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, 2017

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 Jennifer Hancock on August 19, 2012 at 2:33pm

Started an online Humanist Bible Study group - check it out and come join us -

Comment by Brian Magee on August 16, 2012 at 2:05pm

Listen to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s speech after receiving the 1991 Humanist Arts Award from the American Humanist Association.

Comment by Brian Magee on August 15, 2012 at 12:10pm

Humanist Press author of Hope in Small Doses Nikki Stern is a guest on the most recent Skepticality, the official podcast of The Skeptics Society & Skeptic Magazine.

Information on the book is available at

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 15, 2012 at 10:08am

Good, respectful penetrating interview:

ON You Tube:

Nate Phelps is the son of Fred Phelps, infamous pastor of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church, an entity which asserts that "God Hates Fags," that President Obama is the AntiChrist, and that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were God's punishment upon the United States.

Comment by Brian Magee on August 14, 2012 at 2:52pm

From the book Consilience by E.O. Wilson, AHA's 1999 Humanist of the Year.

Comment by Susan Stanko on August 14, 2012 at 7:46am

@Gary I agree.  Ms. Ward did the right thing.

Comment by Rich Goss on August 14, 2012 at 2:54am

Joan, thanks for the compliment and the support you’re shown me.  I’m pushing 70 so let me offer some avuncular advice.  Every now and then, you might come upon a situation where you say to yourself:  “No human being could possibly be that stupid.”  I mean… if someone writes or says:

If rich people pay less taxes, that means they’ll have more money two hire mades, cooks, chauffeurs and don’t forget illegal Mexicans to mow the lawn.  Their people two, ya know? 

That should be a red flag. 

Consider the logic of it.  Rich people should be allowed to pay lower tax rates so they can hire more servants, thus lowering the unemployment rate.  You’d have to be some sort of brain-washed Catholic to think that way.  And the bit about the illegal aliens.  With all the problems this country has, this asshole is worried about these invaders finding jobs mowing lawns. Would you want to support five kids by mowing lawns?  It wouldn’t pay to get up in the morning.  And the rich people act like they’re doing you a favor by hiring you at minimum wage. 

To me, it’s so stupid it’s funny. 

Post script:  there’s a whole chapter in Mirror Reversal written in that discombobulated, confusing style.  Advertising tycoon, Meara Sniffington Meyer says:  “Dat’s not hippocritical, dare’s absolutely nothin’ wrong wit’ givin’ cash ta uddas less fortunate.”

I wrote this stuff four years ago and I still get a laugh out of it. 





Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 13, 2012 at 11:31pm

"... after she attempted to refer a client to another counselor because the client's file indicated a past gay relationship, a relationship Ms. Ward morally opposes as an evangelical Christian. ... "

  Isn't it the ethical thing to do, to recuse oneself for personal bias? Seems to me that Ms. Ward, acted professionally. She could have been unprofessional, taken on the client for therapy and done something horrible like recommend "reparitive therapy" or try and convince the patient that their homosexual feelings are wrong and need psychological correction. But she opted out, as  she should have. Or we going to punish every one we disagree with? - Gary

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2012 at 5:40pm

@Richard Goscicki, I am notoriously slow at catching on and  wondered if I had lost my mind and misjudged you as a wise, insightful writer ... then, OH! I get it. Yes, I laughed. 

"Let me know, did you get a chuckle out of that reply?  Didn’t know what to make of it, right?"   

Comment by Terry Groff on August 13, 2012 at 4:49pm

Trickle down economics? It's more like trickle ON.


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