A VIEWER in the Republic of Ireland has complained to the Garda that comments made by Stephen Fry on a TV show were blasphemous.
It was two years ago that whilst being interviewed by veteran Irish presenter Gay Byrne on ‘The Meaning of Life’ he made some remarks about God saying “Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world…. full of injustice?”
According to newspaper the Irish Independent, a member of the public formally complained about the content of the show soon after it was broadcast and now 26 months later, Irish police have reportedly contacted Mr Fry to question him.
The investigation could result in the first ever prosecution under the Irish Defamation Act 2009 which carries a maximum fine of €25,000.
Soon after making his appearance on the programme, 59-year-old Fry (who has a Jewish mother but grew up in a non-religious background) commented on tweeted criticism by claiming to be “astonished” and had not targeted any particular religion but was giving a personal opinion.