Monday, May 08, 2017

Actor Stephen Fry is being investigated for blasphemy in Ireland for calling God a "maniac." Okay this is still 2017, right?

Courtesy of The Independent:

Stephen Fry is being investigated by Irish police over blasphemy claims more than two years after his outspoken comments about God on RTE's The Meaning of Life went viral. 

Mr Fry described a hypothetical creator as “stupid” and an “utter maniac” for designing a world filled with undue suffering. 

Asked in 2015 by the programme's host, Gay Byrne, what he would say to God if he arrived at the pearly gates of heaven, the actor and author replied: “I’d say, bone cancer in children? What’s that about?” 

The committed atheist added: “How dare you? How dare you create a world to which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right, it’s utterly, utterly evil. 

“Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world that is so full of injustice and pain? “We have to spend our life on our knees thanking him? What kind of god would do that? 

“The god who created this universe, if it was created by god, is quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish.” 

A Gardai spokeswoman told The Independent: “We're not commenting on an ongoing investigation.”

I have seen some version of this video over a dozen times, and I still LOVE it.

What a wonderful response to a stupid question.

Keep in mind this is not happening in Saudi Arabia or Iran, this is happening in freaking Ireland, a place that I think most of us believed to be here with us in the 21st century.

Apparently it also a place where one can be punished for daring to speak ill of a imaginary being.


  1. Anonymous6:03 AM

    But, unfortunately it's Ireland. They've made great strides there but cannot seem to do so without taking other steps back.

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  2. Anonymous6:14 AM

    Investagate this>

  3. Anonymous6:16 AM


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  5. Anonymous6:30 AM

    Sally Yates is testifying today, Trump is twittering out bullshit insinuations and misspelling words right and left & France overwhelmingly repudiated fascism but your worried about Stephen Fry? This is the best that you can do?

  6. Anonymous6:35 AM

    Remember, Ireland is the place where they routinely let pregnant women die rather than abort the already-dead or dying fetus inside them.

    1. Anonymous7:10 AM

      Exactly 6:35 AM. ++++ I agree whole-heartedly with Fry. First, there is nothing historically to prove or support a Jesus character ever lived - elusive fairy tales only.

      Why would I get on bended knee to worship a "god" who creates such hateful beings that prevent food being transported to starving/dying children in Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere? Satan? He exists only in the mind of pretenders.

      The Rethugs who are supposed to be the xtians are willing to strike the vulnerable to empower the pussy grabbers and white men with dicks.

      Ireland cares not one whit for any woman so don't be tricked into thinking there is sensibility in that arena.

  7. Anonymous9:56 AM

    A reflex action...

  8. Anonymous10:32 AM

    Magdalene Laundries--a place where girl children who were raped were sent to be worked to death.

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  10. Anonymous11:44 AM

    Congress! Just END it Now! IMPEACH!
    Crazy in our gov't.

    1. Anonymous2:16 PM

      This blog isn't a portal to congress, fyi.

      ie they don't read here.

    2. Anonymous3:01 PM

      This travesty of an administration (it ISN'T a presidency) isi enough to occasionally make most of us scream. Then, one can eiher slit one's wrists in despair, or get out from behind the computer and DO SOEMTHING, GOTV, canvass, run for office, phone bank, protest donate, etc.

    3. Anonymous3:04 PM

      My guess is some weird OPUS DEI type has been pestering the agency fro years, and fianlly someone said, OK, let's put this to rest once and for all.

  11. Anonymous12:20 PM

    WTF. Fry is probably one of the most incredibly brilliant men alive. Just a big FU to whoever is investigating him.

  12. It just dawned on me how closely this mirrors the persecution of Fry's character in the movie "V For Vendetta."


  13. Anonymous2:56 PM

    Hysterical. It's called the "Problem of Evil" and it's been a philosophical and theological disucssion since.... well, Chrstianity. It's simple logic.

    ASee Bloom on the Jewish Yahweh versus the Christian Christ.

    When you have a god (or gods) liek the Olympians or Yahweh, they type who go "I am who am (and basically, I'll do whatever I please and you'd better bow down out of fear... well teh problem of evil isn't really a problem.

    But, along came the Chrsitian mythos: this is a kind, loving god.. along with that comes, the problem of evil. A lovign god wouldn't allow such to harm the people it loves, butit does. Logial impossibility, expecially when combined iwth a god that logically is required to be omniscient, omnipotent and omnibenevolent.

    I've spent years watchign the Christian apologist tying themselves in knots over this one. And the athiests destroy every argument with one or two well placed yanks on their ropes.

  14. Anonymous8:42 AM

    12:20, Fry certainly seems to think he's brilliant. He's just a pompous bullshitter, or as Peter Hitchens wrote, Fry is a dumb person's idea of an intelligent person.

  15. Anonymous8:53 AM

    2:56, your terrible spelling and grammar are examples of how smart "athiests"are.


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