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Stephen Fry: ‘Being Jewish is Not a Matter of Religion’

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Stephen Fry. Photo: Twitter.

Legendary British actor Stephen Fry asserted on Tuesday that Jewish identity can come irrespective of one’s religious beliefs.

His comments came in a Twitter conversation with follower Julian Storey who questioned why a gay person would identify with Judaism.

Storey wrote, “It puzzles me why any gay person would wish to follow a religion which disapproves of them?” Fry, who is gay and Jewish, responded, “Being Jewish is not a matter of religion: I’m a Jew, but don’t follow judaism.”

Earlier in the day Fry tweeted support for a new LGBT news and opinion site launched by the Jewish News, Britain’s largest Jewish newspaper.

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On Tuesday, the Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows actor also re-affirmed his boycott of the Dorchester Collection Luxury Hotels until anti-gay laws in the southeast Asian state of Brunei are repealed. The chain of iconic hotels is controlled by the Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah through an investment group.

Brueni recently adopted the Islamic Shariah penal code that calls for punishing adultery, abortions and homosexuality with flogging, stoning and other harsh penalties, The Algemeiner previously reported.

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