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 December 20, 2013 at 9:48am
Comment by Brian Magee on December 19, 2013 at 11:18am

Six seats of our twelve member board are up for election in 2014. Nominees must have been members in good standing of the AHA for one or more years immediately prior to nomination. The deadline for submitting candidates is April 25, 2014.


Comment by Brian Magee on December 18, 2013 at 10:10am

We're happy to welcome a new chapter group, End of the Line Humanists, to the American Humanist Association family!

If you're in the greater Chicago area of Illinois or the surrounding area and would like more information on this local chapter, you can contact Cynthia Quam by email at or call 708-383-5275.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 13, 2013 at 3:13pm


Dr. Monica R. Miller, the author of "Religion and Hip Hop," has created a new online course for The Humanist Institute's Continuum For Humanist Education.

More details on the course, "Humanism and/in Hip-Hop," can be found here.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 11, 2013 at 10:50am

Request For Humanist Invocation Denied by Florida County Commissioners
American Humanist Association Legal Center Demands End to Unconstitutional Behavior

(Washington, DC, Dec.11, 2013) — The Martin County Florida Board of County Commissioners has denied a request by a humanist to deliver the invocation at a regular board meeting, making the unconstitutional claim that only the Martin County Ministerial Association can grant the request stating that “the County does not organize that function.”

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter on Dec. 9, 2013 to the board on behalf of Joe Beck, a Humanist chaplain and founder of the Humanists of the Treasure Coast, making it clear that it is not permissible to give away this responsibility. “The government can neither delegate its functions to a religious organization nor employ invocation selection procedures that categorically exclude a specific faith, such as Humanism,” the letter states. “As such, this letter demands that Martin County permit Mr. Beck or a member of his Humanist congregation to deliver an invocation and to revise its selection procedures to comport with the Constitution.”

“One of the other constitutional problems with this practice is that it permits certain faiths such as Humanism to be categorically excluded from the selection process,” said Appignani Humanist Legal Center attorney Monica Miller. “Because of this, the invocations being offered are by clergy selected by a sectarian religious entity with the ultimate power to exclude speakers from any faith it desires.”

Martin County Attorney Michael D. Durham has told the Appignani Humanist Legal Center they will be launching an investigation.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 5, 2013 at 3:52pm

We have signed on to two coalition letters recently, one calling for Congress to replace sequestration with a bipartisan, balanced approach, the other calling for increased funding for both domestic and international family planning programs.

Details can be found in the "news" section of our website (, a place where you can also access more detailed information about the all the work we do!

Comment by Brian Magee on December 4, 2013 at 3:08pm

We're happy to welcome a new chapter group, Humanists of the Treasure Coast, to the American Humanist Association family!

If you're in the Treasure Coast region of Florida or the surrounding area and would like more information on this local chapter, you can go to their website You can also contact Joe Beck by email at joebeck@humtc or call 772-934-6167.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 3, 2013 at 8:29am

It's #GivingTuesday! After scoring Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we hope you'll take a moment to support your favorite charities and make a special donation to the American Humanist Association. Text HUMANIST to 50555 to donate $10!

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Comment by Brian Magee on November 18, 2013 at 9:03am

Comment by Brian Magee on November 15, 2013 at 8:27am

“Holidays and Other Disasters," released today by Humanist Press, is an Antidote to Sarah Palin’s Cockeyed Christmas Canon

As we enter another holiday season, John G. Rodwan’s "Holidays and Other Disasters" is a timely and needed antidote to claims made by people like Sarah Palin in her recently released "Good Tidings and Great Joy," a book where she laments the made up “war on Christmas” and demands universal acceptance of public religious displays. While Rodwan agrees that Christmas is a religious holiday and should be treated that way, fights against the “pervasive, persistent assumption that everyone – unless he or she belongs to another popular confessional group, and perhaps even then – should carry on at least some traditions connected with Christmas makes itself felt toward the end of each year.”

More details on the book here:


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