August 24 in freethought history…

stephenfryAugust 24, 1957 – Actor and comedian Stephen Fry is born in Hampstead, United Kingdom. During his (thus far) 34-year career, Fry has shown himself to be an accomplished entertainer in theatre, movies, television, radio and more. He is also an outspoken activist for atheism, humanism and gay rights. In 2009, he participated in a televised debate (with Christopher Hitchens at his side), arguing that the Catholic Church did more harm than good. (They won.) In 2015, Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne asked Fry what he would say if he found himself face-to-face with God, and was taken aback when Fry responded, “Bone cancer in children, what’s that about? How dare you? How dare you create a world where there is such misery that’s not our fault? It’s utterly, utterly evil.” Fry is a “Distinguished Supporter” of the British Humanist Association, and was presented Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism by Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.

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