on her Facebook page.
On Saturday, after actress Ellen Page came out publicly for the first time, Rice took to Facebook to post her congratulations, writing, "Every time a prominent person comes out, a blow is struck against ignorance, stereotyping, bigotry and bullying."
Predictably, Rice's supportive words brought out the trolls, who polluted the thread with nasty comments. But Rice wasn't having it. Later that day she wrote a status message that beautifully smacked the homophobes down:
Our post commending actress Ellen Page for her courage in coming out as gay attracted a lot of hostility and hate and hate speech --- as well as positive and substantive comments. I have banned many from the page today. I will no longer tolerate hate speech in the guise of Christian belief with the usual irresponsible pick and choose bible quotes and talk of "sin" and hellfire. I have had enough of it, and I think the world has had enough of it too. Again, I commend Ellen Page for her bravery in coming out. I hope more celebrities and public figures will be inspired to do so. Anyone who thinks this does not matter is deceiving himself or herself. It matters very much. Gay people in all walks of life suffer from bigotry, bias, superstition, and ignorance. Hats off to Ellen Page! (And please do NOT come here to tell us publicly that you "don't care." If you don't care, don't expect us to care that you don't care!).
As Instinct Magazine notes, Rice didn't stop there.
When homophobic Christianists even started spewing hate on this post, Anne didn't back down.
"I love the way you see people who don't like or agree with that lifestyle are always 'haters,'" wrote one user [sic]. "By that definition what do you think you are when you don't like what Christians believe. Total hypocrisey. Ms Rice I think you also are dabbling in some self deception."
"In my experience many Christians are extremely aggressive towards those they despise and seek to control and change," Anne replied. "They spend millions in America trying to interfere with a woman's right to choose and a gay person's civil rights. They are vocal and "in your face" with their hate of gays and other strong religious biases. If they would respect the rights and dignity of those who do not share their belief system, it would be better for everyone. But sadly, they don't. And when they bring hate speech to this page, I will delete and ban them."
The user pushed back, deploying the "...but gay activists do it too!" and "what you do in your bedroom shouldn't translate into civil rights" tropes. Rice shot back:
I don't think the aggression and hostility of Christians towards those they condemn can be compared in any way to gay rights activists. Gay rights activists don't spend millions trying to persecute and demonize others or oppress them in terms of civil rights. I hope you do some research on this topic. We have a serious problem in this country with aggressive Christians violating our separation of church and state, and campaigning to oppress women and gays, and sometimes children.
I think we are in a time in America when we must demand that all people claiming to be Christian take full moral responsibility for their belief system and the harm it has done historically and the harm it continues to do in our country. I see no reason to give Christians a pass on any of this.
Rice brilliantly spanked the haters up and down the thread. Check it out here -- it's great reading.
Brava, Ms. Rice!