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 Geraldo Cienmarcos on October 9, 2010 at 9:21am
The conference stream is here:

Comment by George on October 9, 2010 at 9:05am
Re: Council for Secular Humanism's Conference - some of the talks are going to be streamed live online.

I don't see anything about the archived video of the talks. I'd like to be able to view and share the videos later.
Comment by Sarah Walton on October 8, 2010 at 1:08pm
Oh yeah, also got this in my Twitter feed today:
Comment by Sarah Walton on October 8, 2010 at 1:01pm
The Council for Secular Humanism's sold-out 30th Anniversary Conference is this weekend. If you didn't get your tickets in time, don't fret! You can still experience the conference—some of the talks are going to be streamed live online.
Comment by Dean Smith on September 25, 2010 at 8:58pm
Very interesting stuff!
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 25, 2010 at 8:35pm

this is ssssoooooo Humanist.
It's so good to see a social biological vindication of Humanism.

Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.
This is from a YouTube Channel, RSA Animate, that has lots of neat stuff. (Yes, I said "neat", I just dated myself.)

You Tube Channel. RSAnimate.

posted by Gary
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 24, 2010 at 2:33pm

1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2: Achieve universal primary education
3: Promote gender equality and empower women
4: Reduce child mortality
5: Improve maternal health
6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7: Ensure environmental sustainability
8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development

Source: United Nations
International UN Summit

See also:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

[Note: There is some international progress and cooperation on the Millennium Goals. This international movement launched by the United Nations has received close to zero publicity in the USA mainstream press.]
Comment by Fred Edwords on September 20, 2010 at 6:35pm
In response to Fred Werther's question:

"Will the online members have access to a forum for AHA or something. Email list whatever?"

Actually, everyone in the world already does have such access. There are two opportunities:

The Discussion Forum at and the "Rant & Reason" blog of the Humanist magazine at .
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 20, 2010 at 4:38pm
Dear John D.,

It's more than an opinion for me, it's my deeply felt conviction and I know it's not a conviction that is always taken seriously or understood or shared by many Americans. In fact, I would guess only a few. I can accept that some feel there is sometimes a moral justification for military or violent foreign intervention.
So I really don't want to get into a pretense of a rational discussion on one side or the other... except...

consider Kant's categorical imperative of "what if?" .

The world might be a more peaceful place if our first priority was, fair trade, peace, cultural exchanges and diplomacy.

I'm not going to post anymore on this subject, I leave the topic to others if they choose to participate. I've never found there to be a logical resolution. We would just keep going is circles of "what if...?" etc.

Propaganda aside for justification of military interventions, I would agree that we (in this case the USA) have a right to be secure in our borders. But by UN Charter, that is the right of every other member nation as well.

PS.: I don't think drones launched from the state of Colorado to Afghanistan, makes the USA any more safe in it's borders.

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 20, 2010 at 4:06pm
Dear John D.

You said, "Don't fight a war unless you have a very solid plan to win it quickly and secure the peace quickly."

Your statement is a statement of military strategy of goals, expectations and outcomes. I think the moral high ground is NOT getting into a war when it is unnecessary.

I don't care to get into an argument about just wars or just "preemptive strike." But unless all HONEST diplomatic measures have been exhausted and an attack has been clearly made, we should choose peace. A humanist friend in my area has said, and I think it wise, "I'm against violence and war, except to stop violence."
Clearly our justification to attack on Afghanistan and Iraq did not meet that moral criteria. Interesting, that the pretext was originally to capture Bin Laden. Remember that? We didn't capture Bin Laden, and many people more informed than myself suspect that was not the real motive for our intervention in Afghanistan.


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