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Watch: Stephen Fry Has a Bone to Pick with God


Gay comedian, writer, ardent atheist and all-around wit has a bone to pick with God, and no it isn’t that one that according to Genesis, made womankind from Adam’s rib. Fry is having none of that “nonsense”

On the Irish program, “The Meaning of Life, ” as reported by the Daily Beast, Fry was asked by Gay Byrne what he would say if “confronted by God” in the afterlife. Fry responded, “Bone cancer in children? What is that about? How dare you! How dare you create a world where there is such misery that is not our fault. It’s not right. 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.”

Byrne asked Fry if he could get in with such a response, and Fry said he wouldn’t want to get through the pearly gates; “I wouldn’t want to get in on his terms. They’re wrong.”

If, however, it were a case of the Olympian gods, Fry would have more to discuss and excuse because these deities didn’t pretend to be greater than humans in “their appetites, in their capriciousness and in their unreasonableness. They didn’t present themselves as being all-seeing, all-wise, all-kind, all beneficent, because the god that created this universe, if it was created by god, is quite clearly a maniac…. utter maniac, totally selfish.”

Stephen Fry, at the age of 57, married young standup comedian Elliot Spencer. Spencer’s father, who like Fry, is 57 was “over the moon” about the news. Fry’s friends note that he has a “new lust for life.”

Fry’s mother, was named Marianne Eve Fry, her maiden name was Neumann, and Marianne’s parents, Martin and Rosa, emigrated to Britain in 1927. Martin and Rosa’s parents were both sent to concentration camps and most of his family on his mother’s side perished in the Holocaust.

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