It has been quite a few years since I've checked in on this forum. Since then, I had returned to the JREF forums, now the ISF, under the username Frozenwolf150 in 2013. I was active there for a couple years, and even managed to win TLA once for a poem mocking Islamophobia. However, I had to leave in early 2015 because other projects demanded my attention, and because of frequent harassment by atheist-bigots, of all people. They apparently felt I was too tolerant, and would insult me because I didn't share their prejudice.
This just goes to show how broad and nonspecific the term "atheist" can be, which is why I identify as secular humanist / humanist. It does not mean you share the same worldview, ideals, or moral philosophy as other atheists. It does not mean you stand for the same things either. It's just as broad as if someone were to identify at "theist" which could mean just about anything. I have long stood for religious tolerance, freedom, and education, without which I could not hold my own beliefs or lack thereof. I think for myself and allow others the freedom to do the same.
I had planned on staying out of the online skeptic community for a while because I found myself spending undue amounts of time reading and responding to various topics on the ISF. However, after the events of the past year and a half, and the path my country is heading down now, I simply can't remain silent. Make no mistake, this election was not a repudiation of the religious right. Christian evangelicals voted overwhelmingly for Trump because Mike Pence, one of the most extremist and virulently homophobic politicians in the US, was on the ticket. Hate crimes against Muslims have been on the rise, and the Muslim ban carried out by executive order is a perfect example of irrational religiously motivated hatred. It looks like the fundamentalists have found their new champion.
I understand that my views are not shared by a lot of other nonbelievers, but that's okay, because people are free to disagree without hatred or violence. I believe that the best way to combat religious extremism is to work together with peaceful members of various religious communities, to have an open dialogue with them, to educate others, and to show that beneath the labels that may divide us, we're all still human beings who want the same things. I've had friends of many different religions, and have found that we have more in common than not.
In the time since I've last been here, I've been pursuing my interests of writing, poetry, and art. I had posted quite a few of my poems on the ISF when I was active there. I've also delved into political cartoons, for which there have been plenty of material as of late. I wouldn't mind sharing some here if that's okay.