Given the law concerning blasphemy & libel that's now in effect in Ireland, and this comment on it, a few things occur to me.
Before Christmas, the other half and I went to see the Carols For Godless People show. Overall it was very good, except for the couple of parts where the strongly atheist agenda was evident.
I'm not saying "strongly atheist agenda" as a prelude to announcing that I've become a Born-Again Scientologist or anything. But the thing is, for the last several years I've concluded that my views on religion skewed closest to what I understood of as agnosticism.
Turns out that atheists of the New Humanist variety consider agnostics to think that "there must be something more".
Which doesn't really describe my stance at all. There might be something more, there might not. I'll stick with what can be confirmed through the scientific method up until the point I kick the bucket, and beyond that if by some hiterhto-unknown development there's still a me, I'll make it up as I go along.
The crux of the matter is that religion and/or godliness and/or spirituality are all irrelevant to my life. I really don't care. I don't think about it for any significant amount of time on any kind of regular basis. If someone else needs or wants to believe in some kind of Invisible Sky-Beard, I don't care. I care only when it affects my life, and for the last several years (and the foreseeable future) the only way that happens is if it bleeds over into social or legal policy, or if it's a significant aspect of something I'm reading/watching/listening to.
Disappointingly, I'd hoped that the New Humanist might be an institution (and their magazine a discussion venue) embodying ideals that overlap or concur with my own. Instead it turns out that they veer quite close to the religious groups they claim to oppose when it comes to a lack of tolerance and preachy statements that "everyone else MUST be wrong".
On the positive side, I did discover Baba Brinkman through the Carols For Godless People show, and in particular found out to my delight that his Rap Guide To Evolution is posted as freely-downloadable donationware.
Also, hurrah for a new year and new opportunities. Looks like this 'un will contain a lot more comics work than the last one...