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 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.


Comment by Brian Magee on August 9, 2012 at 1:25pm

This was sent to us my Mike Mangan who said he had to use a "1" instead of an "I" because it was taken. So, there are at least two humanist plates in Virginia!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2012 at 8:36pm

14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools

"Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord—all on the state taxpayers' dime."
~ Deanna Pan
Thank you Geraldo Cienmarcos. I am reposting for my family and friends to read. 

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 8, 2012 at 6:59pm

14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools — By Deanna Pan

Tue Aug. 7, 2012

Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord—all on the state taxpayers' dime.

Comment by Brian Magee on August 8, 2012 at 10:02am

Only a minor portion of the secular movement adding their signatures to a White House petition would force a response from the Obama administration in the case of an Indonesian man, Alexander Aan, locked up for doubting the existence of a god.

Please sign and share.

Comment by Brian Magee on August 2, 2012 at 1:08pm

In this month’s Humanist Hour podcast, Jes and Todd interview the Young Turks main host and co-founder Cenk Uygur about the relationship between humanism, the media, and politics. Cenk was awarded with the Humanist Media Award at the AHA’s 71st Annual Conference this past June.

You can also catch it on YouTube, Vimeo, or iTunes

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