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 Susan Stanko on March 26, 2011 at 11:40am
As for whose ideas it was to add under god to the pledge and change our national motto.  I suggest you learn history.  specifically the 50's  when anti-communism was rampant.
Comment by Fred Edwords on March 26, 2011 at 10:45am

No, Samantha, nobody is ever "truly happy" (whatever that is). Drunken bliss 24/7 just ain't gonna happen.

Why then do we soldier on? How has humanity, after centuries upon centuries of a life that is "nasty, brutish, and short" managed to persist? Because we're built for struggle. We evolved to be survivors.

And therein is where we find our fulfillment. We love that struggle! How do I know? Because when I'm not struggling to get by I engage in recreation that involves struggle. Sports is fun struggle. A movie or a novel is vicarious struggle. "Finding meaning in life" is simply discovering a struggle you enjoy. Even learning new things qualifies.

So, ya wanna be happier? Make more of a game of the life you're stuck with. Fight for a better America, for example. Win or lose you're gonna have a helluva time! And also look for opportunities to get unstuck, in smaller or larger ways, so you can devote more time to the conquests that give you more of a kick.

Comment by Samantha Madison on March 26, 2011 at 10:25am

Is anyone ever truly happy? We go through our lives hoping that by the time we are old and ready to die that we will feel content with how our life went. We try to get the best jobs we can, buy the best house we can afford, drive the nicest cars we can and put our children through school. This endless circle that just repeats as generations go by-and anyone that doesnt fit into this mindset is shamed for not being "normal". Now dont get me wrong I want all these things for me and my family but I have to stop and think (how brainwashed am I ?) We waste away most of our lives at work and we are miserable, unless your lucky enough to find something you "love" to do-It sucks. Which is why I have realized that I am never going to be fully happy in life because im wasting my life away working all these hours im exhausted and I miss my family-for no true pay off im just getting by. The american system is so messed up its just one big clusterfuck of nothing- Im not proud to be an American im just glad I wasnt born in a country like Africa or India. And then who fuckin agreed that "In GOD we trust" should be our national slogan (I didnt) Also, "one nation under GOD" -(absolutely not!!) Im not "under" anything especially a made up idea of a super being created by what should be mental patients. FUCK LIFE! and FUCK AMERICA!!

Comment by HoldenMyOwn on February 22, 2011 at 5:23pm
I would love to go but Boston is a loooong way from Alabama.
Comment by Ann on February 22, 2011 at 3:46pm
already signed up and volunteered too!  Can't wait!
Comment by Brian Magee on February 22, 2011 at 3:02pm
Hi everyone! As you may know, the AHA holds an Annual Conference, and this year is the 70th anniversary conference in Boston, MA. This year, the program features Humanist of the Year Rebecca Goldstein, and guests Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker, and others! Early bird registration ends Feb. 28, so go to to guarantee your spot. Also, please see for more info. Hope to see you there!
Comment by Jennifer Hancock on February 21, 2011 at 9:41am
Dustin - check out the book - Recovering from Religion - there is a website for it and an entire movement and group for it. That guy would probably be willing to help.
Comment by Dustin Rogers on February 20, 2011 at 9:09pm

I need your help!!!  i wanna write a book like an AA or NA self book but a recovering from religion book who is willing to help?

Comment by Trevor Nelson on February 5, 2011 at 11:38am
Welcome, Stephanie! I completely understand where you're coming from. Living in Fargo, ND, to say openly godless people are out-numbered here is a drastic understatement (There are MANY un-godly people here, but most of them claim a religious affiliation). I hope this group can bring you a bit of comfort. You're definitely NOT alone. :)
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on January 30, 2011 at 5:03pm

Project 2048: Human Rights as Law


[I think all of our Humanist organizations around the world should be signing on to this. Can we start a process to get all of our international affiliate free thought and humanist organizations to endorse this effort? - Gary]

The 2048 Project's mission is to educate students and the public about the evolution of human rights, and to provide a process to draft an International Bill of Rights that will be enforceable in the courts of all countries by the year 2048, the 100th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

BOOK on topic:
2048: Humanity's Agreement to Live Together by J. Kirk Boyd 


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