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: Jun 10

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!

Discussion Forum

New Young Adult Book

Started by Chris Brockman. Last reply by Don Feb 28, 2015. 5 Replies

Violence Against Women

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Deidre Oct 7, 2014. 11 Replies

Advice for an atheist volunteer.

Started by Vulpes. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 4, 2013. 3 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2013 at 2:54am
Oh my goodness! I did not know about the Angels motorcycle club and their practices! or the Tantric "filth is sacred".
It is significant that the south has so many problems they seem determined not to solve ... misery remains.
Art and literature has such power to reveal deeply seated problems, as the novels you suggested do. Something that startles one out of complacency and able to see through a different frame.
Watching my daughter and son-in-law interact, in full partnership in personal and professional ways, gives me hope the next generation will build on their example and work as team members, not to compete, but to do a good job. They encourage and inspire me!
Comment by James M. Martin on January 4, 2013 at 9:28pm

I sure do agree, Joan.  A lot of those angry white men in D.C. cling to their bibles to justify consideration of women as the property of men, which in the times of the desert warlord authors of the O.T. might have been acceptable.  Strange that even touching a woman when she is menstruating was verbotten, but today's rebel Angels (i.e. the motorcycle club) wear red as their color only after they have engaged in cunnilingus with a sister at the height of her discharge.  How very Tantric!  (In India, tantric practitioners believed in bhoga as yoga: filth is sacred. Turns out, the Left Hand Path worshiped the Divine Feminine.)  Some of the strongest politicking for misogynist legislation is done in states with high poverty, plenty of venereal disease, baby mamas, and blatant plutocratic tendencies.  They haven't even overcome their ingrained tendencies to see women fit for being anything but pregnant and in the kitchen (look at Fox type media reaction to Hillary's "cookies" statement when her spouse was running for #1). They didn't get the point of novels like The Stepford Wives and The Handmaid's Tale, and when the movies of them arrived would not allow their families to see them at theaters or on TV.  By then, it had dawned on them that the authors of those works had turned them into emperors with new clothes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2013 at 6:49pm
Women, perceived as second class citizens, as subordinate to men, poor women with few resources for remedying their struggles, women of color treated differently than white women, pregnant women and women with children who lack resources to get out of poverty and carry family responsibilities need to be empowered to flourish. They need to get off welfare, to stop being victims of brutes and thugs, to take responsibility for their reproductive lives. They require different remedies than men. This is not a quota or discrimination problem, it is a problem because only women bare children and most accept responsibility for raising their offspring. Women need government help to be empowered. Protection from violence is one very important factor that the 113th Congress can address.
Comment by Brian Magee on January 3, 2013 at 9:44am

What Thomas Jefferson did for the Bible, the American Humanist Association did for the world’s other major religious texts—in Jefferson’s words, separated “the gold from the dross.”

A Jefferson Bible for the Twenty-First Century includes Jefferson’s famously edited version of Christianity’s holy text, but this updated offering also includes similarly edited versions of the Hebrew Bible, the Qur’an, the Bhagavadgîtâ, the Buddhist Sutras, and the Book of Mormon. In addition, selections of the “dross” have been included alongside the “gold” for each.



Comment by Brian Magee on December 20, 2012 at 9:56am

Take Action: Thank the Orleans Parish School Board for Defending Sc...

Recently, the Orleans Parish School Board in Louisiana banned schoolbooks that teach creationism or intelligent design as science or scientific theories, mandated that history books not include revisionist propaganda promoted by the Religious Right, and forbade teachers in its school district from teaching any aspect of religious faith, creationism or intelligent design as science in science classes.

We need to thank those in Louisiana that stood up for church-state separation and science education. Please use this Action Alert form to send a message to Orleans Parish School Board President Thomas Robichaux thanking him and the other board members for their defense of science education and church-state separation.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 18, 2012 at 11:06am

Nonbelievers Get HumanLight Display Erected in Wabash, IN

(Washington, DC – Dec. 18, 2012) – A Christian nativity scene has been joined by a HumanLight display on the grounds of the Wabash County Indiana courthouse. County officials approved it on Dec. 3 following an inquiry made by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center.

HumanLight is a non-religious alternative to Christmas or other December holidays. Observed on December 23rd, HumanLight celebrates positive, secular values such as reason, compassion, humanity and hope.

Attorneys from the Appignani Humanist Legal Center worked with a local Wabash resident who inquired in November about a Christian display on government property. Research showed that the county has an “open forum” policy for the courthouse property, meaning other displays can also be erected. In response to a previous inquiry in 2010, officials wrote that the county “allows anyone to use the Courthouse lawn for expressive purposes as long as the activity does not violate local ordinances, or state or federal laws, is not disruptive to traffic . . . and does not create unreasonable safety risks, and as long as any expression is not obscene or defamatory, and does not promote violence, physical harm, or lawless action.”

“When it comes to church-state separation issues, the best choice is to keep government property free of all religious displays,” said Appignani Humanist Legal Center Director Bill Burgess. “But if a local government defends a nativity scene display by claiming that it is private speech, they must allow other private speakers, including secular ones, to participate in the forum on the same terms. They cannot discriminate against speech because of its humanist or atheist viewpoint.”


The American Humanist Association ( advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, DC, its work is extended through more than 150 local chapters and affiliates across America. Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.

Special thanks to the Louis J. Appignani Foundation and The Herb Block Foundation for their support of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 18, 2012 at 10:56am

AHA Legal Center Gets "Bad Religion" T-Shirt Ban Overturned

An Aurora, CO public school has reversed course following intervention by the AHA's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, allowing a student at Vista Peak High School to wear a shirt for the punk band Bad Religion.

Despite allowing students to wear religious articles of clothing, it claimed that allowing the student to wear the shirt would be disruptive.

In a letter found here, the legal center made clear that this double standard violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Special thanks to the Louis J. Appignani Foundation and The Herb Block Foundation for their support of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 17, 2012 at 12:08pm

A Religious Rescue From the Fiscal Cliff

Politicians are working themselves into a frenzy trying to prevent the much feared "fiscal cliff," a term used to describe a bundle of momentous federal tax increases and spending cuts that will happen later this year if government officials fail to act. But as the White House and Congress consider ending middle-class tax breaks like the payroll tax cut while also reducing valued programs like Medicare, they may be missing an opportunity to level the playing field among religious and philosophically-based organizations in a way that would also have a big impact on our nation's ability to return to fiscal solvency.

It's time to reconsider the huge tax benefits and government subsidies that are provided to government-recognized religions in this country. Beyond the obvious constitutional issues of the state giving preferential treatment to religious organizations, it just makes sense that in these times of budget tightening, the government can no longer afford to subsidize religious groups, their leaders, or their programs.

To read the rest of this Huffington Post article from AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt, click here.

Comment by Plinius on December 17, 2012 at 10:34am

Welcome, Chris!

Comment by Tabitha McCoy on December 17, 2012 at 9:42am

Welcome, Chris!


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