Sunday, 7 May 2017

Never a Truer Word Spoken

Stephen Fry is to be investigated after an Irish viewer claimed comments he made a TV show were blasphemous.  It is a criminal offence in the Republic of Ireland under the Defamation Act, which prohibits people from publishing or uttering:

"matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion".

The government said at the time it was needed because the republic's 1937 constitution only gives Christians legal protection of their beliefs.

Here's what he said back in 2015 when asked what he may say to God on arriving at the Pearly Gates:

"How dare you create a world in which there is such misery? It's 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 which is so full of injustice and pain?

Greek gods didn't present themselves as being all seeing, all wise, all beneficent. The god who created this universe, if it was created by god, is quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish".

He has replied:

"I don't think I mentioned once any particular religion and I certainly didn't intend, and in fact I know I didn't say anything offensive towards any particular religion."

Not only has he not directed his quite excellent comments at any particular religion but I fail to see how this is blasphemous?  They are simple questions and personal opinion.  Religion gets to judge us and yet we are not permitted to reciprocate?

Max fine for this "offence" is 25 000€.

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