The Irish Independent is reporting that Irish police have dropped an investigation into British actor and comedian Stephen Fry for comments he made on the RTÉ television show back in 2015. According to police, the investigation was scrapped because “they failed to find a large group of people outraged” by Fry’s comments, which described God as an “utter maniac.”
After authorities spoke with the man who made the original complaint, they concluded that there was “no injured party” who could justify continuing the investigation.
A well-placed source said: “This man was simply a witness and not an injured party. Gardaí were unable to find a substantial number of outraged people.
“For this reason the investigation has been concluded.”
“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 said to veteran Irish TV presenter Gay Byrne back in 2015.
When Byrne asked Fry what he would say should he reach the Pearly Gates, Fry said, “I would say: ‘bone cancer in children? What’s that about?’”
“How dare you?” Fry continued in his hypothetical conversation with God. “How dare you create a world to which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right, it’s utterly, utterly evil.”
The man told Irish police, also known as the Gardaí, that he had done his “civic duty” by reporting what he thought was a crime.
“I did my civic duty in reporting it. The guards did their duty in investigating it. I am satisfied with the result and I don’t want to comment further.”
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