American Humanist Association (AHA)

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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.

Website: http://www.americanhumanist.org
Location: Washington, DC
Members: 782
Latest Activity: Apr 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 HumanistPress.com

 

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 July 10, 2012 at 3:08pm

Did you read this CNN story about optimism, Is Optimism Really Good For You? What about this NY Times piece on the false ideas we think make us happy, Don't Indulge, Be Happy?

The latest book from Humanist Press, Hope in Small Doses, by Nikki Stern outlines the embrace of a redefined, re-imagined version of hope--one that works for aware, intelligent skeptics.


Be sure to check out all six of Nikki Stern's videos for the book on YouTube.

Comment by Brian Magee on July 9, 2012 at 1:33pm

Here is a summarized version of Humanism and its Aspirations, the most recent Humanist Manifesto adopted by the AHA Board of Directors (2003). These cards are available free to AHA chapters and affiliates.

The entire one-page document can be found here: http://www.americanhumanist.org/Humanism/Humanist_Manifesto_III

 

Comment by Brian Magee on July 6, 2012 at 3:07pm

Five Recommendations for a New Politeness

by Roy Speckhardt, executive director, American Humanist Association

For many of us, the first and most important lesson from our childhood is the Golden Rule. In a graduation speechat the University of Notre Dame, even President Obama made reference to it when he said, "For if there is one law that we can be most certain of, it is the law that binds people of all faiths and no faith together. It is no coincidence that it exists in Christianity and Judaism; in Islam and Hinduism; in Buddhism and humanism. It is, of course, the Golden Rule -- the call to treat one another as we wish to be treated."

This is a universal concept that anyone can understand and apply to their own life.

For a time, there was a concerted attempt to apply this reasoning to the language we use in everyday conversations. A close look at our language choices revealed that the prejudices within our society were being reflected and reinforced in common speech. It was pointed out that referring to women as girls was belittling, calling something gay because it appeared effeminate was offensive, and referring to recent immigrants as foreigners was disparaging. This positively motivated movement was eventually stymied by occasional excesses and pushback from the conservative and religious right.

Engaging in insensitive speech is unnecessary and should receive society's condemnation, but it is also unnecessary for speech to be made illegal or result in top down censorship; excesses that tend toward censorship are real concerns. Remember Nipplegate? The Federal Communications Commission tried to fine CBS for politically incorrect indecency when Janet Jackson's right breast was partially exposed during a Super Bowl half-time show. Instead of being an example of how our bodies aren't something to be ashamed of, the fine per indecency violation was hiked from $27,000 to $325,000 after this incident. Additionally, as this movement progressed, an idea gained traction that critique of religion was automatically offensive. 

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

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Comment by Brian Magee on July 5, 2012 at 3:34pm

The Ten Commitments: Guiding Principles for Teaching Values in Public Schools

These principles -- without any specific religious creed -- form a strong basis on which character development can be delivered to the nation's public school students.

By Roy Speckhardt, July 03, 2012

Despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1980 that declared posting the Ten Commandments in public schools unconstitutional (Stone v. Graham), attempts to violate the law are still rampant. The New Kensington-Arnold School District in Pennsylvania is being sued for a Ten Commandments monument on school property. In Giles County, Virginia, school administrators recently decided to stop their legal battleto keep the Ten Commandments on a wall in a public high school there. And in other places the Decalogue remains unchallenged.

It is a common assertion among many proponents of displaying the Ten Commandments in schools or on other government property that their motivations aren't religious. They claim that America's legal system is based on these ancient Hebrew tenets (from which they have to choose a version) and that displaying them would be the same as displaying any other historical manuscript. Of course, such claims are easily shownto be sham reasoning, since promotion of their particular religion is their true aim and the Ten Commandments have very little to do with our English Common Law-based legal system.

 

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

To read the Ten Commitments, click here.

Comment by James M. Martin on July 3, 2012 at 6:49pm

@ Joan, you and Carrier are right on!

