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: 779
Latest Activity: Nov 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 Joan Denoo on August 12, 2012 at 11:59pm

Jerry, now I am really confused. This is the item that led me to believe you are a Christian:

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on July 21, 2012 at 10:53am

Are Progressives Harming Their Cause by Attacking Organized Religion and People
of Faith?\


or shorter URL:


It is simply false that all (or even most) people of sincere faith — including those who are conservative in their religious commitments — are intrinsically irrational, anti-social, patriarchal, racist, or closed to meaningful dialogue. It is equally false that humanists necessarily see the light and embrace progressive politics. In my case, I am a Christian, a scholar, and for more than 30 years now a socialist who supports public healthcare, gender equality, separation of church and state, environmentalism, and pacifism. My humanist brother reads Ayn Rand, watches Fox News and is a dedicated member of the National Rifle Association. He opposes gun control, is a global warming skeptic and supports expanded use of fossil fuels, including fracking (he owns land in an area where you can scarcely hurl a stone without beaning one or two Chesapeake Energy employees). My brother and I do not conform to the stereotypes, and neither do countless other people.

Comment by Susan Stanko on August 12, 2012 at 4:35pm

I didn't get the impression that you are a Christian.

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 12, 2012 at 2:09pm

I hope nobody got the idea I was a Christian. I never said I was. Somebody took something out of context.

I haven't been a Christian for well over 40 years!

I've identified with Humanism since about 1968. There, now that you all know what an antique I am, you'll be sure to ignor me.



non believer in God or anything supernatural.

Comment by Rich Goss on August 12, 2012 at 1:03pm

“Humanism cannot be considered a religion except insofar as we say "there is no god but Man."

I have a poignant line in my book on this very proposal:    

    Like Beauty in the fairytale she must kiss the Beast and he will turn into a handsome prince.  Humans must embrace the inner being or pneuma of our early evolution and our self image will change from a feeble, fawning creation of an omnipotent god to the gestating spiritual creation of the Earth itself—thereby breaking out of the confines of the Prime Directive.



Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2012 at 11:44am

Jerry, You have stated you are a Christian, yet you share these splendid articles and videos about humanism. I know you to be a kind and gentle man, one who listens and responds to ideas. 
May I ask, what is there about Christianity you value that can't be found in Humanism? Are you not concerned about the ways religion can be used to distort and distract from real issues?

A simple example, why be concerned about woman's right to control her own body, to use contraceptives and family planning and all this fear talk about homosexuality. 

To me the real issues, are human beings flourishing?

Is our country flourishing as a result of our value system? 

Are the economic and political processes so corrupted by fundamentalist religion that our nation and our people live diminished lives because of it? 

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 12, 2012 at 11:09am

Intro. Lesson 1: A Brief Course in Humanism
A Brief course in Humanism COHE: Continuum for Humanist Education

Comment by James M. Martin on August 12, 2012 at 10:32am

@Geraldo: Humanism cannot be considered a religion except insofar as we say "there is no god but Man."  (Lower case and capital intended.)  Religion presupposes a supreme being, a metaphysical deity. 

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 12, 2012 at 10:10am

British Humanist Association
An introduction to Humanism - Dawkins, Grayling, Minchin, Copson, Toynbee, Hasan, Pullman, Margolis
Humanism is sometimes mistaken for a form of religion, or something which is very complex. Here, some well known humanists explain that all humanism really is, is people wanting to live ethical and happy lives, thinking for themselves, without religion imposing its own morals on them which are not necessarily compatible with living ethically today.  

Comment by mojo5501 on August 11, 2012 at 11:09am

RE: David Barton's book.  I am almost finishing reading the book "So Help Me God: The Founding Fathers and the First Great Battle Over Church and State" and its author Forrest Church is a Unitarian.  It is a well written account of how Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison and Monroe dealt with the issues of secular v religious matters during their presidencies and their lifetimes.  I would highly recommend it.  His source work/bibliography/references are a nice healthy inch thick (ha).  This sort of serious historical account makes the work of hacks like Barton look like comic book material.  The fact that the likes of Mike Huckabee recommend Barton's  'revisionist' history speaks volumes about the kind of world conservative politicians like to promote: fantasy.

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 11, 2012 at 8:12am

'Historian' David Barton's book on Thomas Jefferson pulled from stores

David Barton, an evangelical activist and writer often cited as a "historian" by conservative political figures like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, stirred up such a firestorm of controversy with his latest book "The Jefferson Lies" that his publisher now claims to have "lost confidence" in the text, opting Thursday evening to pull it from stores.

The announcement by Christian mega-publisher Thomas Nelson comes after readers of The History News Network at George Mason University elected Barton’s latest work as "the least credible history book in print." It was also challenged by an assemblage of "10 conservative Christian professors" in the recently released book, "Getting Jefferson Right," which accuses Barton of grossly misrepresenting the nation's third president.



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