Police in Ireland are investigating a complaint of blasphemy regarding comments made by Stephen Fry on a television programme shown on Ireland's state broadcaster, RTE in 2015?.
Under Ireland's Defamation Act 2009 a person who publishes or utters blasphemous material shall be guilty of an offence .
While being interviewed on The Meaning of Life TV programme, Fry was asked what he would say to God if he had a chance. Fry replied:
I'd say 'Bone cancer in children, what's that about?' 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?
Fry's humerous and powerful reply on YouTube has been viewed more than seven million times.
A member of the public, who asked not to be identified, said he made the complaint against Fry more than two years ago at Ennis garda station in County Clare. After hearing nothing for 18 months, the complainant wrote to the head of the Irish
police, Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan. The man was then contacted by a detective from Donnybrook garda station in Dublin to say they were looking into the blasphemy claim.
Update: Police see the light and drop the prosecution
9th May 2017 See article from
An Irish police investigation into allegedly blasphemous comments made by Stephen Fry has been dropped after detectives decided there were not enough people who had been outraged by the remarks. A source told the Irish Independent:
This man was simply a witness and not an injured party. Gardai were unable to find a substantial number of outraged people. For this reason the investigation has been concluded.
Offsite Comment: Stephen Fry and the new blasphemy laws
9th May 2017 See article from spiked-online.com
The complaint itself should not worry us. Of far greater significance is the fact that the police feel compelled to take
complaints like this seriously. One would expect them to point out that a citizen's private sensibilities are no concern for the state, and that even unpleasant people may exercise their right to say unpleasant things.
...Read the full article from spiked-online.com