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 Anthony Graham on December 27, 2011 at 12:42am

Open Positions, National Atheist Party

The National Atheist Party is looking for people to fill positions.  If you know of anyone that identifies with any of the following worldviews/areas please contact or follow the links below.

GLBT Affairs



Native American-


Middle Eastern-


Health and Welfare-



Anthony Graham
Anthropology and Sociology Advisor
Chair of the Diversity Council
National Atheist Party

Comment by Brian Magee on December 23, 2011 at 12:54pm

Humanist Network News is an AHA weekly ezine containing a wide variety of offerings, including news, opinion, crosswords, poetry, and comics. Feel free to take part in this free offering. You can also make comments, adding your voice to the mix!

Comment by Brian Magee on December 22, 2011 at 8:46am

U.S. News & World Report Debate Club: Has Christmas Become Too Secular?

AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhard was one of the people invited to participate in this round of Debate Club. Click on over and award a few up votes!

Comment by Brian Magee on December 21, 2011 at 1:46pm

We are less than 1,000 Facebook friends away from overtaking Betty Bowers, "America's Best Christian" and Landover Baptist Church matriarch!

Comment by Brian Magee on December 20, 2011 at 12:38pm

(AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt's most recent Patheos column is up.)

Wishy-Washier Than Thou

Faith isn't possible for those who doubt, experiment, and accept the facts presented when religious claims are honestly tested.

Eric Weiner's recent wishy-washier-than-thou New York Times article, "Americans: Undecided About God?", presents a curious new bias to decipher when it comes to religion and nonbelievers.

Weiner walks in well-worn shoes when he tries to tackle a cultural issue by opening with a complaint and offering a possibly better path. He says we are terrible when it comes to talking about god and asks for a new "religious operating system." But he's sadly lacking in clarity and hopelessly striving for impossibility.


Comment by Brian Magee on December 19, 2011 at 3:49pm

This is one of the articles included in the most recent Humanist Network News, a free weekly eizine from the AHA.

Celebrating Love and Light: 10 Holiday Tips for the Post-Religious

By Valerie Tarico

Is the holiday season more glitter than glow for you lately? For a humanist who seeks to live a life centered in reason and compassion, the holiday time can be surprisingly challenging. Old traditions may not fit anymore, but what does? We see ourselves as an integral part of nature, and the beauties of the winter season surround us, but how can you bring the season into your home in a way that feels rich and satisfying? We humanists find meaning in relationships, but reunions can be fraught with peril. If an old Christian friend or family member uses Christmas cards or gatherings as an opportunity to evangelize, you may even find yourself feeling downright crabby. How can you shake it off?


Comment by Brian Magee on December 19, 2011 at 12:14pm

This is one of the articles included in the most recent Humanist Network News, a free weekly eizine from the AHA.

Building a Strong and Diverse Community: A Profile of Black Atheist...

By Ayanna Watson

Black Atheists of America (BAAm) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between atheism and the black community. I founded the organization in 2010 with the intention of diversifying the growing atheist movement and promoting critical thinking.


Comment by Brian Magee on December 16, 2011 at 8:26am

Humanists Mourn Christopher Hitchens: Stalwart for Atheism

(Washington, DC - December 16, 2011) -- Humanists and atheists are saddened by the death of the prolific writer and outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens, who died Thursday at the age of 62 after battling esophageal cancer.

“Humanity has lost a powerful stalwart for atheism,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “Christopher Hitchens changed the discussion about religion and non-belief by championing public criticism of theology.”


Comment by Brian Magee on December 14, 2011 at 12:50pm

One hundred of these are currently inside Washington, DC buses as part of the AHA's current public awareness ad campaign. There are also exterior bus ads with the same message.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 14, 2011 at 12:43pm

Want to expand your knowledge of Humanism? How about taking online courses? Visit the Continuum of Humanist Education (COHE) to take courses on Introduction to Humanism; Humanist Activism & Organization; Humanism & Psychology; Law & Politics; Religion & Spirituality; and Ethics.

Special thanks to the Institute for Humanist Studies and The Humanist Institute for putting this educational resource together.


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