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: 783
Latest Activity: May 8

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 March 26, 2013 at 9:15pm

Natalie, I like your statement, "there is actually no reason to prohibit ANY kind of marriage (polyandrous, polygynous, group, gay, lesbian, etc.) if all parties consent, and if there are legal ways to deal with problems."

As I see it, problems would include defining rights of children, property rights of the individuals, responsibilities of members of a marriage and tax obligations  Other than that, marriage is private and of no concert to church or state. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 9:11pm

Natalie A Sera, absolutely! If marriage law is based on Christian, Jewish, Islam on any religious or cult law, then it co-mingles church and state; the Founding fathers wanted to get rid of that union because of the problems church/state created in Europe.

The Colonists were not all of the same religion, many of them separated into states. Puritans wanted to dominated the colonies; they  cut off noses and tongues of nonconformists, fined, banished, whipped, and even imprisoned them for not conforming to their ways. The Anglicans were "persecuted" by the Puritans. Baptists appeared in a majority of the colonies, Roman Catholics and Protestants organized in Maryland, Lutherans formed in Pennsylvania, and Presbyterians in Massachusetts. 

Who decides marriage laws in USA? Who decides who decides? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 8:46pm
In pursuit of respect for LGBTQ, in seeking freedom from religion, and in challenging religious injustice, atheists say what religious are either too timid or too afraid to say. Why haven't religious communities stood between those horrid hate-mongering signs and said it is none of their business who loves whom; who decides who can get married and who can't? Who decides who decides such matters? Is marriage a religious event or a civil one?

For religious trying to be polite, or timid, or afraid or not caring about what some religious people do doesn't do LGBTQ any good. LGBTQ have to face ignorance and insult from religious people without intervention of other religious people. Silence implies agreement. If the silent pro-LGBTQ religious are silent because they don't want to get their hands dirty, they don't represent the kind of person with whom I want to associate. They are the cowards.

I believe in freedom of speech if it means being able to speak ones's mind, but if religious do not stand with LGBTQ in their struggle for citizenship, then LGBTQ have to fight, not only ignorance and stupidity, they also have to suffer from inaction. Silence hurts, even kills.

There is no honor in honoring bigots; there is no virtue in acquiescing to bullies; there is no dignity in turning the other cheek; there is no reason to love the despicable.

Religious, take a stand for or against LGBTQ, or get out of the way.
Comment by James M. Martin on March 26, 2013 at 7:06pm

@Natalie, I mean, can you imagine Antonin Scalia abandoning the dogma of the RCC?  One of the sillier arguments of the anti-equality crowd is that if you legalize same sex marriage, you'll set a precendent for legalizing marriage between a man and his dog, cat, or pony.  Why not?  I think marriage is a dumb institution that has had its day and its day is gone. But I would be the last person to stand in the way of anyone doing it.

Comment by Natalie A Sera on March 26, 2013 at 3:16pm

One thing that strikes me, that no one seems to be talking about, is, that by defining marriage as monogamous and between one man and one woman, the government is effectively favoring the beliefs of the Christian majority (and the Jewish minority). Islam doesn't have any such insistence on monogamy, and there is actually no reason to prohibit ANY kind of marriage (polyandrous, polygynous, group, gay, lesbian, etc.) if all parties consent, and if there are legal ways to deal with problems. I know the condition imposed for Utah to become a state was to make polygamy illegal, but again, that was imposing mainstream Christian belief on a sect that didn't happen to practice the same way. Does anyone else see the religious favoritism aspect of this?

Comment by Brian Magee on March 26, 2013 at 1:58pm

Nonbelievers Tell Supreme Court: Declare DOMA and Prop 8 Unconstitutional

American Humanist Association leaders to join LGBT coalition partners at a rally outside the Supreme Court


For Immediate Release

Contact: Brian Magee,, 202-238-9088 ext. 105


(Washington, DC, Mar. 26, 2013)—Today the American Humanist Association urges the Supreme Court to find the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional as the court hears oral arguments beginning today in historic cases regarding marriage equality. The American Humanist Association filed amicus curiae in both cases, and leaders from the organization will participate in a rally outside the Supreme Court at 8:30 a.m. this morning.

“The Supreme Court has the opportunity to give all couples equal rights and dignity under the law,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “Religious groups don’t have the right to target others for government discrimination. This nation should support a secular government that respects the rights of all people.”

The American Humanist Association filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court in February arguing that, under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, discrimination against gays and lesbians, such as the case with race or gender, must be presumed to be unconstitutional. The full amicus briefs can be found here and here.

“The discrimination against gays and lesbians embodied in DOMA and Prop 8 is inconsistent with the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equality to all Americans,” said Bill Burgess, legal coordinator of the American Humanist Association’s legal arm, the Appignani Humanist Legal Center.  “The time has come for the Supreme Court to bring our marriage laws into line with the Constitution, just as it did decades ago in overturning bans on interracial marriage.”

