I know this clip is a couple of months old, and in it, I know that Stephen Fry doesn’t say much that hasn’t been said many, many times before, but his rebuke of the Catholic church is beautiful and eloquent, and frankly, if he is accepting applications for new fans/stalkers, I would love to put my name on the list. I never heard back from Frank Rich, so I’ve got an opening (in my schedule).
Of course, I am not now, nor have I ever been, a Catholic. But I was raised in a devout, Southern Baptist household, and from what my papist pals tell me, the experience is oddly and unpleasantly similar, only with more rulers to the hand and less green bean casserole. So although I may never have been to catechism class (or whatever they call it), I can entirely identify with what Mr. Fry is saying. Word up, ladies and gentlemen.
FYI, this isn’t Fry’s entire speech, but it’s the best clip I can find on YouTube. The full bit is posted (in un-embeddable form) at DailyMotion.