Tuesday 26 September 2017

'Mortified' Hozier slams garda blasphemy probe of Stephen Fry over Meaning of Life comments

Hozier on The Meaning of Life
Hozier on The Meaning of Life

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Take Me To Church singer Hozier has admitted to being "mortified" after hearing that comments made by English actor Stephen Fry are to be investigated by gardai under the blasphemy law.

The Co Wicklow musician was one of many to voice their concerns over the investigation into Mr Fry's comments during an RTE show in 2015.

At the weekend Independent.ie revealed that a garda investigation has been launched into the comments after a member of the public made a report.

Mr Fry described God as "capricious", "mean-minded" and "stupid" during an interview with legendary Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne on his Meaning Of Life programme.

Hozier was interviewed by Gay Byrne for The Meaning of Life. Pic: RTE
Hozier was interviewed by Gay Byrne for The Meaning of Life. Pic: RTE

"Christ on a bike. Mortified by this. Feel free to report TMTC [Take Me To Church]. Would you believe it's not about going to church," Hozier said online.

Mr Byrne was contacted by the Herald over the issue, but said it would be "inappropriate" to comment given an investigation is ongoing.

Gay Byrne and Stephen Fry during their appearance on 'The Meaning of Life'
Gay Byrne and Stephen Fry during their appearance on 'The Meaning of Life'

It is understood that Mr Fry will not be commenting for similar reasons. The law was introduced in January 2010 as part of the Defamation Act by then justice minister Dermot Ahern.

The maximum punishment for the offence is a fine of €25,000. The law prohibits the "publishing or uttering [of] matter that is grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters sacred by any religion, thereby intentionally causing outrage among a substantial number of adherents of that religion".

During the show, comedian and actor Fry was asked what he would say if confronted by God at the pearly gates.

Mr Fry, an atheist, replied: "How dare you create a world in which there is such misery? It's 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?" He went on to say that, if he was met by the Greek gods, he would accept them quicker because, "they didn't present themselves as being all-seeing, all-wise, all-beneficent".

He added: "Because the God who created this universe, if it was created by God, is quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish."

 

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