American Humanist Association (AHA)


American Humanist Association (AHA)

The American Humanist Association advocates progressive values and equality for humanists, atheists and freethinkers in the United States. We work to promote humanism--the idea that you can be good without a god.

Location: Washington, DC
Members: 784
Latest Activity: Jul 11, 2017

AHA Updates

Humanist Press is the publishing house of the American Humanist Association, providing material for the humanist/freethought/atheist market since 1995.

With the largest print book seller in the United States now selling more ebooks than paper books, it was time the freethought movement invested in the future of publishing so that we can remain relevant and accessible to readers in the U.S. and around the globe.

With new ebooks becoming available on a bi-monthly basis, Humanist Press will have a regularly expanding catalog of interest to atheist and agnostic humanists everywhere. Visit


Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

On this website you can find all sorts of information about Charles Darwin and the International Darwin Day Foundation. If you are hosting a Darwin Day event, you can post information about it on our events listing. You can also locate Darwin Day programs near you by searching our events section.

Let Humanism Ring! The American Humanist Association is pleased to announce that its 73rd Annual Conference will be held June 5-8, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Join hundreds of humanists, atheists and freethinkers in Philadelphia for a four-day celebration of humanism! The American Humanist Association will feature informative lectures, book signings, celebrity guests, networking opportunities, child care, fun activities and more!

Book your room early by calling the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel at 1-800-325-3535 (mention the American Humanist Association) or visit the AHA’s Personalized Reservation Page to get the special rate of $169 per night (subject to taxes). Rates increase after May 5, 2014 so reserve now!

More information will be announced soon!

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Comment by Brian Magee on March 5, 2012 at 1:04pm

For those of you coming to the Reason Rally in Washington, DC, on March 24 be sure to stop by our booth so we can welcome you to our city in person! We will be in the main tent and will have goodies to give away. AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt is one of the event's speakers, so be sure to look out for him while enjoying the day's other speakers and entertainers.

We look forward to everyone joining us in our nation's capital!

Comment by Brian Magee on February 29, 2012 at 12:32pm

Take Action: Tell Your Senators to Oppose the Blunt Amendment!


The US Senate is set to consider an amendment that would make all health plans subject to the religious whims of employers. Use our link below to inform your Senators of your opposition.

Comment by Maya on February 28, 2012 at 2:49pm

I just started a petition to have Judge Mark Martin investigated for judicial misconduct for ignoring evidence of an attack by a Muslim on an atheist:

If you haven't heard about the story yet:

Please share this petition.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 27, 2012 at 1:35pm

The Truth About America's Religious Heritage

Religious conservatives often disingenuously claim governmental references to God are merely to "acknowledge our religious heritage." AHA president David Niose takes a close look at that heritage in his Psychology Today blog.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 27, 2012 at 7:31am

From the latest Humanist Network News, comedian and atheist Troy Conrad writes a hilarious piece on his time as a Scientologist. (They really do hate aspirin, believe in Xenu, and work for no money.)

Comment by Brian Magee on February 25, 2012 at 9:55am

On Sunday afternoon (between 12 and 1 EST), AHA president David Niose will be on the Fox News Channel to discuss the equal protection lawsuit challenging "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. This should be interesting!!

Comment by Brian Magee on February 24, 2012 at 1:11pm

The Voice of Kurt Vonnegut: Audio Recording of 1992 Humanist of the Year Acceptance Speech

From the AHA archives, we hope you enjoy the official audio recording of the late prolific author and past AHA honorary president Kurt Vonnegut as he accepts the 1992 Humanist of the Year award. The title of his speech is, “Why My Dog is Not a Humanist.”

Comment by Harlem Humanists on February 24, 2012 at 12:28pm

The NYC event for the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers will be in Harlem. In fact the next closes promoted events are in D.C and Philadelphia. So this is serving the whole Tri-State (NY,NY & CT) area.


We're putting a special twist on our usual Mind Food + "Soul Food" combo. The details will interest you!

CFI-Harlem/Harlem Humanists will be gathering on Sunday February 26th to celebrate Day of Solidarity for Black Non-believers. This is a time to get together and enjoy bright minds and warm personalities. There's a noble story of freethought from within the African American and Pan-African tradition. This is a chance to connect with this tradition and each other. We'll begin at 1pm. The place is 583 Riverside Dr. in the "Brick Room". It's free. Just e-mail ( or call (646-820-CFIH) for all the details." RSVP if you can.

See you there. Regardless, please share this in the next two days with all you think will be interested. 

Comment by Brian Magee on February 23, 2012 at 12:02pm

Happy Human tattoo!



One of our Facebook friends, Ashley Decker, shared this picture with us so we thought we'd share it here, too!

Comment by Brian Magee on February 22, 2012 at 12:38pm

Were These U.S. Presidents Really Humanists?

Steve Major, the development associate for the AHA, explores the potential humanism of U.S. presidents.

How many humanist presidents have there already been? Officially, zero.

All 44 United States Presidents have claimed, in one form or another, to be Christian. Alas, even during the era of our nation’s founding fathers, in which reason was held up as one of mankind’s highest ideals, the voting public has largely agreed that electing a non-theist would be morally identical to raising Osama bin Laden from the dead and proclaiming him our emperor. 

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