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: 781
Latest Activity: Feb 14

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 Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 4:02pm

"Courthouse Grounds Used For Exclusive Christian Displays".

The nativity display is without a doubt the ugliest display of any nature I can even imagine. Even my kindergarten Sunday school class of 40 years ago could put up a better one that that!

If I were a believer, I would either request that no more monstrosities such as this be put up, or offer to design and build one myself. It is an embarrassment to their community.

A simple bench/s set up for people to sit together and discuss ideas would be a far better demonstration of community spirit.

How about a discussion circle such as this with a nice drinking fountain close by, inviting all to come and discuss ideas, surround it with roses or other aromatic foliage native to their area. Make it a place of welcome and inclusion :


Comment by Brian Magee on January 13, 2014 at 9:26am

Comment by Brian Magee on January 10, 2014 at 1:47pm


Courthouse Grounds Used For Exclusive Christian Displays

For Immediate Release


Brian Magee,, 202-238-9088
David Niose,, 202-238-9088

(Washington, DC, Jan. 10, 2014) — A south central Missouri county government is being asked to stop its practice of placing a Christian nativity scene on the lawn of the county courthouse. Oregon County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Patrick Ledgerwood was sent a letter yesterday by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center. Representing a local county resident, the letter demands that the county “remove its display immediately and refrain from putting up a similar display in the future.”

“For about four or five years, the county has featured an exclusively Christian nativity scene in front of its courthouse during the holiday season,” the letter states. “This Christian display would be appropriate at a church or home, but is a clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, as it is displayed on government property.”

“Displays on government property that promote a singular religious viewpoint are clearly unconstitutional,” said Appignani Humanist Legal Center Legal Director David Niose. “We hope that county administrators take appropriate steps to stop this constitutional violation.”

The letter asks for a reply by Jan. 17, 2014.

A picture of the nativity scene can be found here.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 31, 2013 at 8:14am

The latest episode of The Humanist Hour is up!

In this month’s show, Todd and Kim interview Dr. Peter Boghossian, philosopher and the author of "A Manual for Creating Atheists."

Click here:

Comment by Brian Magee on December 27, 2013 at 1:34pm

Help support comprehensive sex education by using the form at the link below to contact your Representative and urge that they support the Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act.

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.


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