Fry's response was: "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 Greek gods "didn't present themselves as being all seeing, all wise, all beneficent", adding "the god who created this universe, if it was created by god, is quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish".
That's straight talk to be sure, but if we're honest, who hasn't shared these thoughts as we've experienced or witnessed the unfairness and suffering in this world. While we hope we won't stay here, we all want to know where God when tragedy and loss strikes.
By all accounts Fry is a good, kind, and compassionate person. I may not agree with him in the end, I can't imagine that any useful purpose will be served by charging him with the crime of blasphemy.
What do you think?