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: Jun 10

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 May 3, 2012 at 2:50pm

The New Orleans Secular Humanist Association had a request approved by the New Orleans City Council to issue a proclamation recognizing the National Day of Reason!

The NOSHA group ( is also playing host to the AHA's upcoming convention ( in New Orleans June 7-10 .

Comment by Brian Magee on May 3, 2012 at 1:27pm

The Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics successfully asked Mayor Athony R. Foxx to issue a proclamation supporting the National Day of Reason!

The website for the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics, an AHA affiliate, is

Comment by Brian Magee on May 1, 2012 at 3:55pm

Humanist magazine photo contest winners

The Humanist magazine photo contest was a success! Readers took us with them to places near and far (and hopefully left some copies behind for unwitting humanists to peruse). Featured here are the first and second place winners, as well as an honorable mention. We’ll announce another contest soon, so be sure to take the Humanist with you when you travel, and bon voyage!

Image is the 1st Place winner!

PHOTO BY: Kristen N. Stehel
Elaine Ball reads the Humanist outside the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah

Comment by Sarah Walton on April 18, 2012 at 6:18pm

Brian: I didn't even know about this. Thank you! I signed the petition and endorsed the event.

Comment by Brian Magee on April 18, 2012 at 12:58pm

The National Day of Reason website has undergone some major improvements and is now better than ever!

Visit the site to add your local NDoR event to the calendar, sign a petition to President Obama asking him to issue a NDoR proclamation, and find out more about the National Day of Reason!

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?


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