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 January 27, 2012 at 3:04pm

A new episode of the Humanist Hour is available for listening!

The Humanist Hour #70: Humanist Community Project at Harvard

 In this month’s podcast, Jes Constantine and Todd Stiefel speak with Harvard University’s Humanist Chaplain, Greg Epstein, about the Humanist Community Project. Plus, hear a followup interview with Dr. Darrel Ray about his new book: "Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality."

Comment by Brian Magee on January 26, 2012 at 1:00pm

Can a Candidate Be Too Religious?

by American Humanist Association President David Niose


When Rick Santorum did surprisingly well in the Iowa caucuses on January 3, many Americans started taking a serious look at his views. One revelation that quickly came to light was that the former Pennsylvania senator, a devout Catholic, takes his religion very seriously. In fact, via news accounts appearing immediately after the Iowa caucuses, many Americans learned that Santorum, like his church, is highly critical of birth control and believes that nonprocreativ....

This makes Santorum more Catholic than the typical American Catholic. Although the Vatican considers contraception not just a sin, but a mortal sin, most American Catholics, preferring to cherry-pick from the moral standards of their church, simply don't accept such religious dictates. They may identify as Catholic, but they'll use condoms and/or the pill, and they'll even get a vasectomy or tubal ligation once they've decided they've had enough kids.


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Comment by Brian Magee on January 25, 2012 at 3:25pm

Humanist Crossword Puzzle: The Beginning and the End

Each week Humanist Network News ezine includes a humanist crossword puzzle! The latest can be found here.

Comment by Brian Magee on January 23, 2012 at 3:08pm

Humanist Chaplains and Conscientious Objectors

By E. James Lieberman

The claim that there are no atheists in foxholes is false. The armed forces include the whole spectrum of belief, even in the heat of battle. More important is the fact that there are conscientious objectors in the military today—some religious, some not. Since there is no draft, the only conscientious objectors in uniform are those unfamiliar with traditional peace churches; only after enlistment do they realize that they cannot participate in war. They have a difficult time trying to leave the military without getting an undesirable discharge.

The Center on Conscience & War (CC&W), founded in 1940 as the National Service Board for Religious Objectors, has grown from a small group of traditional peace churches (Quaker, Mennonite, Brethren) to be more inclusive. The CC&W advisory board includes dozens of organizations including the American Humanist Association. Roy Speckhardt recently told CC&W director, Maria Santelli and me about the AHA’s effort, with the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, to introduce humanist chaplains into the armed forces. The fact that evangelical chaplains—the vast majority—are against it is upsetting, even if not surprising. CC&W often consults with military chaplains, and now includes one (retired) on its board.

Read the rest of the article from the latest issue of Humanist Network News here:

Comment by Brian Magee on January 20, 2012 at 1:12pm

For those who will be in Washington, DC for the Reason Rally on March 24, consider coming to the AHA's pre-rally reception, Friday, March 23 at our national office, co-hosted by the Washington Area Secular Humanists.

An RSVP is required as space will be limited.

Comment by Brian Magee on January 19, 2012 at 12:25pm

Humanists of Rhode Island join their state's Adopt A Highway program.

Comment by Brian Magee on January 18, 2012 at 10:18am

AHA Joins Others In Opposing SOPA/PIPA

To help bring awareness to the attack on freedoms of expression and free speech included in proposed SOPA/PIPA legislation, the AHA has placed a blank panel on it's main web page with a link to a website ( where people can easily inform their senators of their opposition

Comment by Brian Magee on January 12, 2012 at 9:31am

Nonbelievers Applaud Court Ruling to Remove Religious Banner from Rhode Island Public School

American Humanist Association leaders applauded the ruling issued last night by U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux ordering the immediate removal of a prayer banner in a Rhode Island high school. The suit was brought by student Jessica Ahlquist, and the ruling supports her claim that the banner violates church-state separation legal principles.

"We are so proud of Jessica for fighting to protect church-state separation," said American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt. "She recognized injustice, stood up for what is right, and persevered in the face of harassment. She fought for the rights of nonbelievers and religious minorities and is an example for everyone."

For the rest of the press release, click here.

Comment by Brian Magee on January 11, 2012 at 3:22pm

Humanists Disappointed in Supreme Court’s Decision to Allow Religious Groups to Discriminate in Employment

(Washington, DC - January 11, 2012) -- Leadership at the American Humanist Association (AHA) expressed disappointment today with the United States Supreme Court’s decision exempting religious employers from anti-discrimination laws. The ruling will allow religious organizations to discriminate against women, racial minorities and the disabled in their employment decisions, even when such bias has no basis in religious doctrine.

“The Supreme Court has agreed to approve systematic religious discrimination with today’s ruling,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “The ruling overlooks the essential concept that no one should be allowed to circumvent the law.”

To read the rest of the press release, click here.

Comment by Brian Magee on January 10, 2012 at 9:44am

Feb. 12 is International Darwin Day!

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 the linked website you can find resources and information about what's going on in your area.

If you are hosting a Darwin Day event, you can post information about it on our events listing.


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