An interview in which Stephen Fry denounces God as “utterly evil, capricious and monstrous” is shortlisted for an award to celebrate excellence in religious broadcasting, The Guardian newspaper reports.
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The Fry interview appeared on Ireland’s RTE television in February 2015. The broadcaster was asked what he would say to God if he met him, and he replied: “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 which is so full of injustice and pain?”
Fry added that he would ask God: “Bone cancer in children? What’s that about?
The competition winners are due to be announced at a ceremony at Lambeth Palace, in London, on June 8.