In order to quell the personal attacks on myself and people making shit up about my internal motivations I will now explain them to you guys for the second time.
Here is my first explanation:
My avatar isn't vague and meaningless. I got the picture from the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika
. It's a Buddhist symbol, translated to mean "being with higher self". I was born and raised Roman Catholic, but pulled back as I saw how absurd the entire religion/establishment is. For the longest time I've been agnostic/atheist. Lately I've been learning about Buddhism, and felt that it was time to adopt a symbol to show my new-found exploration into alternative ideologies. Plus it was time for the smiley face to go.
As I mention I was born and raised Roman Catholic. I pulled back during 7th/8th grade/entering Highschool. During/after college I became and remained agnostic/atheist for over 10 years. In recent years I have learned just how destructive/horrible the Abrahamic religions are (Christians, Muslims, Jews), and how there is a strong divide between Abrahamic religions and non-Abrahamic religions. I came to learn of the Hindu's which I was unfamiliar, and the Buddhists which I already had a limited knowledge.
On a trip to Las Vegas for a Bachelor Party, I was reading random books on my new Barnes & Noble Nook Glow, and stumbled upon a book about Buddhism. I'm not sure if it was the trip to Sin-City, the words of the book, my experiences throughout the years, the recent Self-immolation by Tibetan Monks, but I had a sense of warmth and glow come about in myself. Upon returning home I was again on CC, and had a sense of urgency to replace my avatar. In an attempt to embody my new experiences and the journey I felt I was undertaking, I changed my avatar to the Non-Nazi Swastika. I was immediately met with intolerance, bigotry, hate, animosity, ignorance, flames, and finally hate mail. I attempted to explain, but was informed there was no appeal.
To this day I continue to fight for freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. As much as I despise the Abrahamic religions, I would never move to ban their symbols.
I have not re-appealed the decision against me as I have been waiting for enough people to vote in this poll so I could get a sense of the community at large. I willfully refused an order from an Admin, and lost my avatar privileges over it. I know I was in the right, as the avatar was fine, so I stood by, and continue to stand by my actions. As a martyr I understand that people will be punished for their faith, and standing by what you believe in doesn't come free; there are costs involved. I fight here not for my avatar privileges, but for the rights of all CC members to show the non-Nazi Swastika without fear of intimidation and reprise. For the rights of all CC members to post without fear of ignorant intolerant people oppressing their right of expression.