Stephen Fry Evil God – but is it blasphemy
On Irish television station RTE Sunday viewers were treated to the full “Meaning of Life” program who’s trailer had become a internet viral hit know as the Stephen Fry Evil God YouTube clip. But was its broadcast an offence under the Irish blasphemy law?
The clip and the program have been widely reported in Ireland, the UK and internationally.
The Irish Times reported:
Stephen Fry tells Gay Byrne: God is a ‘maniac, totally selfish’
Comedian regards Jesus as a ‘very good soul’ but ‘a lot of things he says are nonsense…twee’
The English comedian, actor, writer and presenter Stephen Fry has described God as “quite clearly a maniac”, “monstrous, utterly monstrous”, and “totally selfish”.
During a TV interview with Gay Byrne on RTÉ One’s The Meaning of Life, Fry was asked what he would say to God on arrival at the pearly gates. He replied: “I’ll say, ‘Bone cancer in children? What’s that about?’ How dare you? How dare you create a world in 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 which is so full of injustice and pain? That’s what I’d say.
The Irish Independent:
WATCH: Stephen Fry has some tough words for God in interview with Gay Byrne
Legendary broadcaster Gay Byrne interviews fellow legendary broadcaster Stephen Fry for his ‘Meaning of Life’ series.
And Fry has some harsh words for God when Byrne asks him what he would say to ‘him, her, or it’ if he encountered them at the gates of heaven.
“I’ll say, ‘Bone cancer in children? What’s that about? How dare you? How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that’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?”
Bryne replies with, “And you think you’re going to get in?”
“No. But I wouldn’t want to. I wouldn’t want to get in on his terms.”
On the Irish program, “The Meaning of Life,” as reported by the Daily Beast, Fry was asked by Gay Byrne what he would say if “confronted by God” in the afterlife. Fry responded, “Bone cancer in children? What is that about? How dare you! How dare you create a world where 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 which is so full of injustice and pain.”
UK – Evening Standard
Stephen Fry: ‘God is evil, mean-minded and stupid’
Broadcaster and atheist Stephen Fry has been filmed launching into an impassioned tirade about the existence of God.
The QI presenter calls the Christian deity “evil”, “monstrous” and “stupid” in a clip from an Irish TV show set to be aired this weekend.
Host Gay Byrne asks the 57-year-old, who is well known for his atheism, what he would do after his death if he arrived at the “pearly gates” to find that God really does exist.
Fry responds: “I’ll say: bone cancer in children, what’s that about?
“How dare you how dare you create a world where there is such misery that’s not our fault? 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?”
Faced by an interviewer who is visibly taken aback, he adds: “The god who created this universe, if he created this universe, is quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish.
“We have to spend our lives on our knees thanking him. What kind of god would do that?
“Yes the world is very splendid, but it also has in it insects whose whole life cycle is to burrow into the eyes of children and make them blind.”
After Fry concludes that the Christian god is “monstrous and deserves no respect”, his interviewer says: “That sure is the longest answer to that question that I ever got in this entire series.”
According to a census carried out in 2011, nearly 85 % of the population of Republic of Ireland is Roman Catholic.
STEPHEN Fry has called God a “capricious, mean-minded, stupid” and “evil” being.
The beloved British personality and well-known atheist has appeared on Irish program,The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne.
While the program will air this morning (Sunday night in Ireland) the clip in which he takes issue with a supposed omnipotent God was posted on Twitter a few days ago and has garnered huge amounts of attention.
Despite Stephen Fry’s outspoken stance on religion, presenter Gay Byrne proposed the scenario to the recently married presenter of Qi in which his “protestations” are wrong and he is to meet his creator at the pearly gates.
“What would you say to him, her or it?” asked Byrne.
When faced with the hypothetical deity, Stephen Fry pulled no punches.
“How dare you? how dare you create such misery in a world that it 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?” he replied.
Belgium HLN.BE reports :
“Een volslagen maniak” en “totaal egoïstisch”. Dat is de visie van Stephen Fry op God. De Engelse komiek gaf z’n ongezouten mening in een interview met de Ierse tv-show ‘The Meaning of Life’.
Presentator Gay Byrne vroeg de Engelsman wat hij zou zeggen wanneer hij voor de hemelpoorten stond en met God geconfronteerd werd. Fry antwoordde klaar en duidelijk: “Ik zou zeggen: ‘botkanker bij kinderen, waarom is dat? Hoe durf je een wereld met zoveel ellende te creëren. Dat is volkomen, volkomen gemeen.”