Since the dawn of time religion has brought violence into the world. After centuries of this, some thinkers finally figured out that we need to change things. Then came the new ideas: Utopias, worlds without exploitation, equality—but the new ideas weren’t perfect. Some of these ideas evolved under secular governments and eventually became the horrors of communism.
So, dogmatic religion makes the world worse, but so does dogmatic atheism. What should we do? We need a different methodology, one that combines morality and skepticism with an aversion to dogmatism. This would be humanism. Humanists are often atheists, but not all atheists are humanists.
The word atheist simply means not believing in a god. It says absolutely nothing else about a person definition wise. I will continue to identify as an atheist and use the word, but I realize it only describes one thing about a person. Sadly, I need to go a step further and identify as a humanist in order to distinguish myself from the atheists who went a step further, and identified themselves as dogmatists.