Irish police drop Stephen Fry blasphemy probe

Police in the Republic of Ireland are no longer investigating a claim that British comedian Stephen Fry uttered blasphemous remarks on a TV show.

Irish media say the Garda dropped the case as there was no injured party.

A viewer had complained about comments made by Fry on a TV show in 2015.

Fry had asked why he should “respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world…. full of injustice”. He later said he was not “offensive towards any particular religion”.

…A controversial law against blasphemy was introduced in 2009. It carries a maximum penalty of a fine of €25,000 (£22,000).

…Speaking to the Irish Independent newspaper, the man who had accused Fry said: “I did my civic duty in reporting it.

“The guards did their duty in investigating it. I am satisfied with the result.”

…In a TV show called The Meaning of Life, hosted by Gay Byrne, Fry had been asked what he might say to God at the gates of heaven.

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