Stephen Fry may be fined €25,000 for blasphemy in his “Meaning of life” interview with Gay Byrne – – Our News, Your Views

Stephen Fry may be fined €25,000 for blasphemy in his “Meaning of life” interview with Gay Byrne

Gardai are investigating if comments made on Gay Byrne’s The Meaning of Life show breached blasphemy laws.

English Television personality Stephen Fry is in hot water this weekend after his interview in February 2015 he gave to Gay Byrne on RTE’s “Meaning of life” show.

The show generally talks about people’s religious beliefs and what they believe in now.

Byrne’s usual last question is what people would say when they meet St Peter at the gates of Heaven.
A visibly angry, agressive and agitated Fry replied with:
“he would quiz a mean-minded God”
“How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right.”
“Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?

Practically foaming at the mouth, Fry continued:
“Because the God who created this universe, if it was created by God, is quite clearly a maniac, utter maniac. Totally selfish.

“We have to spend our life on our knees thanking him; what kind of God would do that?”

The reason why Fry is feeling the heat over the interview is that one unnamed gentleman in Ennis, County Clare went into the Ennis Garda Station and made an official complaint in respect to the Defamation Act 2009 which states that anyone publishing or uttering blasphemous material could be fined up to €25,000 if found guilty.

It remains to be seen what the outcome of the complaint will be.

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