British actor and comedian Stephen Fry on Jan. 9, 2015
Comedian Stephen Fry under police investigation for blasphemy after calling God an "utter mania"
LONDON — Police in Ireland are refusing to comment on a blasphemy complaint and investigation involving British comedian Stephen Fry.
The inquiry came to light when the Irish Independent newspaper reported Saturday that a member of the public had contacted police about remarks Fry made in 2015 to Irish broadcaster RTE.
The individual told the newspaper it was his duty to complain under the Defamation Act, which makes blasphemy a crime punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros ($37,500.)
In the interview, Fry was asked what he would say if he were confronted by God.
He replied: “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.
“Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world that is so full of injustice and pain?
“We have to spend our life on our knees thanking him? What kind of god would do that?
“The god who created this universe, if it was created by god, is quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish.”
Police say they won’t comment on an ongoing investigation.
Fry’s agent, Christian Hodell, didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.