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.

  • Ed

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

    Then pay his legal bills, you civic duty minded thug.

  • BillyHW

    I think God will say to Stephen Fry at the gates of heaven, “Sorry bro, you were into boy-rectum, it’s the down escalator for you.”

  • tom_billesley

    Asking an atheist what he would say to God? That’s a leading question.

  • Martin B

    “A controversial law against blasphemy was introduced in 2009”. That’s the same year that Asia Bibi was accused of blasphemy by some Mohammedan hags for drinking from the same well as them. She is rotting on death row in Pakistan to this day.

    Scroll through BCF or JihadWatch and you’ll find case after case of Christians being accused of blasphemy and either slaughtered by mobs of Muzz or locked up in dungeons. The Irish idiots behind this law are legitimizing this evil: “Look! See! Even the infidels have blasphemy laws!”

    • tom_billesley

      Blasphemy should be a private matter between an individual and their own religion. If you have no religion you have nothing to blaspheme.
      There are enough laws to cope with public order offences or vandalism of places of worship. Hurting other people’s feelings doesn’t count.

  • Editor

    I wonder if the result would have been the same if he had used the word allah instead of God? Or included them both.

    • bargogx1

      I think we all know the answer to that question.

      • Editor


  • WalterBannon

    what I might say to God at the gates of heaven: “Holy crap, I was wrong, you do exist.. Well at least I was not muslim, that’s got to count for a lot, so do I get in or what?”

  • Pavelina

    God didn’t create a world full of injustice. We humans did that.

  • A Hamilton Guy

    God will look after him when he gets there. It’s his boy banging I don’t like, but he’s too ugly to get a sweet lady, so he goes for second best. He does host good docs so he does deserve to have a job.

  • bargogx1

    Well of course it was dropped. He never said anything that insulted Islam, so no problem. The tip-off is at the end of the article – “In 2009 the then government said the law was needed because the republic’s 1937 constitution gave only Christians legal protection of their beliefs”

    Get it? “Only Christians”, as in not Muslims. The whole point of the law is to protect Islam, and nobody said anything bad about Islam, so the case got dropped.