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Stephen Fry’s viral rant against God has been nominated for a prestigious broadcasting award

Actor/activist Stephen Fry went viral last year thanks to an interview he gave where he said God would have to be an “evil, capricious, monstrous maniac.”

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Actor/activist Stephen Fry went viral last year thanks to an interview he gave where he said God would have to be an “evil, capricious, monstrous maniac.” The segment has been shortlisted for the Interview of the Year award from the Sanford St. Martin Trust, an organization that celebrates excellence in religious broadcasting.

Fry appeared on “The Meaning of Life,” an Irish show, where celebrities discuss the role of religion in their lives. He was asked by host Gay Byrne what he would say to God if he met him after death.

“I’d say, ‘bone cancer in children? What’s that about? How dare you. 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,'” Fry said. “Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world that is so full of injustice and pain? That’s what I would say… 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?”

After the interview was broadcast on Ireland’s RTE network, the video of Fry’s most scathing comments on God went viral, featuring a wide range of responses and is now shortlisted for the 2016 Sanford St. Martin Trust award for Interview of the Year with six other religion-themed interviews.

Although it may seem strange that suggesting God is evil would get you nominated for a religious award, the Sanford St. Martin Trust is focused on starting a discussion on faith. The awards celebrate media portrayals of all faiths, including atheism.

Although Fry has not yet responded to the nomination, he was “astonished” by the attention his remarks generated.

Watch the video below:

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  1. BobF

    March 23, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I agree – just remember to include Allah when talking about god and whatnot.

  2. Kathy Gray

    March 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    There is NO such thing as God or Allah, or Yahweh, or Jupiter or Zeus or any others, never was never will be.

  3. BobF

    March 23, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Agreed! But the PC crowd often doesn’t want to offend one group’s deity…

  4. Tom Moe

    March 24, 2016 at 10:46 am

    You all have your opinions. That is fine. However, no one is open to the possibility that they might be wrong. I find that atheism continually is based upon people unhappy because God doesn’t allow them to supervise Him. If we understand free will there is a great possibility that there also has to be bone cancer in children.

  5. Simon Peters

    March 24, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Why bother to be so right on? Everyone knows that the name of God varies from religion to religion. You’re making a non-point. Don’t.

  6. Simon Peters

    March 24, 2016 at 11:56 am

    ‘Free will’ has nothing to do with it. However your first point that everyone is entitled to their opinion is absolutely correct. I remember a dyslexic atheist friend of mine who denied the existence of Dog.

  7. BobF

    March 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    My only point, Simon, was that this fear of offending Muslims (aren’t you Charlie Hebdo?) should not stop one from pointing out ALL versions of god are BS

  8. Tom Moe

    March 24, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Simon, your joke is from the 70’s and your thinking is missing. If God steps in and takes away harm then we are no longer in free will. In a free will setting you choose your actions and accept the consequences. If someone chooses to harm you and God stops it then it is not a free will universe. If cancer develop and God steps in to keep a child from getting sick there is tampering of free will. We live in a free will universe. In a world where the “lion lies down with the lamb” there must be a God who intervenes. A world with an intervening God does not have free will.

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