I am an agnostic secular humanist. In recent years, I have attended meetups with freethinkers/atheist s/agnostics and find them really decent, interesting and intelligent people (in spite of their heavy beer-drinking). Things that I value highly: logic, reason, compassion, social justice, community. If we had a SHJ.org (google it) congregation here in extreme far-right bible-belt Kansas, I would be a member. But since we don't, I reside here as a misfit of sorts. I continue, as I always have, to respect, cherish and enjoy Jewish culture and my Jewish roots. Although Bar Mitzvahed, if I walk into a synagogue nowdays at all, it would be to debate the notion of "God" with the omnipotent rabbi and/or willing congregants or just to socialize and/or sample good rughlach. I respect other people's enjoyment and need for "faith" but I no longer prioritize what "God" may want me to do over my sense of logic and reason as balanced by heart and care for other living beings. I find that works better for me than prayer. I get peace of mind just being a good human being and being there for others in their time of need. I get joy in helping bring about important changes in my community...Going to vote twice a year isn't enough for me anymore. I have recently become more proactive in Moveon.ORG, Mainstream Coalition and the Democratic Party in my home county. At this point in time, however, I am not so optimistic about the positive difference I will be making... In fact, someday soon, per my scientific hypothesis, I may find my efforts here in Kansas fruitless and find myself relocated to a place where there are more open-minded people residing... For the time being my current calling is to be here in Kansas for my wonderful customers, my daughter and my golden retriever and make the best of it.