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

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 February 21, 2012 at 8:05am

A Father’s Eulogy, for Jared Samuel Townsley

Gregg Townsley, father of humanist mountaineer Jared Townsley, eulogizes his son.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 17, 2012 at 2:31pm

"I’m a What?" Eliciting Latent Humanism

In this month’s Brainstormin’ column from Humanist Network News, Andy Norman writes on his experiences with religious students and finding their inner humanism, including a "If you believe that … you just might be a humanist!" test.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 17, 2012 at 7:46am

Humanists Applaud Cranston School Banner Decision To Not Appeal Federal Court Ruling

(Washington, DC – Feb. 16, 2012) – Humanists are applauding the 5-2 decision tonight by the Cranston School Committee in Rhode Island to not pursue an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling to immediately remove a prayer banner from the Cranston West High School auditorium wall.

“Given the strength of the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux, it would have been tough for the school system to appeal,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “We’re certainly glad that the committee decided to not waste any more time and money in pursuing one.”

Read the rest of the press release here:

Comment by Brian Magee on February 16, 2012 at 2:31pm

For those who would like to join the AHA, you can visit our website here. There is a free online only version as well as paid memberships.

Now, here's a fun trinket we found while doing some early spring cleaning. :)

Comment by Brian Magee on February 15, 2012 at 10:02am

An AHA fundraising appeal resulted in a "friendly" warning about our future from one potential donor.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 14, 2012 at 9:01am

Oral Arguments Presented in Massachusetts Case Challenging “Under God” in Pledge of Allegiance

AHA is pioneering new legal strategy with this case to protect the rights of atheists and agnostics.

This is a big deal because we are using the "equal protection" rights from the state constitution rather than the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment to argue the case.

If we are victorious, as we expect to be, this strategy can be used in other states to protect rights that have been denied to nonbelievers otherwise.

For the press release, click here.
For a Fox News story, click here.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 13, 2012 at 3:17pm

Help Eradicate Poverty in the Slums of Calcutta

Humanist Charities is proud to announce that it is partnering with Responsible Charity Corp, a humanist charity founded by Hemley Gonzalez, that works to eradicate poverty in the slums of Calcutta in India.

Calcutta remains stricken by poverty, malnutrition, and a host of other medical and economic problems. With your help, we can improve the lives of countless individuals who are struggling to survive. A gift of $10, $25, $50 - or any amount - will make a difference.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 10, 2012 at 11:13am

ACTION ALERT: Tell President Obama not to cave to the Religious Rig...

Click link to send a message to the president.

Comment by Brian Magee on February 9, 2012 at 4:00pm

For those going to Darwin Day events, how about sharing some pictures with us!

Comment by Brian Magee on February 8, 2012 at 3:42pm

Honoring Darwin Day

Co-authored by U.S. Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) and American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt.

On Feb. 12 we'll commemorate the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, a celebration around the world known as Darwin Day, to appreciate the advancement of human knowledge and the achievements of science and reason. It must also be a day when we push back against the politicization and undermining of science by ideologues and zealots.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Charles Darwin, who changed the course of human history by bringing science and reason to the fore. His theory of evolution by natural selection not only provided a compelling explanation for the diversity of life on earth, it became the foundation of modern biology, genetics, and medicine. His scientific curiosity and discovery led to breakthroughs that have helped humanity solve innumerable problems and improve our quality of life.

To read the rest of this Huffington Post article, click here.


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