“A warm welcome to Zingcreed, the world’s only Christian/atheist blog. Did you hear that one of England’s best loved bloggers and comedians, Stephen Fry, has been reported to the Irish police for blaspheming in a TV interview he had in Ireland last year.
As we know, the church, whether Catholic or Protestant, English or Irish, is a good thirty years behind everybody else culturally speaking, and is thus a rich source of humorous incidents such as this. Thanks for entertaining us guys – keep it coming!
In solidarity with victims of Christian religious persecution,
Here is the text of the interview as seen by over 7 million on Face Book.
Asked what he would say if he was confronted by God, Fry replied: “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?”
Questioned on how he would react if he was locked outside the pearly gates, he responded: “I would say, ‘Bone cancer in children? What’s that about?’
“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?”
Under the 2009 Defamation Act which is part of the Irish constitution, prosecution can result in a 25000 euro fine. The last prosecution for blasphemy in Ireland was in 1855. I am sure God is gratified that people who believe in him pass laws to stop people who don’t believe in him from saying critical things about him. In this case that old theological chestnut ‘the problem of evil’. If He’s as mighty as the bible makes Him out to be then I’m quite sure He can take care of Himself.
Anyway, shouldn’t Christians forgive Stephen Fry rather than take him to court under some stupid law that shouldn’t even be on the books of any half-decent modern state ?