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

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 TheNeoAtheist on September 27, 2014 at 5:52pm

My name is Michael Phelps & I am the host of Think Free Nation on Atheist Analysis.

I am messaging you is to see if you have any contacts for any atheist groups that are around Greenville, North Carolina. We have a volunteer on our staff who had a young teen run out in front of her car last week and the young teen is in serious condition. His mother has health issues and nether of them have health insurance. He is on life support right now.

What I was hoping was to mobilize an effort to share their go fund me page with everyone as well as if they people locally that wanted to help with food or transportation, that if there were people in the area they would be able to help out. I live in Michigan so I can not take her anything unfortunately.
If you know of someone that can help push this effort forward or is willing to share the gofundme page please let me know so I can contact them.

The mother also wants to be with her son and is not able to since he is in that serious condition. She has serious health issues herself that the Ronald McDonald House can not provide for her. She is also a vegetarian, I would love to organize something to get her food she can eat as well.
Thank you in advance for reading this. If you have an ability to help email me at

Thanks you for any help you can offer this family in their time of need.

Michael Phelps
Host of Think Free Nation
Atheist Analysis

Comment by Bryan McDowell on April 14, 2014 at 12:07pm

If anyone is from the East Texas area, we have a new organization established and growing fast. Secular Humanist Society of East Texas is almost 5 months old and consists of 435+ members. We are a chapter of the AHA. Aron Ra is coming to talk for us at SFA in Nacogdoches, TX if anyone is interested. More info about us and our FB group can be found at

Comment by Brian Magee on February 28, 2014 at 9:11am

Federal Judge Stops Lake Elsinore, CA Religious War Memorial

Planned monument depicting a Christian cross violates the First Amendment

(Los Angeles, CA—Feb. 27, 2014)—A federal judge has ruled that a planned religious war memorial by the city of Lake Elsinore, CA at the city-owned baseball stadium can’t be built because it “violates both the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause and California’s Establishment and No Preference Clauses.” The planned monument depicts a soldier kneeling in prayer before a Christian cross.

The suit was filed by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center in May 2013. A preliminary injunction against the city was issued by US District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson in July 2013 and stopped activity until the final ruling was handed down. Among other things, the judge ruled that the planned monument lacks a secular purpose and has the unconstitutional effect of endorsing religion over non-religion.

“I’m pleased Judge Wilson decided to uphold the valuable principles contained within the First Amendment,” said Appignani Humanist Legal Center Director David Niose. “I hope that if members of the city council still want to honor veterans, they will move forward with a monument design that represents everyone who fought for our freedoms.”

The suit and an earlier letter sent to the city contain details about the times several city officials and supporters of the proposed monument publicly declared the Christian symbolism was at least part of the reason they supported its construction. Despite the clearly sectarian motivation for spending public money—and a warning from the city’s attorney that the monument as approved is likely unconstitutional—the city council unanimously voted to approve the monument anyway, saying that they were “taking a stand” for Christianity and against the separation of church and state.

Officials from the City of Lake Elsinore have the option to appeal the ruling.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 28, 2014 at 9:07am

U.S. Immigration Services Denies Applicant Based on Secular Beliefs
Legal Permanent Resident to be Aided by Humanist Legal Center


(San Diego, CA, Feb 27, 2014) — A California resident applying for U.S. citizenship has had her application denied because immigration officials did not accept as valid a conscientious objector declaration to “bear arms” in defense of the U.S. because it is secular in nature. The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center is representing Adriana Ramirez in her appeal.

In a letter dated Feb. 27, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials in San Diego, CA were informed that their decision is not supported by the law and should immediately be reversed. “Given the Supreme Court’s unequivocal instruction that, to be consistent with the Constitution, the government must interpret a statute permitting conscientious objection on the basis of ‘religious’ belief to include comparable secular moral views,” the letter states, “denying Ms. Ramirez’s citizenship on the grounds that her secular moral beliefs are not ‘religious’ is unconstitutional.”

“There is no legal basis to deny a citizenship application because one’s ethical values are secular,” said Appignani Legal Center attorney Monica Miller. “The letter is meant to clarify the mistake being made by officials at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’s San Diego office so that the application process can move forward.”

In June 2013, the American Humanist Association was successful in a nearly identical case. On behalf of Margaret Doughty, a similar letter was sent by the Appignani Humanist Legal Center to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials in Texas outlining the Supreme Court rulings that require the government to treat secular and religious conscientious objectors alike. Shortly after the letter was received, Ms. Doughty’s citizenship application was approved.

During the citizenship process, applicants are allowed to express moral, ethical, or religious objections to warfare, making the promise to “bear arms” an optional part of the oath of loyalty taken by those approved for citizenship.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 25, 2014 at 12:21pm

Lawsuit Demands Removal of 40-Foot Christian Cross from Government Property Outside Nation's Capital.


Comment by Brian Magee on February 20, 2014 at 8:32am
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Comment by Brian Magee on February 12, 2014 at 11:32am

ANNOUNCING the launch of, a brand-new humanist news and commentary website! Fans of the Humanist Network News e-newsletter and the Humanist magazine will see all their favorite articles, poems, comics, puzzles and more on this mobile-friendly new site. Check out today's articles: "A Short History of Evolution" by Carl Coon, a story of atheist discrimination in the South, why "under God" mocks religious freedom, and more!

Comment by Brian Magee on February 11, 2014 at 2:36pm

Be sure to thank your Representative for supporting the Darwin Day Resolution! Don't see your Representative on this list? Contact them urging them to sponsor the resolution today!

Comment by Brian Magee on February 3, 2014 at 1:50pm

Minnesota Public School Told to End Field Trips to Christian Church
Humanist Legal Center Involvement Comes after Family Complaint Brushed Off

(Washington, DC, Feb. 3, 2014) — A Minnesota public school is being warned by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center to stop sending students on unconstitutional field trips to a nearby Christian church to create “manna” packages for a Christian nonprofit group. The letter was sent today by the Appignani Humanist Legal Center (AHLC) to the administrators of the School of Engineering and Arts in Golden Valley, MN, Principal Kim Hiel and Executive Director of Academics Lori Simon after the AHLC was alerted to the violation by a family enrolled in the suburban Minneapolis school. The letter asserts that the “school has quite clearly violated the Establishment Clause by directing students to attend a pervasively Christian, proselytizing environment.”

The church in question, Calvary Lutheran Church, is associated with the Feed My Starving Children program, which describes itself as believing “that there is one God, in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

“For public school administrators to send students to a religious environment to work on a religious mission with a religious organization is unconstitutional,” said Appignani Humanist Legal Center attorney Monica Miller. “This is a clear violation of the separation of church and state.”

The letter states, “We fully understand that at least one purpose of this field trip was to have the children participate in charity work intended to assist poverty-stricken people. Such good intentions, however, can be pursued in innumerable other ways that do not involve immersing the unsuspecting children into a theologically-charged environment.”

School administrators refused a previous request from the family to stop the practice after their complaint was made last year.

The letter asks for a reply within two weeks.


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