For decades, the American Humanist Association has advocated for the rights of LGBT Americans. In 2009, the AHA created the LGBT Humanist Council to provide a forum for LGBT humanists and allies to support marriage equality, benefits for same-sex partners in the military, and other important issues to the LGBT community. The AHA is also a member of several coalitions supporting marriage equality, including United for Marriage, the Respect for Marriage Coalition, and LGBT Lobbyists.

“Humanists are here, as we have always been, to stand up for marriage equality,” said Jason Frye, coordinator of the LGBT Humanist Council. “Even after today’s hearing, we will continue the fight to provide same-sex couples the benefits that all Americans enjoy.”

The AHA also presents an LGBT Humanist Pride award at its annual conference. Author and blogger Greta Christina will receive the award at the AHA’s 72nd Annual Conference, held from May 30 to June 2 in San Diego. Past awardees included activist Candace Gingrich-Jones and actor George Takei.

Comment by Brian Magee on March 11, 2013 at 3:34pm

Tennessee Humanists: Oppose Discrimination in Counseling!

Dear Friend,

The Religious Right is once again trying to enshrine discrimination into law.

Last year, I informed Michigan AHA members of a state bill that would subvert the national standards of the counseling process and legalize discrimination in our nation’s higher education institutions.

This bill was created following a tragic incident at Eastern Michigan University where a gay student was discriminated against by a counselor named Julea Ward, who, as an evangelical Christian, refused to provide counseling services to the student.

Unfortunately, a very similar bill is up for a vote in the Tennessee Senate. SB 514, “prohibits public institutions of higher education from disciplining or discriminating against a student in a counseling,
social work, or psychology program because the student refuses to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the student.”

Sound familiar? That’s because extreme religious conservatives are essentially working to introduce this same discriminatory bill in as many state legislatures as possible.

Don’t give religion a free pass to discriminate. Stand up against religious discrimination by contacting your state ...

Read more here.

Comment by Brian Magee on March 1, 2013 at 1:46pm

Humanists Tell Supreme Court: Marriage Equality is the Right Choice

Appignani Humanist Legal Center Files Amicus Briefs in DOMA, Prop 8 Cases

For Immediate Release

Contact: Brian Magee,, 202-238-9088 ext. 105

(Washington, DC, Feb. 27, 2013)—The American Humanist Association today submitted amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to uphold lower court decisions ruling that laws denying legal recognition to the marriages of gays and lesbians are unconstitutionally discriminatory. Those decisions were issued in two cases, one challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the other that of California’s Proposition 8, both of which deny equal marriage rights to gays and lesbians.

Read the rest of the press release here.

Comment by Harlem Humanists on February 21, 2013 at 2:46pm

2013 NYC Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers

The Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers (DoS) is held annually on the final weekend in February. Nonbelievers use this day as an opportunity to build genuine communal relationships and launch a wave of activism among non-theists of color. The DoS event is also an effort to bring out closeted nonbelievers and let them know that they are not alone.


The event is Free and open to the public.  ALL are Welcome.


Rio II Art Gallery

7th Floor (Main Exhibition Space)

583 Riverside Dr.

Harlem, NY 10030

137th Street “City College” Stop on #1 Train

1pm - 4pm

Sunday, Feb’ 24th 2013

Try to RSVP MeeUp CFI-NYC or Richie's List 


Light Refreshments and Snacks will be served.


Program - 

Ayanna Watson of Black Atheists of America has sparked a project focusing on the diversity of careers within the secular community. The project includes photographic portraits and some personal testimony about work experience, passion and aspiration.

Ayanna will introduce some of the project’s participants. There will be the chance to ask questions and share stories, including your own. 


Seon M. LewisThe Spice Island Atheist and one of the voices of Caribbean Atheists, is a consistent Harlem Community member many of us know from his sharp observations, broad knowledge and warm easygoing style. He recently completed the book “From Mythology to Reality: Moving Beyond Rastafari”. His liberating intellectual journey from theism, through mystical Afrocentrism, to reasoned non-theism is one of following the evidence to where it leads. 

Seon will share how he came to write his book, which challenges  pseudo-history and false assumptions about a vital resistance culture. It also looks at how an inspiring rebel community can fall pray to sexism, racism, homophobia and xenophobia. The way he respectfully engages family and community in a conversation about mythology and fiction vs. reality and facts is an informative one. How to be Afrocentric without drowning in the dogma of Afrocentrism, or any “...ism” including our own, is part of what he’ll share. 

Sponsored by - Center for Inquiry - New York City, Black Atheists of America, African Americans for Humanism, CFI-Harlem & Harlem Humanists.


Dinner afterwards at local Restaurant -TBA


After Event Entertainment - "The Vagina Monologues"  to benefit 'Sanctuary for Families'.  6pm at All Souls Unitarian Church

E-mail - black(dot)beyond(dot)belief(at) for more info and updates. Or call 646-820-CFIH (2344)

Comment by Brian Magee on February 21, 2013 at 9:39am

Take Action: Support the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act!

Representative Barbara Lee (CA) recently introduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act, a bill that would provide five-year grants to state and local education agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public universities to fund science-based sex education programs.

Show your support for a comprehensive approach to sex education that rejects gender stereotypes and embraces LGBT students by contacting your Congressional representative using this form.


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