Comment by Brian Magee on July 3, 2012 at 1:57pm

The Parade of Privilege: How Government Favors Religion

Luis Granados, director of the AHA’s publishing house, Humanist Press, responds to the Catholic bishops' Fortnight for Freedom, a 14-day campaign which, according to the Washington Post, “purports to champion religious freedom, but in actuality distorts it by promoting the use of religion as a license to discriminate.”

Religious Privilege #8: Second Class Marriage

One of the main drivers behind the bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign is the church’s visceral opposition to same-sex marriage. Now, if the government were to force people to marry others of their same sex, that would certainly violate religious (and other) liberty. But how does broadening freedom for a minority take away from the religious or other liberty of anyone else? For the simple reason, says the church, that “religious liberty” requires the freedom to discriminate in myriad ways against those in lawful marriages of which the church disapproves. A freedom which it already has, even in the handful of states like New York that have legalized same-sex marriage.

To read the rest of this article, click here.

Visit the American Humanist Association’s Facebook page every day through July 4 where we counter the Catholic Bishop’s Fortnight for Freedom by posting a special privilege experienced only by churches in the United States.

Comment by Brian Magee on July 3, 2012 at 12:07pm

Help Victims of the Colorado Wildfires

A raging wildfire in Colorado has forced tens of thousands to flee and destroyed over 340 homes. Officials are calling it the most destructive fire in the state's history, and President Obama has declared Colorado a federal disaster area. Those who have been affected by the fires include members of the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs, a chapter of the American Humanist Association.

AHA Vice President and co-owner of the Colorado Springs-based company EvolveFISH.com, Rebecca Hale, will be organizing a food and water drive for the brave Colorado firefighters and employees of the U.S. Forest Service that have worked to contain the fires and help keep people safe.

Humanist Charities will be raising money to support the Colorado firefighters and those who have lost their homes. If you'd like to make a donation, please click here.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 2, 2012 at 4:50pm

Are Christians Delusional?" Richard Carrier

Delusion Psychology trumps reason: the good news

 

*the more one is forced to defend a belief, the more he/she has to think about it (counteracts all previous)

 

*cognitive dissonance increases the starker (and more important) are the options/contradictions

 

*combine and sustain both = effective 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 2, 2012 at 4:44pm

Are Christians Delusional?" Richard Carrier

Delusion consists of

*certinty (held with absolute conviction)

*incorrigibility (not changeable by compelling counterargument or proof to the contrary)

*impossibility bizarre, or patently untrue)

"Are Christians Delusional?" Richard Carrier Skepticon 3

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28PjVaW4kKI&list=PL075140E131A8D...

Comment by Brian Magee on July 2, 2012 at 1:20pm

The Parade of Privilege: How Government Favors Religion

Luis Granados, director of the AHA’s publishing house, Humanist Press, responds to the Catholic bishops' Fortnight for Freedom, a 14-day campaign which, according to the Washington Post, “purports to champion religious freedom, but in actuality distorts it by promoting the use of religion as a license to discriminate.”

Religious Privilege #7: Prisons

The most ludicrous examples of government special privilege for religion can be found in our prisons, which are supposed to be places where ordinary freedoms are left at the door. Thanks to the efforts of Watergate jailbird Charles Colson, the same RLUIPA law that gives churches an unfair advantage in routine zoning matters also gives prisoners incredible power to ignore ordinary prison rules, just by claiming that God (or even the devil) said so.

Senators as diverse as Harry Reid and Strom Thurmond expressed misgivings about the change. Thurmond, not ordinarily considered a humanist here, sagely warned that “Inmates have used religion as a cover to organize prison uprisings, get drugs into prison, promote gang activity, and interfere in important prison health regulations. Additional legal protections will make it much harder for corrections officials to control these abuses of religious rights.” But, they voted for it anyway, because they didn’t want to offend the God experts.

To read the rest of this article, click here.

Visit the American Humanist Association’s Facebook page every day through July 4 where we counter the Catholic Bishop’s Fortnight for Freedom by posting a special privilege experienced only by churches in the United States.

 

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