Police investigate Stephen Fry's 'blasphemous' rant

  • 07/05/2017

Irish police are keeping tight-lipped about a blasphemy complaint against British actor and television personality Stephen Fry.

The Irish Independent newspaper says a member of the public contacted police after the comedian spoke about God during an interview with Irish broadcaster RTE two years ago.

Fry, an outspoken atheist, was asked what he would say to God, if it turns out he/she was real.

"How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It's not right," Fry responded.

It's utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?"

He went on to call the Christian god an "utter maniac" for allowing afflictions like bone cancer in children to exist.

"We have to spend our life on our knees thanking him?! What kind of god would do that?"

The anonymous complainant said it was their civic duty to report the comments, which allegedly breach the Defamation Act.

"We are not commenting on an ongoing investigation," the Irish police told the newspaper.

Under Irish law, blasphemy carries a €25,000 fine.

A spokesperson for Fry told the paper he had "nothing to say" about the investigation.