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: 783
Latest Activity: May 8

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 25, 2012 at 9:55am

On Sunday afternoon (between 12 and 1 EST), AHA president David Niose will be on the Fox News Channel to discuss the equal protection lawsuit challenging "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. This should be interesting!!

Comment by Brian Magee on February 24, 2012 at 1:11pm

The Voice of Kurt Vonnegut: Audio Recording of 1992 Humanist of the Year Acceptance Speech

From the AHA archives, we hope you enjoy the official audio recording of the late prolific author and past AHA honorary president Kurt Vonnegut as he accepts the 1992 Humanist of the Year award. The title of his speech is, “Why My Dog is Not a Humanist.”

Comment by Harlem Humanists on February 24, 2012 at 12:28pm

The NYC event for the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers will be in Harlem. In fact the next closes promoted events are in D.C and Philadelphia. So this is serving the whole Tri-State (NY,NY & CT) area.


We're putting a special twist on our usual Mind Food + "Soul Food" combo. The details will interest you!

CFI-Harlem/Harlem Humanists will be gathering on Sunday February 26th to celebrate Day of Solidarity for Black Non-believers. This is a time to get together and enjoy bright minds and warm personalities. There's a noble story of freethought from within the African American and Pan-African tradition. This is a chance to connect with this tradition and each other. We'll begin at 1pm. The place is 583 Riverside Dr. in the "Brick Room". It's free. Just e-mail ( or call (646-820-CFIH) for all the details." RSVP if you can.

See you there. Regardless, please share this in the next two days with all you think will be interested. 

Comment by Brian Magee on February 23, 2012 at 12:02pm

Happy Human tattoo!



One of our Facebook friends, Ashley Decker, shared this picture with us so we thought we'd share it here, too!

Comment by Brian Magee on February 22, 2012 at 12:38pm

Were These U.S. Presidents Really Humanists?

Steve Major, the development associate for the AHA, explores the potential humanism of U.S. presidents.

How many humanist presidents have there already been? Officially, zero.

All 44 United States Presidents have claimed, in one form or another, to be Christian. Alas, even during the era of our nation’s founding fathers, in which reason was held up as one of mankind’s highest ideals, the voting public has largely agreed that electing a non-theist would be morally identical to raising Osama bin Laden from the dead and proclaiming him our emperor. 

To read the rest of the article, click here:

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.


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