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Webmistress and her little dog As far back as I can remember I've been an atheist. My dear Mother tried to indoctrinate me by sending me to Sunday School a time or two, but in hindsight I think she was more interested in getting all us kids out of her hair for a few blessed hours of peace and quiet more than whether we converted to any particular belief structure.

I was raised on Grimm's Fairy Tales, and other fascinating stories about Greek Gods, Indian Ghosts, dinosaurs and dragons. By the time I got around to Bible stories my skeptic brain had already begun to form.

Having a skeptical outlook in a society steeped in religion makes for a fairly lonely life. And, while I felt awkward and ill at ease mingling with overtly religious people I never could "go there" and just "join in the fun," as it were.

I both envied and resented the social lives of my religious friends and when I had children I encouraged them to go to Sunday School, sing in Church Choir and partake in Church activities. Sigh...If I had only known about Unitarian Universalism.

In my layman's way of thinking, even the UU was just another church. The only public atheist I'd ever heard of was Madalyn Ohair and 'everybody' hated her. I too was an atheist...so I just ignored all of it (religion/everything related) and went about my life, loves and career.

Then, in 1989, my spouse pointed out a tiny article in the Sacramento Union (now defunct) about a convention held by C.O.D.E.S.H. the Council for Democratic and Ethical Secular Humanism.

I'd never heard of secular humanism before but from the description of the philosophy in the article I instantly knew I could shove aside the "bad" atheist moniker and actually proclaim in public that I am a Humanist!

I dove into the Secular Humanist movement as though it were a welcoming sweet water well in the heart of Death Valley!

I think I contacted each and every Humanist group in this country and subscribed to all their newsletters.

I wrote letters to the editor and argued with the conservative voices in the Sacramento Union newspaper. Ah, those were the years!

Ken Nahigian also wrote many letters to the editor so it was inevitable that we should meet - and what an incredible sweetie he is too!

I also joined the local Humanist group here in Sacramento (HAGSA). As I learned about the Internet and how to create web sites, it was only natural that I would apply the same zeal in discovering Humanism to web site design.

As the Secular Web, Internet Infidels, AOF, Sac-AU and Project Tocsin came about I gathered them all up and bundled them in the SFW so everyone in Sacramento would have a chance to learn about these wonderful groups.

Today if anyone asks what I believe, I tell them as an atheist, I use my brain and develop opinions and beliefs based upon realistic data and good old common sense!

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My favorite links

Sacramento CA
Howstuffworks Is there a difference between monkeys and apes
Word Origins History of words
Websites of Humanist, Freethought, Atheist, Secularist, Rationalist, Skeptics, Church/State Separation, and First Amendment Organizations
In the Spirit of Humanity
Banned Books Online
Banned and Controversial Books & Tapes
About.Com Excellent Freethought Current Events page!
Black Atheists - The Infidel guy!
National Women's History Project
The Celebrity Atheist List
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy"
Anton Thorn's Objectivist Atheology
Freethought Association of West Michigan
Atheist Coalition
Great Lakes Humanist Society
Minnesota Atheists
Atheist Community of Austin
Minnesota Atheists,
Atheist Community of Austin
Humorous Atheist Quotations
Council for Secular Humanism
The Atheism Web
Dan Dugan's Personal Home Page
Gloria Steinem
Women in Technology International (WITI)
The Feminist Majority Foundation Online
MS Foundation for Women
feminist.com (an excellent resource site!)
Salmon River Gazette
Secular Humanism Online
Progressive Humanism- A new Approach to the Humanist Philosophy
Matt Gangemi's Home Page
Infopages - Non Profit and Volunteer Groups
Humanist Hymnal
When Falls the Coliseum
SOAR
Truthseeker.com
Brill's Content Media Watchdog!
In These Times Institute for Public Affairs
Online Journal
Mount Wilson Observatory
Astronomy Sites on the Web
X-Rated Queen Janes Bible
Computer Incident Advisory
Symantec Anti Virus Research Center
Urban Legends Web Site
Urban Legends Reference Pages
Evaluating Internet Research Sources
Evaluation of Information Sources
www.Jesusquest.com Provides a skeptical look at NT criticism and the historical search for Jesus, with the emphasis on skepticism.
Myths Alphabetical list of virus hoaxes, urban legends, myths, and overblown threats
Libertarians for Life
Are religious people "excluded" from practicing their beliefs? Take the Yellow Page Test
James Randi Foundation (skeptical stuff)
To Question is the Answer, James A. Haught, "Challenge supernaturalism in all its forms, from religion to ouija boards"
Evolution/creationism debate (a great site!)
American Ethical Union
Ethical Societies in California
Godless Ethics
The AEU's "Virtual Ethical Society" -- with much more information about Ethical Culture
Washington (DC) Ethical Society
New York Society for Ethical Culture
Secret World of Omens!
Mainstream Option
Information about Islam - of Interest to Atheists
The American Philosophical Association
The worldwide Web Virtual Library: Philosophy
God, the Inner Possession
The Expanding Universe
The Knowable God
Relating to God
Start with Yourself
Of Science & GodOther Readings:
The Shroud of Turin
Ecumenical Miracle Rosary (Learn How to Pray!)
A course in Miracles "change flawed mental attitues to proper ones"
What Kind of Miracles did Jesus Perform?
Road to Bible Gateway
Challenging the Holy See
Antichrist Public Service Announcements
The Interfaith Alliance
Islamic Monitor
Science Christianity United The Bottom LIne
Society for the TEN COMMANDMENTS Be sure to read the rambling diatribe: Exposing the Atheist!
The Interfaith Alliance
Unitarian Universalist website's Bulletin Board
America's Real Religion
Pantheism: A History
The Perils of Faith
Religious Studies Internet Links
The Word of God in English
COOL SCIENCE
NASA K-12 Internet Initiative - "Quest" Features Pathfinder mission to Mars and NASA's on-line Educational Resources
Hot Big Bang
Mount Wilson Observatory
NASA Shuttle Web STS 80 - Daily Updates NASA's Daily Update Page on Current Space Shuttle Missions
NASA's Cassini Project The Cassini Voyage to Saturn October 1997
NSSDC - National Space Science Data Center
JPL Robotics
Navy NRL Solar Physics Branch
SOHO - Solar and Heliospheric Observatory
NASA SDAC - Solar Data Analysis Center
NASA Kennedy Space Center Home Page
NASA Planetary Mission Projects
Freethought Debater focuses on assessing the actual atheism v. theism and evolution v. creation debates.
Creation "Science" Debunked:
Creation Science
Creationism v/s Evolution
Bored.Com
The Weird Wild Web many strange links
Typhoid Mary's Asylum A very gothic place.
Museum of Unnatural HistoryBecause inquiring minds want to know.
The Theory of Incomplete Design
Area 51 Source Page
International Society for UFO Research
BUFORA - On-Line
National UFO Reporting Center
UFO Sweden

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