Irish Police Drop ‘Blasphemy’ Investigation for Terrible Reason

The police in Ireland have dropped their investigation into “blasphemy” committed by Stephen Fry on television, but for a very bad reason. They say they just couldn’t find enough people who were outraged by what he said, as if that should be even a tiny bit relevant.

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An Irish police investigation into allegedly blasphemous comments made by Stephen Fry has been dropped after detectives decided there were not enough people who had been outraged by the remarks.

Police launched an investigation into the presenter, author and comedian after he described God as “capricious”, “mean-minded”, “stupid” and an “utter maniac” during an appearance on Irish television show “The Meaning of Life” in February 2015.

The comments were widely reported but did not become a legal matter until a man complained last year, prompting a police enquiry.

Stephen Fry faces blasphemy probe after saying God is ‘utter maniac’

Under Irish law, it is illegal to use words that are “grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred to any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion”.

And therein lies the problem. I don’t care if every single adherent of a religion is outraged over what he said, that should have no bearing whatsoever on his right to say it. Don’t like what he said? Tough. Deal with it. And then shut the hell up. It isn’t the government’s job to protect your religious beliefs from criticism.

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After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.