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: 781
Latest Activity: Feb 14

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 23, 2012 at 12:05pm

Dear America, We Need To Start Seeing Other People

America, "you’ve fallen prey to a sickness. This is not a physical illness, nor is it a forced disability. It’s a sickness in your politics, and in the people who wish to rule over you. These people, though not in power yet, wish to impose a stupidity on the masses, based in lies, untruths and deceit. These people have managed to take the anger that the masses feel and direct it upon others within the country. The words “Justice for all”, now a mere platitude, are bandied about by people who wish to see “privilege for the few”. With a bible in one hand, a handgun in the other, and with a voice louder than all the others, these people wave the stars and stripes, YOUR stars and stripes, and claim to know whats best for you, while all the time seeking to take away justices and liberties that were bestowed upon them by their forefathers. Control over women and their reproductive organs, restricting rights to same-sex-attracted people, and installing biblical fallacies as part of public education; these are the only words I hear you say anymore. These people seek to destroy everything that you were built upon. This is your sickness."

 Martin S Pribble on August 21, 2012 in FeaturedThoughts

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2012 at 1:37am

My Spirituality as an Atheist

"But I am one with the universe. Not metaphysically, but physically. I am as much the universe as a supernova. made of the same particles, governed by the same forces. I am Genes that mutated randomly, then were selected naturally based on their success at survival."

 A. Hughman


Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2012 at 11:47pm

 I am 76 years old; how will I spend the remaining days of my life?

 Will I submit to habits of the past and build shields against fear, pain and anger that filled my life and perpetuate into future thoughts that I am weak and powerless over events in my life?

 Or will I create habits of cynicism allowing me to remain in the known and familiar, vulnerable, weak and afraid?

 Or will I risk creating new habits focused on future hopes and aspirations while claiming my strength, power, and gratitude for being alive and participating in wonder of life, lived fully.

 I am afraid, but fear is a familiar emotion and I can transform it into energy of regeneration and renewal.

 What will it cost me if I fail? Rejection? Criticism? Judgment? Oh! Those also are familiar emotions.

 Something births within me; life’s force surges to move me beyond the fear of men I love. I claim my right to live, to breath, to drink in rich nectar of being, of doing those things that I am particularly good at, and especially enjoy. I can forgive myself for not being perfect; that I am perfectly imperfect and I am enough. 

Comment by Brian Magee on August 21, 2012 at 11:06am

Just in time for back-to-school activities, the AHA's Kochar Humanist Education Center has a new website!

Please visit (and share with your friends) the resources available, including an extensive library of curriculum resources for teachers; the Many Faces of Humanism online course; lesson plans for children; adult education manual; information on the Humanist Teacher Corps (including how to join); the Ten Commitments, providing a moral foundation for education, and more!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2012 at 3:53pm

Susan Stanko, Thanks for the heads-up. I was careless and didn't make the connection when I read the attachment. 

Comment by Jennifer Hancock on August 19, 2012 at 2:33pm

Started an online Humanist Bible Study group - check it out and come join us -

Comment by Brian Magee on August 16, 2012 at 2:05pm

Listen to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s speech after receiving the 1991 Humanist Arts Award from the American Humanist Association.

Comment by Brian Magee on August 15, 2012 at 12:10pm

Humanist Press author of Hope in Small Doses Nikki Stern is a guest on the most recent Skepticality, the official podcast of The Skeptics Society & Skeptic Magazine.

Information on the book is available at

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 15, 2012 at 10:08am

Good, respectful penetrating interview:

ON You Tube:

Nate Phelps is the son of Fred Phelps, infamous pastor of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church, an entity which asserts that "God Hates Fags," that President Obama is the AntiChrist, and that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were God's punishment upon the United States.

Comment by Brian Magee on August 14, 2012 at 2:52pm

From the book Consilience by E.O. Wilson, AHA's 1999 Humanist of the Year.


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