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: 779
Latest Activity: on Sunday

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 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.

Comment by Brian Magee on July 2, 2012 at 10:53am

Take Action: Tell Congress To Support The Military Spouses Equal Tr...

Dear Friend,
 

Now that the disgraceful “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy has been repealed, most Americans think our troops are serving freely and fairly alongside each other. Unfortunately, this is just not the case.

Federal law unfortunately still discriminates against married gay and lesbian service members, veterans, and their families by denying them crucial protections and creating two classes of service members in our armed forces.

Thankfully, Representative Adam Smith(WA) recently proposed legislation that would extend these benefits and protections to same-sex partners of military service members.

HB 6406, also known as the Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act, would enable same-sex spouses and partners of military personnel and veterans to “obtain essential benefits, including insurance, housing allowances and survivor benefits.” This legislation would finally remove the discriminatory gap in our armed forces and allow gay and lesbian service members and their families to get the benefits and rights that they deserve.

Stand up for the rights of LGBT soldiers who risk their lives every...

The American Humanist Association firmly believes in the right of all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, to be treated equally and justly by their government. Congress must pass legislation such as HB 6406 that works to protect the rights of all Americans and removes the remnants of institutional discrimination.

Please take a moment to contact your Representative today and ask him or her to support the Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act.

Sincerely,
Roy Speckhardt
Executive Director
Comment by James M. Martin on July 1, 2012 at 4:22pm

The truly scary part, at least here in Texas, is that the Christer bigots in the legislature run the majority party with a thoroughly theocratic platform, no doubt to show there'll be none of that Sharia stuff in the Lone Star State.  But what they emphasize is terrifying: abolition of any sort of learning that calls for "critical thinking."  Critical in this context is synonymous with rational, and with analytical.  We have far too many anti-critical people right now.  They claim fossils are God's plants to make fools of evolutionists and that God allowed Adam to dominate dinosaurs.

Comment by Brian Magee on July 1, 2012 at 6:55am

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 #6: Sabotaging Secular Education

The only way religion can survive is by constant brainwashing of impressionable young minds. It’s a rare bird indeed who is raised without religious indoctrination, then after reaching the age of reason looks at the evidence, slaps his forehead and says “Of course! A Trinity! It must be so.”

America’s bishops fought a bitter battle for decades against secular education, sternly admonishing the faithful that it was the gravest of mortal sins to send their children to public schools when a parochial school was available.

To read the rest of this article, click here.

Visit the American Humanist Association’s Facebook page every day beginning June 27 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 June 30, 2012 at 10:39am

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 #5: The Government PR Campaign

The most astonishing conundrum about the bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign is how anyone could imagine that a government so bent on promoting religious belief could be accused of persecuting people for it.

We have a government that in 1954 changed the longstanding Pledge of Allegiance every school child must recite, to insert an “under God” proviso that marginalizes millions of non-religious Americans. This persecutes religion?

To read the rest of this article, click here.

Visit the American Humanist Association’s Facebook page every day beginning June 27 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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