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Things I love:
Science, NPR, dogs, fashion, power tools, Cloverdale, CA (aka Mayberry), my new home in the aforementioned Cloverdale, sushi, playing my piano, techy-geeky stuff, supporting meaningful causes (e.g. T|A), cycling, traveling, meeting new people, sailing, kayaking, Scrubs, Richard Dawkins, Byron Katie, Jason Mraz, the Indigo Girls...and Morgan Matthew for creating this site and all of you for joining it!! Well, the last few items on the list aren't things, they're people, but is love, right?! I'm an atheist and extend love for the sheer joy of it, not because some God supposedly mandates it. That's true altruism, not the fake stuff inspired by religions.
Why are you here?
To meet other atheists and to be a vital part of an atheist community with the intent to promote atheism on a larger scale than is currently considered acceptable. Richard Dawkins believes that a critical mass will turn the tide in this country; thus, making "coming out of the closet" about being an atheist much easier. I'm just trying to be that 100th monkey.
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Why you left your religion.
I grew up in an EXTREMELY fundamentalist Christian environment (German Lutheran, Missouri Synod) and was brainwashed from as early as I can remember. At 14, I started asking my mother questions she could only answer with "I don't know but God says it's good/bad/not understandable-by-our-fallible-limited-human-minds", etc. These answers were unacceptable to a thinking and questioning mind, and thus began a long and painful process of debrainwashing,

I had no guidance, support, or examples of how one goes about doing such a thing. For many years, my freedom from religion was so tenuous I could barely stand to be in the same room with a Christian. I studied and dabbled in all kinds of multifarious spiritual practices in an effort to fill the void left by a dogmatic, controlling religion. Fear runs rampant in many Christian minds, and mine was no exception.

I'm over all that now, thankfully, and marvel that I ever believed such nonsensical fairy tales (which never ended well if you happened to be female, incidentally). To be fair, I suppose there was also a time early in my intellectual development when I truly believed in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and yes, I did put a coin under my pillow as a little girl for the Tooth Fairy.

As I was working towards a degree in Chemistry/Biology (graduated in '99) my intellectual understanding of Life and the Universe evolved and supported me in taking baby steps towards atheism...As in, agnosticism at first (my crutches), then atheism (the Final Boldly Go Where Not Many Have Gone least not in this country).

That's how I ended up here and honestly, I am a very happy atheist! It has taken a long time for my mind to let go of the story that I need to know why we are here, what happens to us after we die, blah, blah, blah. I am convinced that once I'm dead, I won't care about any of that since I'll be, well, dead! So, I'm enjoying myself and life right now. I highly recommend it! And you all are great! I am really, really loving being here and getting to know you guys. Thanks for being here and for reading my story. <3

Visit Think Atheist This science fair winner from the Fellowship Batist Creation Science Fair 2001 really helped me to understand myself better: 2nd Place: "Women Were Designed For Homemaking" Jonathan Goode (grade 7) applied findings from many fields of science to support his conclusion that God designed women for homemaking: physics shows that women have a lower center of gravity than men, making them more suited to carrying groceries and laundry baskets; biology shows that women were designed to carry un-born babies in their wombs and to feed born babies milk, making them the natural choice for child rearing; social sciences show that the wages for women workers are lower than for normal workers, meaning that they are unable to work as well and thus earn equal pay; and exegetics shows that God created Eve as a companion for Adam, not as a co-worker.
I have salary parity in my career and I don't have any babies, so does that mean I'm really a dude?!...Such logic brought me here, to this site...;)

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Defending The Faith, And Morality, Of NonBelievers

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 11:00pm 2 Comments

Check out the link at the bottom of this post to listen to the interview from Fresh Air today on NPR:

Humanism--the belief that ethics and morality can be vested in rationality, rather than a supernatural deity--might sound like a departure from faith communities and culture, but according to Greg Epstein, it doesn't have to be.

In his new book, Good Without God: What A Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe, Greg Epstein responds to challenges against humanism that spring… Continue

In case of Rapture, who will take care of your pets?

Posted on June 13, 2009 at 3:30am 5 Comments

This is one of the funniest blogs I think I've ever seen, courtesy of Mark Pogue:

Check out the posts in response to it, as well...They are hysterical!! Thanks, Mark!

Chelsea's Coming Out Story

Posted on May 15, 2009 at 2:30pm 15 Comments

Morgan inspired me to share my Moment of Truth story! I hope it resonates with some of you and that you find it interesting and helpful in your own process.

I grew up in an EXTREMELY fundamentalist Christian environment (German Lutheran, Missouri Synod) and was brainwashed from as early as I can remember. At 14, I started asking my mother questions she could only answer with "I don't know but God says it's good/bad/not understandable-by-our-fallible-limited-human-minds", etc. These… Continue

The Art of Living...timely for all you grads! Congratulations!!!

Posted on May 4, 2009 at 4:07pm 2 Comments

This was on NPR today and I thought all you grads might find it especially interesting and inspiring:

The Art of Living

How does one craft a truly meaningful life? What can we learn from the great philosophers on how to live well and beautifully, even when faced with adversity? We ask the big existential questions as we examine the art of living.

Host: Michael Krasny


Joshua Landy, associate professor of French, founder and co-director of the Literature and… Continue

Latest hot read for hundreds is the Bible

Posted on May 3, 2009 at 9:26pm 5 Comments
My mother sent me the actual article, and I found it online to share with ya'll...Truly disturbing.
Here's an excerpt: It's a book awash in blood, teeming with psychosexual drama and rife with supernatural occurrences, yet the Bible is seldom read like a novel, beginning to end.
They advocate reading the Bible like fiction but treating it like nonfiction. How ludicrous!

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At 12:52pm on February 22, 2014, Glen L said…

Thanks.  We need more bikini pictures.

At 2:24am on December 28, 2010, Gaytor said…
Hey, you are back! I'm glad to see you around again!
At 1:05pm on November 12, 2010, CJoe said…
Chelsea... Twitter just suggested I follow you and I was like... CHELSEA! Where have you been?? :)
At 3:08pm on July 14, 2010, GEORGE PEDRAJA said…
Noah's Arks I see, as there must be three, one for all the animals and He, other one for food and drink plus one for dinosaurs with all the stink.
At 1:01am on May 4, 2010, Gaytor said…
Hey Lady, you've been a bit MIA. I hope that all is well and you are MIA for great "life" reasons!
At 5:35am on January 25, 2010, Jim Valentine said…
Hi Chelsea!
At 12:33pm on January 16, 2010, eddyizm said…
hi! thanks for the add chelsea!
At 9:23pm on December 22, 2009, Jacqueline Sarah Homan said…
I Chelsea :) If you liked my blog "The Best Kept Secret", you will really like my books Divine Right: The Truth is a Lie (this one is available on Kindle as well as hard copy) and you might also enjoy Classism For Dimwits. My tendency to "tell it like it is" in my writing is something people either love or hate.
At 2:23am on December 19, 2009, Reggie said…
Thanks, Chelsea!
At 10:36pm on December 16, 2009, Nikko said…
Haha! Awesome!! Thanks!

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