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 20, 2012 at 1:54pm

AHA Exec. Dir. Roy Speckhardt has been asked again tp participate in US News & World Report's Debate Club. The topic this time around is the Violence Against Women Act.

Click on the link to vote your approval in the debate!

Comment by Brian Magee on March 19, 2012 at 12:37pm

Time to Diversify the Judiciary

by Roy Speckhardt

The federal judiciary is receiving a lot of attention recently, especially since the Supreme Court is set to determine the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the very near future. This decision, pooled with the recent scuffle over the contraceptive care mandate issued by the Obama Administration, has propelled the judicial branch to the forefront of everyone's minds.

With this increased visibility comes a reminder that the federal judiciary is a vital institution with extraordinary power over our laws and their application. This power necessitates that those who serve as federal judges are impartial defenders of our Constitution and staunch protectors of our civil rights and liberties.

To read the rest of this "A Humanist View" article by AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt, click here.

Roy Speckhardt is executive director of the American Humanist Association where he actively promotes the humanist perspective on progressive political issues. He's appeared on CNN Headline News, Fox News, numerous national radio shows, and has spoken to dozens of local humanist groups across the country. He also serves as a board member of the Humanist Institute and the United Coalition of Reason and as an advisory board member of the Secular Student Alliance. He holds an M.B.A. from George Mason University and a B.A. in sociology from Mary Washington College. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Comment by Brian Magee on March 15, 2012 at 9:55am

Here is the video of Daniel Dennett's talk at the 2012 Darwin Day event "Darwin on the Palouse" at Washington State University.

Comment by Brian Magee on March 14, 2012 at 2:08pm

Remember that Humanist Network News, our weekly e-zine, contains a humanist crossword puzzle in most issues.

Here's the latest, called Imagine There's No Heaven:

Comment by Steph S. on March 14, 2012 at 10:24am

I would love to attend the Reason Rally this year!

Comment by Brian Magee on March 13, 2012 at 1:51pm

Appeal to Freethinkers to Fight Cancer



With a goal of raising $1 million, Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) is proud to announce they are now a "Special Friend" team partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for their Light The Night Walks. They will be the rallying point around which local freethought, atheist, and secular humanist groups will form teams to participate in Light the Night Walks.

Comment by Brian Magee on March 12, 2012 at 1:20pm

Framing Humanism, or How to Win the Culture War

By Andy Norman

When you self-identify as a humanist, you assume certain risks. For example, a frightened fundamentalist may seek to scapegoat you for the secularizing effects of modernity.  This risk is specific to humanism, but other risks are generic. Any label can be used to typecast someone—that much goes with the territory—but there is another, more potent risk. When you share the news that you’re a humanist, people are apt to respond by asking “What’s that?” If you don’t have a coherent and ready answer, you look inarticulate and superficial. Aware of this risk, billions of humanists avoid daily opportunities to self-identify, thereby bypassing wonderful opportunities to discuss and promote our cause. This “identity-avoidance” is a very real phenomenon, and it could be our movement’s biggest obstacle.

You can read the rest of Andy Norman's most recent article in his Brainstormin' series from Humanist Network News here.

Comment by Brian Magee on March 8, 2012 at 12:34pm

In this month's episode of the Humanist Hour, Jes Constantine heads to Cranston, RI to hear the local residents, students, and teachers voice their opinion about the Cranston High School West prayer banner. Also, listen to Ellery Schempp tell the story of his landmark US Supreme Court case from over 50 years ago, ruling government sanctioned prayer unconstitutional.

Hosts Jes Constantine and Todd Stiefel also discuss the recent announcement that Foundation Beyond Belief is now a "Special Friend" team partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for their Light The Night Walks. The goal is to unite the Freethought Movement around the world to raise one million U.S. Dollars in 2012. This would make us the first team in LLS history to bring in more than $1,000,000 in their first year!

For complete details on this program, visit

Comment by Brian Magee on March 7, 2012 at 3:55pm

Working with the group Humanists of the Palouse (, here is our latest billboard, this one near Moscow, ID.

Comment by Brian Magee on March 6, 2012 at 3:48pm

Humanist literature now available for new military enlistees

New enlistees are exposed to an imposing new culture as they enter the military. For decades, the Gideons have been treating them to a good Christian introduction. Good for the Gideons for taking care of their people. For the first time, enlistees will see that it’s ok if you’re not Christian. Humanist enlistees now have access to “Living Well Through Secular Humanism,” a publication of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers introducing humanism as a positive, science-based, and ethical life stance for nontheists.

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