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, 2017

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 Thomason on July 9, 2010 at 12:43pm
fb stresses me out i have to watch what i'm into ( i'm still in the closetwith most people)
Comment by Fred Edwords on June 30, 2010 at 2:33pm
Great to have you on board, Larry!
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on June 28, 2010 at 3:25pm
an article (not by me)

A Nation Divided: Rationalists and A-rationalists in America
by Jeff Schweitzer

Huffington Post

Before imploding in the face of his sordid extramarital trysts, presidential candidate John Edwards based his campaign on the idea of two Americas: one rich, the other poor. He was right about the idea that American is divided, but wrong about the nature of the division. The deeper and more important split is defined by religiosity, not riches.

The nearly even distribution of votes between conservatives and liberals in the presidential elections of 2000, 2004 and 2008 reveals clearly a lasting and deep chasm in American society. Heated rhetoric, vitriol, excessive passion and closely contested elections expose the existence of two societies with little in common, living side by side but miles apart.

The barrier separating us is defined by the unbridgeable gulf between god and rationalism. This is not a culture war, but a cosmic battle between theism and humanism.

The conflict between these two world views is made apparent in the voting booth. The closest election in American history offers plenty of evidence for the religiosity divide. Of those voters who attend church more than once per week, 68% voted for Bush and 32% for Gore. Of those who never attend church, 35% went for Bush, 65% for Gore. Religiosity alone is the most important, obvious and conclusive factor in determining voter behavior. Simply put, church goers tend to vote Republican. Those who instead go the hardware store on Sunday vote Democrat by wide margins. The divide in our society is not between rich and poor, or Catholic and Protestant, or Christian and Muslim, but between those have faith and those who have reason. Obama's election does not negate that calculus. Forget not that 50 million Americans voted for the other ticket.

Rationalism and Theism

Those who accept the idea of god tend to divide the world into believers and atheists. Yet that is incorrect. Atheist means "without god" and one cannot be without something that does not exist. Atheism is really a pejorative term that defines one world view as the negative of another, as something not what something else is. The word atheist is analogous to the denigrating word "colored" to describe African Americans, which was meant to say they are colored relative to the "pure standard" of white. Atheism is similarly meant to describe rationalists against the "pure standard" of belief. Both terms are the result of ignorance and bias about what constitutes the baseline for comparison. Just as we thankfully no longer use the world colored, we should abandon the term atheist. ...

complete article on line:

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posted by Gary, Los Angeles
Comment by James Croft on June 1, 2010 at 1:12pm
Great! Excited to meet some people!
Comment by Fred Edwords on June 1, 2010 at 1:01pm
Well, you'll see me there. And in reading your profile comments on the arts, and seeing that you sing and act, I hope we can connect. The humanist movement could use more people like you. Perhaps you should meet with the conference organizers who are planning next year's event at Harvard!
Comment by James Croft on June 1, 2010 at 12:50pm
Anyone attending the AHA conference this year in San Jose? Meetup?
Comment by Aaron Harmon on April 28, 2010 at 10:20am
I don't know. I like the idea that "divine" guidance be put on the same plane as "human" guidance (considering they are the same thing anyway).

@GBM Harper: You mean a "non-prophet"?

@John D: Actually "good" and "god" are not etymologically linked. "Good" comes from the meaning "to have desirable qualities" from "to be put together properly"; "god" comes from the meaning "supreme diety" from "to invoke" (although it may also be linked to "to pour").

The "good = god" idea is one I have heard often. It is similar to the "history = his-story" folk etymology I have heard from preachers.
OK, I'm done. :P
Comment by Jonathan P. Figdor on April 28, 2010 at 10:03am
Don't worry - I'm not a divine. To be honest, my clearly atheistic friend, I think we need more atheists in divinity school to put some theological pressure on our conservative religious colleagues. For three years I brought the fight to fundamentalism at Harvard. Next year, three Humanist MDivs will follow the path I blazed, making the Humanist/Atheist voice even more significant.
Comment by Aiden on April 28, 2010 at 9:22am
That would be why I prefaced my comment with "maybe I'm just arguing semantics". The word "divinity" just doesn't sit well with me.
Comment by Fred Edwords on April 28, 2010 at 8:36am
Perhaps we should look upon "divinity" in this context as just the standard name of a particular thing that no longer has to be just about studies related to gods. Another example of how words can lose their purely religious connotations might be secular nonprofit organizations that have "mission" statements.

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