Stephen Fry deeply hates God … and the actor-comedian made the extent of his hatred very clear on Irish television this week on The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne.
When Byrne asked him what he would say assuming that God ‘confronted’ him upon his death, the self-confessed atheist replied, ‘I think I’d say, “Bone cancer in children? What’s that about? How dare you. How dare you create a world in which 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 that is so full of injustice and pain?” That’s what I would say.’
When the shocked Byrne warned him that he may not enter heaven with that kind of outburst, Fry shot back, ‘But I wouldn’t want to. I wouldn’t want to get in on his terms. They’re wrong.’
After praising the historical gods of Greece for not parading themselves as ‘all-seeing, all-wise, all-kind, all-beneficent,’ Fry added, ‘The god that 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?’
He ended with, ‘Atheism isn’t just about not believing there’s a God, but on the assumption that there is one, what kind of god is he? It’s perfectly apparent that he is monstrous, utterly monstrous, and deserves no respect whatsoever. The moment you banish him, your life becomes simpler, purer, cleaner, more worth living, in my opinion.’
Hope that he really understands the enormity of his comments.
The full interview airs on Irish television RTE Sunday night.