Stephen Fry
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Religion

Atheist

28 Jan 2015

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. That’s what I would say.

Stephen Fry said, in an interview on RTE

Stephen Fry
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Political Affiliation

It sounds as if I’m not caring about the misery, and absurdity, vulgarity, the gangster criminality and corruption of the Trump regime and all of that is unquestionable, we all know it’s true and people who don’t are being blind and foolish. [...] They used to say of Hitler that he was the most photographed man in history, and I would say Trump is the most talked about man in history. [...] If I count myself as vaguely leftist which I do. [...] I don’t see the rise of Trump or the rise of Brexit in Britain, I don’t see them as a triumph of the right, I see them as a failure of the left. [...] One of the remarkable things about the British royal family is it’s adaptability, it’s ability to survive, and although it’s preposterous it works terribly well.

Stephen Fry said, in an interview with CBC News

Stephen Fry
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Political Views

I’m many things but above all I’m a moral coward and a social coward and I don’t think I could take the hatred and the dislike of those who disagree with what I said, it’s bad enough on Twitter.

Stephen Fry said, in an interview at ITV News

Summary

Fry could be considered racially Jewish, but he is an atheist. More accurately, he is a humanist.

Fry is liberal, a fair-weather Labour Party supporter, and a gay rights activist.

Editorial

Stephen Fry was born in London, England.

Through his mother, Fry would be considered Jewish.[1] But Fry is an atheist. He even considers mere atheism as insufficient to describe his views. Fry prefers to describe himself as a humanist, glorifying the beauty and potential of the human kind. He says:

We are captains of our soul and masters of our destiny. And we contain any divine fire that there is, divine fire that is fine and great.[2]

Fry is friends and often participated in public debates, speeches, and forums with the late, great atheist Christopher Hitchens. Like Hitchens, Fry is no stranger to heavy criticism of modern religious institutions. His condemnations have included Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. He once said of the Catholic Church:

I genuinely believe that the Catholic Church is not, to put it at its mildest, a force for good in the world…Do you know who would be the last person to ever be accepted as a prince of the church? The Galilean carpenter, that Jew [read: Jesus]. They would kick him out before he tried to cross the threshold. He would be so ill at ease in the church.[3]

Strangely, Fry is sympathetic towards the polytheistic religions, particularly the religion of the ancient Greeks. Fry says they paint a much more realistic picture of the natural world and human nature, being that their gods are "capricious, unkind, malicious mostly, temperamental, envious, and mostly deeply unpleasant."[4]

Politics

Fry is a talented guy. He's eloquent, a good writer, intelligent, inquisitive, and a good actor. He has used all of these things to promote his worldview, both religiously and politically.

One example would be an ad campaign he did with Hugh Laurie on behalf of the British Labour Party that portrayed Tory fat-cats as self-serving tax dodgers. That ad claimed that the Labour Party would close tax loopholes that allowed Britain's wealthiest citizens to get away with billions of pounds of discounts while hammering small business owners and regular citizens.[5]

Later, however, Fry was critical of the Labour Party under Tony Blair for its involvement in the Iraq War and its "Third Way," a doctrine of compromise between disparate liberal and conservative factions. As a result, Fry declined to vote in the 2005 British general elections.[6] Fry was essentially unhappy that Labour was trying to become centrist for the sake of a more functional government.

Fry is gay, and his outspoken nature on gay rights would probably qualify him as a liberal. Take for example his response to a proposed law in Russia that would fine anyone charged with the "spreading information that can damage the health and moral development of underage children, and make them believe that both traditional and gay relationships are normal." Fry said:

Hell's teeth. Something must be done to stop these fantastical monsters. Will talking about Tchaikovsky be banned?[7]

But Fry is still difficult to categorize, as are most thoughtful, intelligent people. He says this problem would bar him from a career in politics:

Firstly, I don't want to be [a politician]. I would rather suck turds for a living. Secondly I can't make my mind up on Big Issues.[8]

Oh, and did I mention his eloquence?

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