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 Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 15, 2010 at 2:15pm
Here is a concept for liberal free thinkers.
This is organization is in rural a county in California, USA. I've found that most activists are not divided by God belief. In fact in my experience, the subject almost never comes up. The topic at hand is getting liberals and progressives to vote; electing progressives to office; equal access to universal health care; fair and living wages; equality of justice; economic justice; ending racism, sexism and homophobia; putting a stop to unnecessary US Military intervention, etc. ...
-- Gary


Realizing that our shared commitment to human rights, religious freedom, and peace and social justice, significantly outweighs our differences; we the undersigned, comprised of both secular and religious progressives, declare an alliance between progressive, rational-minded people regardless of one’s spiritual, religious, or secular perspective.

While our beliefs about the existence of God may differ, progressive Americans share a common tradition of humanism dating back to at least the Renaissance. Many spiritual and religious thinkers have significantly contributed to the advancement of doubt, free thinking, and the sciences, laying the ground work for the Enlightenment and modernity. There is no "cultural war" dividing us.

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Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 5, 2010 at 8:40am
Secular Believers
The film Secular Believers provides an example of how secular beliefs can be included in a religious education syllabus.
It was made for the UK education system and its message is that beliefs, and believers, come in many shapes and sizes, and not all of them can be described as ‘religious’.
"Many religious people think that a secular society is a good thing, because it offers freedom of choice to everybody."
Comment by Susan Thomason on August 31, 2010 at 12:16pm
got the new Humanist mag last night and sat up for a hour or two just got 2 read about 1/2. But I always read it cover to cover. I am moved by the article Saving Aqsa Parver, honor killing/abuse has to be stopped and Granados has the right of it, to change the laws. we have a long, hard road to go on this issue. but we can as a group. love u guys.
Comment by Fred Edwords on August 29, 2010 at 7:50am
Valuable comment, Geraldo! Your points are well taken. This explains why the Humanist magazine, which I edited for a dozen years and is now most ably edited by Jennifer Bardi, focuses on human rights, social justice, peace, cultural pluralism, and other broader applications of our humanist values.
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 28, 2010 at 10:23pm
War and critical thinking... a British perspective

For my Humanist comrades,

I've always thought that Humanism should be concerned (and involved) with social justice and peace issues as well. War is human destruction, and extremely wasteful of economic resources that could be better spent shoring up the social contract -- the economic safety net, health and education.

This article just about fits on one or two pages. Yet it gives in succinct details and raises questions about who is effected by war and why it's allowed to happen in a democracy. Given the necessary priorities of productivity and a secure society, war should be one of the top humanist concerns. However important reason and critical free thought are, I sometimes think, at least here in the USA, where we feel beleaguered with irrational religious faith exploited to fuel right wing agendas, that we spend too much time on the subject of religion and irrationality. This article is from a British perspective. A much more skeptical society. War is very rarely a rational choice. The condition of humanity is paramount.

Why war? from Britain.

Our Weird and Wanton Wars

Saturday 28 August 2010

by: Jim McCluskey, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

Many citizens in Britain are puzzled. Why do we always seem to be at war? How can this come about? What does it mean? At the same time, we seem to think of ourselves as a peaceful nation. In seeking answers, let us list a few notable characteristics of our current wars.

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Comment by Fred Edwords on August 18, 2010 at 2:55pm
The AHA is developing a free online membership. Watch for it!
Comment by Fred Edwords on August 12, 2010 at 9:59am
Welcome Tea Cup! Even if you can't join the AHA, keep following the website. There's new stuff appearing there all the time, as well as essays and articles you can read if you reach into the website to find them.
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 4, 2010 at 10:06am
"The belief in a political Utopia is especially dangerous. This is possibly connected with the fact that the search for a better world, like the investigation of our environment, is (if I am correct) one of the oldest and most important of all the instincts." -- Karl Popper in "In Search of a Better World" (1994)
-- Karl Popper on Utopia
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on July 27, 2010 at 9:39am
Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project


For the first time in nearly nine years of what the government has called a "war on terrorism," the Supreme Court on June 21 [2010] ruled decisively in the government's favor — but still stopped short of providing an unqualified victory. The Court ruled, by a 6-3 vote, that IT DOES NOT VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO BLOCK SPEECH AND OTHER FORMS OF ADVOCACY SUPPORTING A FOREIGN ORGANIZATION that has been officially labeled as terrorist, EVEN if the aim is to support such a group’s peaceful or humanitarian actions.

Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project - ScotusWiki
Brief of the Carter Center, Christian Peacemakers, Human Rights Watch, et al. in Support of Humanitarian Law Project, et al. ...

Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project | Center for Constitutional Rights
Jun 21, 2010 ... CCR's plaintiffs include the Humanitarian Law Project, a human rights organization that seeks to provide training in human rights ...
Comment by Fred Edwords on July 9, 2010 at 1:10pm
Well Susan, I viewed your profile, learned about the group "Science Fiction/Fantasy Atheists" there, joined it, and posted a comment. Thanks for posting that lead.

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