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!

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Comment by Craigart14 on July 23, 2012 at 8:07am

Smartass. I was hoping not to have to repeat the list in Mr. Gienmarcos's post ("intrinsically irrational, anti-social, patriarchal, racist, or closed to meaningful dialogue.") Just a lazy typist.

Comment by Rich Goss on July 22, 2012 at 8:19pm

Unfortunately, those who lead these organizations often are irrational, anti-social, etc., and they have--literally--their bully pulpits.


Hey, Craig, wait a minute.  You just can’t say “etc.”  What about corrupt, hypocritical, elitist, bellicose, nepotistic, sexist, homophobic and plain ole un-American. 

Comment by Craigart14 on July 22, 2012 at 6:33pm

It's complicated. There are many Christians who call themselves scholars, but whose "scholarship" consists of trying to prove the truth of their faith. Some of the largest Christian organizations teach male superiority and authority, the importance of having a Christian nation (even going so far as to revise history so they can claim we are supposed to have a Christian nation), only reluctantly gave up racism as a core issue, fight against public healthcare, and push for Christian domination. Unfortunately, those who lead these organizations often are irrational, anti-social, etc., and they have--literally--their bully pulpits. They have appropriated the term "Christian," which was not in wide use when you and I were young because "Catholic" and "Protestant" were descriptive enough. I'm with Jefferson and Dawkins: I don't care much about my neighbors' religious beliefs, but in America there is a concerted effort to legislate conservative Christian doctrines into the law of the land. If you are all you say, you might ask yourself how many Christian leaders agree with you regarding real scholarship (not apologetics or "Creation Science"), socialism, public healthcare, gender equality, and separation of church and state. Your brother doesn't sound like much of a humanist, though. Self identification isn't always accurate.

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on July 21, 2012 at 10:53am

Are Progressives Harming Their Cause by Attacking Organized Religion and People
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It is simply false that all (or even most) people of sincere faith — including those who are conservative in their religious commitments — are intrinsically irrational, anti-social, patriarchal, racist, or closed to meaningful dialogue. It is equally false that humanists necessarily see the light and embrace progressive politics. In my case, I am a Christian, a scholar, and for more than 30 years now a socialist who supports public healthcare, gender equality, separation of church and state, environmentalism, and pacifism. My humanist brother reads Ayn Rand, watches Fox News and is a dedicated member of the National Rifle Association. He opposes gun control, is a global warming skeptic and supports expanded use of fossil fuels, including fracking (he owns land in an area where you can scarcely hurl a stone without beaning one or two Chesapeake Energy employees). My brother and I do not conform to the stereotypes, and neither do countless other people.


Comment by Brian Magee on July 20, 2012 at 3:35pm

Humanists Denounce Rep. Gohmert's Comments Linking Colorado Shootings to “Attacks on Judeo-Christian Beliefs”

For Immediate Release

Contact: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088, mobile: (202) 681-2425,

(Washington, DC – July 20, 2012) – Humanists are expressing ire over the comments made today by Rep. Louie Gohmert (Texas) suggesting that last night’s shooting at a Colorado movie theater was linked to “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs.” Gohmert participated in a radio interview on The Heritage Foundation’s “Istook Live!” show and was reported in The Huffington Post.

“Rep. Louis Gohmert truly tortures logic when he concludes that this violence had something to do with perceived attacks on majority faith in America,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “At a time when families are mourning in the wake of this tragedy, Gohmert used it as an opportunity to push a religious agenda.”  

Gohmert suggested the shootings could have been avoided if the country placed a higher value on God when he stated, “We've threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God's name, they're going to be jailed ... I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don't want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present."

 “Our condolences go out to the victims and families of the Colorado movie theater shooting,” Speckhardt continued. “In the aftermath of this terrible event, we hope that communities can work together, using reason, to prevent such tragedies in the future. Rep. Gohmert’s overt religious pandering has no place in the wake of tragedy like this.”

Comment by Brian Magee on July 19, 2012 at 2:04pm

In the latest edition of Humanist Network News, the AHA's Steve Major lets us know who he thinks are the top 10 atheist characters on television.

Comment by Brian Magee on July 17, 2012 at 2:40pm

Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans by AHA President David Niose is now available!

This book about secular Americans emerging to fight for equality and rational public policy has been praised by Richard Dawkins, Stephen Pinker, Michael Shermer and others.

Comment by Brian Magee on July 16, 2012 at 8:33am

Are you a federal employee? Support your values and donate to American Humanist Association through the Combined Federal Campaign! Our CFC number is 19492. Learn more at


Comment by Brian Magee on July 13, 2012 at 3:24pm

Wilmington, NC City Council Asked To Stop Unconstitutional Sectarian Prayers

For Immediate Release

William J. Burgess, 202-238-9088,
Brian Magee, 202-238-9088, mobile: (202) 681-2425,

(Washington, DC – July 13, 2012) – The American Humanist Association is asking the Wilmington, NC city council to stop holding sectarian prayers during public meetings because it is a violation of the separation of church and state. The prayers have frequently been expressly Christian in nature.

The AHA’s legal department, the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, sent a letter on July 11, 2012 to the Wilmington City Council pointing out why including of exclusive sectarian prayers during council meetings is unconstitutional and must cease. The letter includes details about the legal decisions that clearly make the practice unconstitutional, asking the council to realize that “all city residents deserve to feel welcome when interacting with their government. Beginning public meetings with divisive prayers produces the opposite effect, corroding the broad civic engagement that is fundamental to the proper functioning of our secular and democratic form of government.”

“Sectarian prayers before public governmental meetings are unconstitutional because it amounts to an official endorsement of the particular religion that the prayers reflect,” wrote Appignani Legal Center Director William J. Burgess in his letter. “The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has been very clear in its cases interpreting the Establishment Clause in this area.”

“The Wilmington City Council should create an environment where everyone is welcome,” said American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt. “By continuing to include prayers that openly endorse a single religion, the council is telling Wilmington citizens outside that faith that they are unwelcome.”

A copy of the letter can be found online here:

Comment by Brian Magee on July 12, 2012 at 1:09pm

AHA Meets with U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Capitol Hill

American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt and AHA Communications Director Maggie Ardiente met with several members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom today at the U.S. Capitol to represent humanists, atheists, and agnostics in the United States and abroad. In addition, the American Humanist Association also met with the staff of Congresspersons who are members of the International Religious Freedom Caucus and representatives from the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Religious Freedom.

Members of the working group of organizations concerned with religious freedom abroad include a diverse range of religious and civil liberties organizations in Washington DC. The American Humanist Association was the only nontheist organization in attendance and highlighted the need to include people of non-faith in the protection of religious freedom.

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, chairperson for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, was present at the meeting and discussed ways in which the commission plans to work with NGO organizations and hear more about each community of faith and non-faith in order to achieve the goal of religious freedom for all. Representatives from other organizations highlighted the need for support in countries such as Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Nigeria, where individuals are being persecuted for their beliefs as a member of a minority religion. The American Humanist Association is particularly concerned with atheist discrimination, such as the case of Alexander Aan, who was sentenced to jail in Indonesia for being an atheist.

The AHA looks forward to future meetings with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the International Religious Freedom Caucus, and the U.S. State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom to work toward the common goal of freedom of conscience and belief.



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