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 Susan Stanko on March 26, 2011 at 3:16pm
If you are not willing to learn why things are the way they are then all you have are uniformed opinions that nobody should bother to listen to.
Comment by Samantha Madison on March 26, 2011 at 2:53pm
@ Everyone lol thanks for the feedback I was more so just venting and I have come to realize that it doesnt help to be positive-im more happy when I can talk about how bad life sucks and have people agree with me and tell me how bad their lives suck-lmao I guess thats just the gothic side of me. Happiness is a temporary ignorance-sadness, misery and pain is what controls our lives and makes us stronger. I prefer to live in darkness, I found it helps to reduce stress. and @susan history isnt really my thing-its in the past so I dont give a shit, but I hate anything to do with god and I dont like being part of a country that just fucking assumes all of its citizens loves GOD and jebus crust. So like I said Fuck America!!
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2011 at 2:29pm
The way I interpret life is that some people have no health or relationship, or wealth problems but they look, act, and sound miserable. So these factors aren't the requirement for happiness

Some people have poor health, bad relationships, and bad financial situations and look, act and sound happy. So these are not the factors for happiness.

If these two assumptions are correct, then happiness or lack of it resides elsewhere. Where? I don't know. Well, I don't know for sure. Attitude seems to be the difference. If one can get up in the morning, happy to be alive, take on the responsibilities of life with peace if not joy, and feel he/she has meaning in life, then that is the best one can hope for. I don't mean this in a Pollyanna way, but in a realistic way. One can choose to awaken with anger, fear, pain, resentment, jealously, and that kind of stuff, or one can choose joy, power, pain management, understanding, and compassion. It is a choice.

My very dear friend is a quadriplegic with MS. She is the light of my life. She radiates joy. She never brings me down with complaints. We now have to feed her, her husband takes full care of her and never seems burdened, except for a bad spell a couple of years ago. And it isn't that they, or people such as they, are in denial. It is more like they are in reality.

So! Life Sucks! That is the reality. Now what?
Comment by Sharon Stanley on March 26, 2011 at 12:26pm

Oh Samantha, I really relate to your situation and I appreciate your emotional expression of your frustration.  I often feel that way, expletives included! 

But wow, Fred, I love your response; '"Finding meaning in life" is simply discovering a struggle you enjoy." 

Comment by Susan Stanko on March 26, 2011 at 11:40am
As for whose ideas it was to add under god to the pledge and change our national motto.  I suggest you learn history.  specifically the 50's  when anti-communism was rampant.
Comment by Fred Edwords on March 26, 2011 at 10:45am

No, Samantha, nobody is ever "truly happy" (whatever that is). Drunken bliss 24/7 just ain't gonna happen.

Why then do we soldier on? How has humanity, after centuries upon centuries of a life that is "nasty, brutish, and short" managed to persist? Because we're built for struggle. We evolved to be survivors.

And therein is where we find our fulfillment. We love that struggle! How do I know? Because when I'm not struggling to get by I engage in recreation that involves struggle. Sports is fun struggle. A movie or a novel is vicarious struggle. "Finding meaning in life" is simply discovering a struggle you enjoy. Even learning new things qualifies.

So, ya wanna be happier? Make more of a game of the life you're stuck with. Fight for a better America, for example. Win or lose you're gonna have a helluva time! And also look for opportunities to get unstuck, in smaller or larger ways, so you can devote more time to the conquests that give you more of a kick.

Comment by Samantha Madison on March 26, 2011 at 10:25am

Is anyone ever truly happy? We go through our lives hoping that by the time we are old and ready to die that we will feel content with how our life went. We try to get the best jobs we can, buy the best house we can afford, drive the nicest cars we can and put our children through school. This endless circle that just repeats as generations go by-and anyone that doesnt fit into this mindset is shamed for not being "normal". Now dont get me wrong I want all these things for me and my family but I have to stop and think (how brainwashed am I ?) We waste away most of our lives at work and we are miserable, unless your lucky enough to find something you "love" to do-It sucks. Which is why I have realized that I am never going to be fully happy in life because im wasting my life away working all these hours im exhausted and I miss my family-for no true pay off im just getting by. The american system is so messed up its just one big clusterfuck of nothing- Im not proud to be an American im just glad I wasnt born in a country like Africa or India. And then who fuckin agreed that "In GOD we trust" should be our national slogan (I didnt) Also, "one nation under GOD" -(absolutely not!!) Im not "under" anything especially a made up idea of a super being created by what should be mental patients. FUCK LIFE! and FUCK AMERICA!!

Comment by HoldenMyOwn on February 22, 2011 at 5:23pm
I would love to go but Boston is a loooong way from Alabama.
Comment by Brian Magee on February 22, 2011 at 3:02pm
Hi everyone! As you may know, the AHA holds an Annual Conference, and this year is the 70th anniversary conference in Boston, MA. This year, the program features Humanist of the Year Rebecca Goldstein, and guests Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker, and others! Early bird registration ends Feb. 28, so go to to guarantee your spot. Also, please see for more info. Hope to see you there!
Comment by Jennifer Hancock on February 21, 2011 at 9:41am
Dustin - check out the book - Recovering from Religion - there is a website for it and an entire movement and group for it. That guy would probably be willing to help.

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