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 David M. Beadle on September 13, 2012 at 5:46pm
No worries. I have posted-while-pissed as well. If you want a link to those Muslims who are demonstrating their disgust here it is.....
Comment by David M. Beadle on September 13, 2012 at 5:16pm
Mr Trevino, I know you and I are angry with the attacks by those extremists, but there are also many Muslims who are shaking their heads in disbelief with what people of their own religion are doing. Those moderates do not advocate violence to solve problems, and are actively in the streets demonstrating their disgust. Nihilist thinking does nothing except turn us into those we find morally repugnant.
Comment by Brian Magee on September 13, 2012 at 3:22pm

Comment by Brian Magee on September 13, 2012 at 1:58pm

What the Libyan Embassy Attack Teaches Us About True Religious Freedom

The news swept the globe this week of the senseless killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three of his staff members by an angry mob upset with a movie made in America. While we are immensely saddened by this unnecessary loss of life, some recent statements made by government officialsapologizing for the movie and condemning those that made it are concerning.

Certainly, people, religious or not, should be treated with respect, but that doesn't mean that religious ideas are immune to criticism or parody. And no matter how strong one's principles of religious freedom are, there is no excuse for violent actions taken by individuals on the grounds of defending their faith from outside criticism.

True religious freedom requires that people are able to believe as they so choose, but it also demands the ability to be free from belief and to question beliefs as one sees fit. Ideally, criticism should be constructive and remain polite and reasoned, but even if the remarks made are vulgar and offensive, the same legal protections regarding free speech and religious freedom must be maintained.

To read the rest of this Huffington Post article by AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt, click here.

Comment by Brian Magee on September 12, 2012 at 1:54pm

The AHA joins Interaction ( coalition asking Congress to maintain foreign aid funding levels in order to help fight poverty.

Details can be found here.

Comment by Brian Magee on September 11, 2012 at 3:22pm

In the most recent issue of Humanist Network News, the weekly ezine of the AHA, you can join the lively discussion and poll on circumcision, read about why "You Can't Much Help What Turns You On," enter a trivia contest--and more!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2012 at 1:20pm
Comment by Gary Berg-Cross on September 6, 2012 at 9:30pm

Members of this group in the DC area may be interested to know that the Maryland-DC (MDC) chapter or WASH (Washington Area Secular Humanists) is hosting a free panel discussion on Sept 8 at 2 pm the Topic of: "What would Paul Kurtz say?”

Our distinguished Panel: Margeret Downey, (founder and president of Freethought Society), Edd Doerr (Pres @Americans for Religious Liberty), Stuart Jordan (President of Institute for Science and Human Values,<ISHV>, & Nathan Bupp) ISHV).
This wlll be at the Wheaton Regional Library. See for details.

Comment by Brian Magee on September 5, 2012 at 3:10pm

Let's Recognize and Reignite Humanism's Feminist Legacy

Today there are many fronts in this struggle that humanists are leading in favor of civil rights and against the war on women.

By Roy Speckhardt, September 02, 2012

Popular bloggers such as Jen McCreight and Greta Christina are vocal proponents of a more feminist-oriented atheism. While a few see those involved in this new push for change as misunderstanding sexual harassment, encouraging censorship, or treating people monolithically as bullies or misogynists, others see the focus as a more general struggle to eliminate secular sexism of all stripes, thus getting our own house in order as a pre-requisite for further advancement of nontheist aims. Objectively, it appears that atheism isn't immune from the influences of the broader culture, and that atheists and humanists experience the effects of online hostility to women as well as face-to-face sexism at freethought conferences and other gatherings. As those in the secular movement seek solutions to the real problems we're facing, it's worth taking a moment to realize that humanists have an honorable feminist legacy and that the feminist movements themselves were in fact led by a majority of atheist humanists who set aside patriarchal religions in order to seek equality for all.

Most folks have a sense today that humanism has historically supported feminism, but few realize how deep that connection is. The American Humanist Association (AHA) supported elective abortion in the 1950s long before NARAL existed and before Planned Parenthood expanded beyond contraceptive services. Among nearly two dozen AHA resolutions spanning seven decades that specifically promoted feminist ideals is the latest, released just August 24, which calls for final passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The AHA's Humanist magazine was carefully prepared in gender-neutral English in the 1970s, long before most newsstand magazines even considered the issue. In response to this issue, past AHA President Bette Chambers said, "The AHA always recognized men and women as equals in all matters and has always been 'feminist.'"


To read the rest of this Patheos article, click here.

Comment by Brian Magee on September 4, 2012 at 1:12pm

In this month’s The Humanist Hour Podcast, Jes and Todd interview AHA President, freethought activist, blogger and author David Niose, about his book, Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans.

This episode is also available on YouTube (, Vimeo ( and iTunes (


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