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 Brian Magee on August 30, 2012 at 3:59pm

The YouTube channel by C0nc0rdance contains a reading of Humanism and Its Aspirations (Humanist Manifesto III), the most recent comprehensive statement on humanism adopted by the AHA's Board of Directors (2003).

The document can be found here:


Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 25, 2012 at 5:18pm

Akin for the Truth: How Are US Religious Fundamentalists Any Different Than Middle Eastern Ones?

Shirin Sadeghi, Truthout: "Are we to believe that a fundamentalist in a suit is less scary than a fundamentalist in a beard, even if both are spouting hatred against women?"

Read the Article

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2012 at 4:21pm

Comment by Brian Magee on August 24, 2012 at 3:08pm


August 26 is Women's Equality Day.It commemorates the historic day in 1920 when women achieved the right to vote. Sadly, 92 years later the religious right is working hard to roll back the freedoms and protections that women have fought for.

Today's political climate makes it abundantly clear that American women need to have their rights permanently protected through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) states, "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex," and has already been ratified by 35 of the 38 states required before it can be enshrined in the Constitution.

Why is this important?
Because until we have the ERA as the law of the land, women will continue to fight every few years to get equal pay for equal work, fair family leave policies, protection from violence against women, access to the reproductive health care of our choice, and many more basic human rights.

How can we get it ratified?
By convincing our representatives in Washington to sign on to the joint resolutionthat does away with the deadline for ratification while also getting 3 more states to ratify the ERA.

What can you do?
• Become involved in our campaign to get the last 3 states to ratify it.
• Lend us your voice and a few minutes of your time by signing this petition.
Contact those who represent you in Washington and let them know abo....

If America wishes to serve as an international example of liberty and just governance, we must ensure that all citizens are afforded the same rights and that institutionalized discrimination is made illegal. We must all come together, regardless of religious beliefs or political opinions, in order to guarantee equal treatment under the law and the end to gender discrimination.

Roy Speckhardt
Executive Director

Comment by Brian Magee on August 24, 2012 at 9:21am

On Women’s Equality Day, Humanists Reaffirm Commitment to Equal Rights Amendment

For Immediate Release

(Washington, DC, August 24, 2012) —In anticipation of Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2012, and adding to a long history of supporting equal rights for women, the American Humanist Association Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution calling for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The ERA was originally introduced in 1923, and passed by Congress in 1972. Thirty-five states have ratified the Amendment, three short of the 38 states necessary for adoption.

“There is no reason to wait any longer for women’s equality,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “Discrimination on the basis of sex continues to this day, and the swift passage of the Equal Rights Amendment will finally provide the protection women deserve.”

“Until the Equal Rights Amendment is adopted, women will continue to be treated as second-class citizens, legally, because without protection under the Constitution, our fundamental rights are subject to the whims of local lawmakers and our recourse is limited,” said Zelda Gatuskin, co-chair of the Feminist Caucus of the American Humanist Association. “This is long overdue. Congress needs to step up and commit to the ideal of equal justice for all.”

The American Humanist Association is supporting the Three-State Strategy, a legal position that holds there is no time limit for the remaining states to ratify the ERA because none is mentioned in the text of the amendment itself, only in its proposing clause.

The American Humanist Association (AHA) first supported the Equal Rights Amendment by issuing a resolution in 1975, and again in 1982. The AHA also adopted a resolution on Equal Pay for Women in 1963 and the World Bill of Rights for Women in 1981. The Feminist Caucus of the American Humanist Association was established in 1977 as a coalition of women and men working toward the advancement of women’s rights and equality between the sexes in all aspects of society.

Women’s Equality Day is celebrated on August 26 to mark the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, granting women the right to vote.

A copy of the resolution can be found here:

This press release can be found on the AHA website here.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2012 at 12:05pm

Dear America, We Need To Start Seeing Other People

America, "you’ve fallen prey to a sickness. This is not a physical illness, nor is it a forced disability. It’s a sickness in your politics, and in the people who wish to rule over you. These people, though not in power yet, wish to impose a stupidity on the masses, based in lies, untruths and deceit. These people have managed to take the anger that the masses feel and direct it upon others within the country. The words “Justice for all”, now a mere platitude, are bandied about by people who wish to see “privilege for the few”. With a bible in one hand, a handgun in the other, and with a voice louder than all the others, these people wave the stars and stripes, YOUR stars and stripes, and claim to know whats best for you, while all the time seeking to take away justices and liberties that were bestowed upon them by their forefathers. Control over women and their reproductive organs, restricting rights to same-sex-attracted people, and installing biblical fallacies as part of public education; these are the only words I hear you say anymore. These people seek to destroy everything that you were built upon. This is your sickness."

 Martin S Pribble on August 21, 2012 in FeaturedThoughts

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2012 at 1:37am

My Spirituality as an Atheist

"But I am one with the universe. Not metaphysically, but physically. I am as much the universe as a supernova. made of the same particles, governed by the same forces. I am Genes that mutated randomly, then were selected naturally based on their success at survival."

 A. Hughman


Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2012 at 11:47pm

 I am 76 years old; how will I spend the remaining days of my life?

 Will I submit to habits of the past and build shields against fear, pain and anger that filled my life and perpetuate into future thoughts that I am weak and powerless over events in my life?

 Or will I create habits of cynicism allowing me to remain in the known and familiar, vulnerable, weak and afraid?

 Or will I risk creating new habits focused on future hopes and aspirations while claiming my strength, power, and gratitude for being alive and participating in wonder of life, lived fully.

 I am afraid, but fear is a familiar emotion and I can transform it into energy of regeneration and renewal.

 What will it cost me if I fail? Rejection? Criticism? Judgment? Oh! Those also are familiar emotions.

 Something births within me; life’s force surges to move me beyond the fear of men I love. I claim my right to live, to breath, to drink in rich nectar of being, of doing those things that I am particularly good at, and especially enjoy. I can forgive myself for not being perfect; that I am perfectly imperfect and I am enough. 

Comment by Brian Magee on August 21, 2012 at 11:06am

Just in time for back-to-school activities, the AHA's Kochar Humanist Education Center has a new website!

Please visit (and share with your friends) the resources available, including an extensive library of curriculum resources for teachers; the Many Faces of Humanism online course; lesson plans for children; adult education manual; information on the Humanist Teacher Corps (including how to join); the Ten Commitments, providing a moral foundation for education, and more!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2012 at 3:53pm

Susan Stanko, Thanks for the heads-up. I was careless and didn't make the connection when I read the attachment. 


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