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 Brian Magee on April 10, 2012 at 3:39pm

Our wonderful puzzle creator, Dan Mason, has created a special Drop Quotes puzzle inspired by the Reason Rally!

When you meet a bible bully...
How the Reason Rally saved my sanity

My family was riding the Metro back to Bethesda after the Reason Rally. A gang of bible bullies got on the same car we were on. The men, in their 40s, were wearing work clothes adorned with jesus debris: hats, pins, T-shirts, jackets. One was wearing a sash. They were carrying pole sections and the banner they had no doubt proudly displayed to save the Reasonable People at the Rally.

The four men strode into the car bragging loudly about how they had, “Showed them atheists a thing or two.” They took seats in the middle of the car and started congratulating themselves on “Doing god’s work.” (Yeah, the probably would have capitalized god.) No one took the bait. Then they started talking about how much they respected the Amish because they worshipped the gospel and acted in a christian manner. I suggested it was too bad that more people didn't act in a christian manner, whereupon I became the target of their verbal assaults: This was America and they could talk it they wanted to; Who was I to deny their right to their religion? etc. Their noise made any verbal response from me impossible. I waved my hand and pointed at the bible one was carrying. They stopped
shouting for a moment. I showed them a bible verse I had seen in the tent at the Reason Rally. Another atheist used his smart phone and looked it up for me.

Our stop was next. The bullies spent the intervening time trying to find a bible verse they could use to shut me up.

Comment by Richard ∑wald on April 9, 2012 at 2:19pm

Thank you Brian for making sure this group is updated, well done!

Comment by Brian Magee on April 9, 2012 at 1:30pm

The Humanist Institute, an affiliate organization of the American Humanist Association, is pleased to announce a new online course is now available. Philosophy and the Humanist Connection is the Institute’s latest addition to COHE, the Internet’s first website offering interactive courses in humanist thought. 

For more information, click here.

Comment by Brian Magee on April 6, 2012 at 12:33pm

The International Freethought Film Festival has extended the deadline for submission to April 15.

Festivities will run from July 31st to August 5th, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

For information, visit:

Comment by Brian Magee on April 5, 2012 at 1:21pm

A woman has made this humanist box as a gift to someone being confirmed in the Norwegian Humanist Association (they have a secular coming of age ceremony).

You can see the thread with more pictures and explaining how it was made here:

Comment by Brian Magee on April 3, 2012 at 12:32pm

The AHA is pleased to have received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. The AHA is also a BBB Accredited Charity and a "Valued Partner" by GuideStar. We're proud of our commitment to accountability and transparency. Thank you to our donors for your support!

Comment by Brian Magee on April 2, 2012 at 11:00am

In this month's Humanist Hour podcast, experience the Reason Rally, the largest gathering of the secular movement in the world: Author and blogger Greta Christina tells us why she is angry, Taslima Nasrin describes her experience of fighting for secularism in a country from which she has been exiled, Mythbuster Adam Savage describes his definition of reason, with Australian musicians Tim Minchin and Shelley Segal.

For complete details, visit the podcast website at:

Comment by Brian Magee on March 28, 2012 at 4:00pm

Humanist Press Becomes First Freethought Publisher of Ebooks

For immediate release

Contact: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088 ex. 105, Mobile: (202) 681-2425

(Washington, DC – March 28, 2012) – On March 23, 2012 Humanist Press became the only publisher in the humanist/freethought/atheist market to offer new titles as ebooks, making the electronic format the main focus of the publisher. The move is part of an overall effort by Humanist Press to enter the rapidly growing ebook market.  

Candidate Without a Prayer by atheist activist Herb Silverman will be the first title to be launched by Humanist Press as an ebook. This funny and witty autobiography covers Silverman’s journey from an atheist Jew living in South Carolina to his run for governor in the early ‘90s, despite the state’s constitution forbidding it because he lacked a belief in a “supreme being.” 

“The humor and wit in Herb Silverman’s new book will captivate readers and have them laughing out loud,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “His sharp, candid look at running for political office as an atheist in a religiously conservative state will enlighten and entertain believers and nonbelievers alike. We couldn’t be more pleased to have Candidate Without a Prayer set the tone for our new ebook effort.”

Candidate Without a Prayer is a joint publishing project between Humanist Press and Pitchstone Publishing. Pitchstone Publishing will release the hardback version on June 15, 2012.

As the publishing house of the American Humanist Association, Humanist Press has been publishing a wide range of humanist books since 1995, including Eyes Wide Open by best-selling author George Erickson; Humanism As the Next Step by Lloyd and Mary Morain, originally published in 1954 and updated in 1998; and Corliss Lamont's long-lasting The Philosophy of Humanism, having been in print since 1949 and translated into several languages.

Working with e-publishing software from Impelsys, Humanist Press ebooks will take full advantage of the available features, including interactive reader commentary, author videos, and useful web links. Ebooks from Humanist Press will be available at all the major online sites, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Ebooks, and the Apple iBookstore. They will also be available from our own website:

Upcoming Humanist Press titles will include Hope in Small Doses by Nikki Stern, author of Because I Say So: The Dangerous Appeal of Moral Authority (Bascom Hill, May 2010); Damned Good Company, by lawyer Luis Granados; and Make the Break (If You Can) by retired NASA scientist Reginald J. Exton.

For more information, use the links below:

Press Conference video from National Press Club on March 23, 2012

Statement on Historical Significance

Small Humanist Press Logo

Upcoming Titles from Humanist Press

Comment by Brian Magee on March 28, 2012 at 9:09am

AHA Exec. Dir. Roy Speckhardt will be a guest on Armstrong Williams' Right Side Wire radio program at 10:30 a.m. Eastern this morning and can be streamed via the link below. The topic will be "What is Humanism?"

The program is also broadcast daily on WGCV Radio in Columbia, SC, from 4-5:00 PM and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio 128 daily from 7-8:00 PM, WTNT 730 AM/102.9 FM in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia “The Truth” 6-7:00 PM and WGNU 930 AM St. Louis, MO 7-10 PM.

Comment by Brian Magee on March 27, 2012 at 10:49am


On Monday, March 26, American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt was on Fox News to discuss the recent Reason Rally, as well as humanism and atheism. The video can be seen here.


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