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 April 17, 2012 at 3:53pm

The AHA is a signatory on a letter from the Interfaith Alliance to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights sent as a followup to a hearing on racial profiling.

The press release from the Interfaith Alliance can be found here.

Comment by Charlies T. Rentz on April 12, 2012 at 8:22pm

How about a collective reason rally in the form of a march on the same day in our 50 state capital cities?

Comment by Brian Magee on April 11, 2012 at 3:51pm

Sarah: There isn't an official discussion thread hosted by the Humanist Institute as of yet, but they are planning on instituting one. So, your suggestion to start one would be the only option at the moment.

Comment by Brian Magee on April 11, 2012 at 3:43pm

The Equal Rights Amendment Finally Arrives

by Roy Speckhardt
Executive Director, American Humanist Association

Today's political climate makes it abundantly clear that American women need to have their rights and freedoms permanently protected through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. New laws and regulations being pushed by the Religious Right are an open violation of every woman's basic dignity by forcing them into a position where they can be legally mistreated.

Several bills were recently introduced by religious political extremists in Congress to restrict women's access to necessary health services, such as the one introduced by Senator Roy Blunt which would have exempted employers from providing contraceptive care to their employees for religious reasons. While Sen. Blunt was unsuccessful, additional legislation would defund reproductive health services and elevate the rights of a fetus over that of a woman. And in Wisconsin several bills were just passed that repealed the state's 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act and degraded health services for women. Members of the Religious Right have cheered at these and other measures which are predicated on an assumption that women are inferior.

To read the rest of this article on Huffington Post, click here.

Comment by Sarah Walton on April 11, 2012 at 11:46am

Brian: Thanks for that link. This looks interesting! Anyone else going to work through the classes? Maybe we could start a discussion thread for folks doing them?

Comment by Brian Magee on April 10, 2012 at 3:39pm

Our wonderful puzzle creator, Dan Mason, has created a special Drop Quotes puzzle inspired by the Reason Rally!

When you meet a bible bully...
How the Reason Rally saved my sanity

My family was riding the Metro back to Bethesda after the Reason Rally. A gang of bible bullies got on the same car we were on. The men, in their 40s, were wearing work clothes adorned with jesus debris: hats, pins, T-shirts, jackets. One was wearing a sash. They were carrying pole sections and the banner they had no doubt proudly displayed to save the Reasonable People at the Rally.

The four men strode into the car bragging loudly about how they had, “Showed them atheists a thing or two.” They took seats in the middle of the car and started congratulating themselves on “Doing god’s work.” (Yeah, the probably would have capitalized god.) No one took the bait. Then they started talking about how much they respected the Amish because they worshipped the gospel and acted in a christian manner. I suggested it was too bad that more people didn't act in a christian manner, whereupon I became the target of their verbal assaults: This was America and they could talk it they wanted to; Who was I to deny their right to their religion? etc. Their noise made any verbal response from me impossible. I waved my hand and pointed at the bible one was carrying. They stopped
shouting for a moment. I showed them a bible verse I had seen in the tent at the Reason Rally. Another atheist used his smart phone and looked it up for me.

Our stop was next. The bullies spent the intervening time trying to find a bible verse they could use to shut me up.

Comment by Richard ∑wald on April 9, 2012 at 2:19pm

Thank you Brian for making sure this group is updated, well done!

Comment by Brian Magee on April 9, 2012 at 1:30pm

The Humanist Institute, an affiliate organization of the American Humanist Association, is pleased to announce a new online course is now available. Philosophy and the Humanist Connection is the Institute’s latest addition to COHE, the Internet’s first website offering interactive courses in humanist thought. 

For more information, click here.

Comment by Brian Magee on April 6, 2012 at 12:33pm

The International Freethought Film Festival has extended the deadline for submission to April 15.

Festivities will run from July 31st to August 5th, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

For information, visit:

Comment by Brian Magee on April 5, 2012 at 1:21pm

A woman has made this humanist box as a gift to someone being confirmed in the Norwegian Humanist Association (they have a secular coming of age ceremony).

You can see the thread with more pictures and explaining how it was made here:


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