Emblems that describe me

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This page showcases emblems, symbols, glyphs, icons, or signs that describe my beliefs.

Emblem Description
Emblem - Secular Humanist.svg The "Happy Human" logo represents secular humanism, which is the philosophy that people can use science and reason to work together and foster a nurturing successful society without the need for supernatural beliefs like gods or superstitions. I am a strong supporter of secular humanist values and belong to a secular humanist group.
Emblem - Atheism.svg A red letter "A" symbol represents atheism and is based on a concept from Nathanial Hawthrone's book, The Scarlet Letter. Many people endure shaming when they publicly declare themselves an atheist, similar to what happens to the character Hester in the book. By purposely wearing a red "A," atheists are re-appropriating the shame of the word "atheism." I'm proud to be an out atheist and I frequently encounter disapproval and even scorn from other people because of it.
Emblem - Free Speech.svg A blue ribbon symbolizes the importance of the freedom of speech and serves as a reminder that it is always under threat by demagogues, tyrants, and despots, so we must vigilantly protect the right. When minority speech is criminalized, new ideas are stifled, and a society stagnates. A person's right to speak their mind must never be taken away, even if what they say is unpopular, blasphemous, or insulting. This doesn't mean people have to be given a platform at the expense of others, but that their own personal platform can never be taken away.
Emblem - Feminist.svg The purple Venus glyph with a fist symbolizes feminism. To me, feminism means working to ensure that women, who have historically been considered less-than-men, have the same rights and privileges as men. I try to be aware of when women are not being treated with the respect they deserve and actively change my behavior to provide an equal platform even if that means giving up an advantage.
Emblem - Darwin Fish.svg A Darwin fish is a play on the ichthys, a symbol for Christianity. It pokes fun at those Christians who refuse to accept the fact of evolution by adding feet to the fish, showing how science has evolved beyond antiquated religious beliefs. There is a fine line between mockery and satire, and I think this is on the proper side of satire. In addition to evolution, the Darwin fish symbolizes a general approach to learning: go where the evidence takes you, even if it means changing your beliefs.
Emblem - Hacker.svg This symbol depicts a glider from Conway's Game of Life and represents computer hacker culture. In addition to promoting the importance of knowledge in the field of computer science, it also encourages community growth among hackers, and their acceptance in the culture at large. Media frequently stereotypes hackers with various negative attributes, but, like any group, hackers come in all shapes and sizes.
Emblem - Copyleft.svg A reversed copyright symbol, known as copyleft, is a form of licensing where a content creator surrenders their exclusive right to be the sole distributor of their own work under the agreement that their work must always be distributed for free. For example, an artist might create a painting under the copyleft license which means they retain ownership of the art, but anyone can freely copy the painting and use it for their own projects provided they don't try to sell it. Copyleft is a reaction to the failure of the copyright system which continues to strengthen corporate protection at the expense of independent creators.
Emblem - Flying Spaghetti Monster.svg The Flying Spaghetti Monster symbol is another satire of the ichthys, but, rather than promoting science like the Darwin fish, it promotes the importance of the separation of church and state, particularly in public schools. Many religious people demand that their faith be taught as fact in schools, but what if someone believes in a flying spaghetti monster? Must we also teach their faith? That may sound ridiculous to you, but is it anymore ridiculous than talking animals and people living for 1,000 years?
Emblem - Ban Comic Sans.svg The Ban Comic Sans sign is a reaction to the widespread misuse of typefaces, particularly Comic Sans. Professional graphic designers are trained to determine which typeface is proper for a a job while amateurs often pick one essentially at random from the few they have preinstalled on their computer. The sign jokingly suggests banning the typeface all together rather than trying to explain to billions of people when it's appropriate to use Comic Sans. A more important use of the sign is to encourage good font use in graphic design.