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 Brian Magee on November 12, 2013 at 11:08am
Comment by Brian Magee on November 12, 2013 at 9:56am

To promote the new Humanist Celebrant Training Course offered by The Humanist Institute, the AHA has launched a new billboard ad campaign in Idaho!

For more information, and to find out how YOU can become a Humanist Celebrant, check out our press release here.

Comment by Brian Magee on November 7, 2013 at 1:12pm

“Colorado Day of Prayer” Opposed in American Humanist Association Amicus Brief Filing
Appignani Humanist Legal Center Argues Against Church-State Entanglement

(Washington, DC, Nov. 7, 2013) — The American Humanist Association has filed an amicus brief with the Colorado Supreme Court in support of a lower court ruling that declared unconstitutional the governor's "Colorado Day of Prayer" proclamations. The court has accepted an appeal by Gov. John Hickenlooper of the Colorado Court of Appeals unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel earlier this year.

The American Humanist Association (AHA) is supporting the Freedom From Religion Foundation in this case, arguing that the state is marginalizing citizens who don’t pray and that “AHA members are also forced to witness their own government preferring religion over non-religion, which sends a symbolic message to AHA’s members that God-belief is favored and that humanism is disapproved.”

“These proclamations are a clear attempt by the government to promote a singular religious point of view,” said Monica Miller, an attorney and legal consultant with the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center. “There is no secular justification for the practice and it should be stopped.”

“Not only do the prayers advance religion over non-religion,” the brief concludes, “but they also affiliate the government with Christianity specifically, through its close alliance with the National Day of Prayer Task Force, the purpose of which is to spread the Christian message through such prayer proclamations.“

The National Day of Prayer Task Force states that their mission “is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.” The National Day of Reason, a project co-created by the American Humanist Association, is a growing national alternative to the National Day of Prayer.

“This religious motivation is one that should remain a private matter free from government involvement,” said American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt. “For a governor to use the office to officially endorse this kind of sentiment is not only unconstitutional, but an attack on religious freedoms.”

A copy of the amicus brief can be found here.

Comment by Brian Magee on November 6, 2013 at 3:48pm

"We cannot treat everybody, literally everybody equally without eliminating prayer altogether."

The Supreme Court heard arguments today in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a case challenging the constitutionality of prayer before legislative sessions.

Arguing that the prayers in the Town of Greece's city council meetings violated the First Amendment, Douglas Laycock offered this quote that sure Sounds Like Humanism to us!
Comment by Brian Magee on November 4, 2013 at 2:18pm
Comment by James M. Martin on October 31, 2013 at 12:35pm

Diana Nyad's statement is what I would personally hope to live by.  I intend to blow it up big and/or put it on my refrigerator door and consider every day for the remainder of my years.  What a beautiful person and what a poignant statement of "belief."  (You should pardon the word.)

Comment by Brian Magee on October 31, 2013 at 10:59am

Comment by Brian Magee on October 17, 2013 at 1:18pm

Humanist Press is now offering "Fog and Other Stories" by Laury A. Egan, the author of "The Outcast Oracle."


The 23 stories in the collection deal with the metaphorical concept of fog as a state produced by grief, mental illness, love, anger, dementia, pain, prejudice, or dreams and how the human being refracts reality through these diffused prisms.


Comment by Brian Magee on October 17, 2013 at 7:59am

We have our 2014 Humanist of the Year! Want to be the first to know? Text AHA to 50555 to join the Humanist Mobile Community by 5:00pm ET today and you'll be the first to get the news! (We'll announce it on Facebook soon after!)

Comment by Brian Magee on October 16, 2013 at 10:32am


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