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: Dec 13, 2015

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 Brian Magee on February 22, 2012 at 12:38pm

Were These U.S. Presidents Really Humanists?

Steve Major, the development associate for the AHA, explores the potential humanism of U.S. presidents.

How many humanist presidents have there already been? Officially, zero.

All 44 United States Presidents have claimed, in one form or another, to be Christian. Alas, even during the era of our nation’s founding fathers, in which reason was held up as one of mankind’s highest ideals, the voting public has largely agreed that electing a non-theist would be morally identical to raising Osama bin Laden from the dead and proclaiming him our emperor. 

To read the rest of the article, click here:

Comment by Brian Magee on February 21, 2012 at 8:05am

A Father’s Eulogy, for Jared Samuel Townsley

Gregg Townsley, father of humanist mountaineer Jared Townsley, eulogizes his son.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 17, 2012 at 2:31pm

"I’m a What?" Eliciting Latent Humanism

In this month’s Brainstormin’ column from Humanist Network News, Andy Norman writes on his experiences with religious students and finding their inner humanism, including a "If you believe that … you just might be a humanist!" test.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 17, 2012 at 7:46am

Humanists Applaud Cranston School Banner Decision To Not Appeal Federal Court Ruling

(Washington, DC – Feb. 16, 2012) – Humanists are applauding the 5-2 decision tonight by the Cranston School Committee in Rhode Island to not pursue an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling to immediately remove a prayer banner from the Cranston West High School auditorium wall.

“Given the strength of the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux, it would have been tough for the school system to appeal,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “We’re certainly glad that the committee decided to not waste any more time and money in pursuing one.”

Read the rest of the press release here:

Comment by Brian Magee on February 16, 2012 at 2:31pm

For those who would like to join the AHA, you can visit our website here. There is a free online only version as well as paid memberships.

Now, here's a fun trinket we found while doing some early spring cleaning. :)

Comment by Brian Magee on February 15, 2012 at 10:02am

An AHA fundraising appeal resulted in a "friendly" warning about our future from one potential donor.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 14, 2012 at 9:01am

Oral Arguments Presented in Massachusetts Case Challenging “Under God” in Pledge of Allegiance

AHA is pioneering new legal strategy with this case to protect the rights of atheists and agnostics.

This is a big deal because we are using the "equal protection" rights from the state constitution rather than the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment to argue the case.

If we are victorious, as we expect to be, this strategy can be used in other states to protect rights that have been denied to nonbelievers otherwise.

For the press release, click here.
For a Fox News story, click here.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 13, 2012 at 3:17pm

Help Eradicate Poverty in the Slums of Calcutta

Humanist Charities is proud to announce that it is partnering with Responsible Charity Corp, a humanist charity founded by Hemley Gonzalez, that works to eradicate poverty in the slums of Calcutta in India.

Calcutta remains stricken by poverty, malnutrition, and a host of other medical and economic problems. With your help, we can improve the lives of countless individuals who are struggling to survive. A gift of $10, $25, $50 - or any amount - will make a difference.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 10, 2012 at 11:13am

ACTION ALERT: Tell President Obama not to cave to the Religious Rig...

Click link to send a message to the president.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 9, 2012 at 4:00pm

For those going to Darwin Day events, how about sharing some pictures with us!


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