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: 785
Latest Activity: Nov 3

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 May 2, 2013 at 10:50am

Watch Fox News try and tie the National Day of Reason to the Holocaust.

Read details from Raw Story here.

Comment by Jon T on March 27, 2013 at 1:07am

@  Natalie, You are, seemingly, a wonderful person.  Some laws are creations of social transitions in culture and necessary to drive change away from autocratic or religious mandates, which tread on personal freedoms. In reference to your quote, "Her father was an anthropologist, and I think she learned to be very non-judgmental in her observations of society, and therefore[,] has sympathetically created some very interesting societies in her writing. [I] would that WE, as a nation, and as a world, could be that compassionate!" I would replace 'compassionate' with 'knowledgeable and experienced, which together help  some of us become more compassionate.' since  compassion is not an evolved trait in everyone, no matter the amount of experience and education. Alpha-narcists of any kind are only  more empowered when educated. One of the major divides in atheism, is that compassion cannot  be supported by fact or substantiated by reason, but is perceived to be a belief supported by altruism. Keeping in mind too much compassion can become a turning back of the progress made also. Examples would be compassionately allowing the church to express, freely, their religious views to the repealing of Roe v. Wade, or by banning gay marriage with DOMA (a.k.a. Defense Of Maladjusted Aggression).

Ursula LeGuin sounds like a good read to explore, thank you for the inspiration.

Comment by Natalie A Sera on March 26, 2013 at 11:44pm

Joan, thanks for understanding what I was trying to say. Of course there needs to be law concerning property rights, rights of survivorship, custody of children in the event of divorce, etc. but everything else needs to be private. I guess I've been reading too much Ursula LeGuin -- she writes VERY interesting stories about cultures with different marriage customs, and how the people in those cultures cope with the difficulties inherent in those customs. They are really fascinating stories to think about. And the major point she makes is that the monogamous, one man, one woman marriage is just as much an arbitrary custom as slaughtering a goat on your favorite holiday. Her father was an anthropologist, and I think she learned to be very non-judgmental in her observations of society, and therefore has sympathetically created some very interesting societies in her writing. Would that WE, as a nation, and as a world, could be that compassionate!

Comment by James M. Martin on March 26, 2013 at 11:37pm

Joan writes: "If marriage law is based on Christian, Jewish, Islam on any religious or cult law, then it co-mingles church and state..."  Yes, and it disturbs me that no one seems to be talking about this at the oral arguments at the SCOTUS.  Can you imagine the reaction of Scalia or, for that matter, Kennedy, if someone pointed out that the only basis the pro-Prop 8/DOMA people have for their claim that marriage should be between one man and one woman is dogmatic and Booblical.  Actually, I think some marriage equality people at least have argued that marriage has both ecclesiastical and secular aspects, and I know that the advocates of the latter keep reminding the Court that they are not trying to force The Priesthood into pronouncing the vows in their churches, temples, &c.  A couple of the same sex cannot enjoy the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts.  They are at the mercy of employers for example when it comes to pension survival rights.  A couple should not need a guy with a collar or even a Buy Bull to wed.  I hold a doctor of divinity myself (Universal Life Church, founded by Reverend Kirby Hensley, who "ordained" me by cashing my check written out to the ULC).  Another ULC "pastor" married my deceased wife and I, after passing around a joint with some good weed.  Now, THAT'S the kind of wedding I like!

Comment by James M. Martin on March 26, 2013 at 11:23pm

Joan, the New Civil Rights website is carrying stories quoting Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer, and Mike Huckabee all saying they plan on defecting from the GOP and forming a third party.  This will dilute the right wingnut vote and virtually assure a Dem win in '16.  I am not a doctrinaire Democrat by any means, but I usually vote with them because they want to be mostly on the right (er, left) side of history.  I think Obama is a progressive in certain areas, but he has to downplay it.  With all of those evangelicals out of the picture in 2016, the Democratic Party will be much closer than Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich tried to maneuver the GOP into a dynastic hold on the White House.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 9:16pm

correction, last line: and of no concern to church or state. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 9:15pm

Natalie, I like your statement, "there is actually no reason to prohibit ANY kind of marriage (polyandrous, polygynous, group, gay, lesbian, etc.) if all parties consent, and if there are legal ways to deal with problems."

As I see it, problems would include defining rights of children, property rights of the individuals, responsibilities of members of a marriage and tax obligations  Other than that, marriage is private and of no concert to church or state. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 9:11pm

Natalie A Sera, absolutely! If marriage law is based on Christian, Jewish, Islam on any religious or cult law, then it co-mingles church and state; the Founding fathers wanted to get rid of that union because of the problems church/state created in Europe.

The Colonists were not all of the same religion, many of them separated into states. Puritans wanted to dominated the colonies; they  cut off noses and tongues of nonconformists, fined, banished, whipped, and even imprisoned them for not conforming to their ways. The Anglicans were "persecuted" by the Puritans. Baptists appeared in a majority of the colonies, Roman Catholics and Protestants organized in Maryland, Lutherans formed in Pennsylvania, and Presbyterians in Massachusetts. 

Who decides marriage laws in USA? Who decides who decides? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 8:46pm
In pursuit of respect for LGBTQ, in seeking freedom from religion, and in challenging religious injustice, atheists say what religious are either too timid or too afraid to say. Why haven't religious communities stood between those horrid hate-mongering signs and said it is none of their business who loves whom; who decides who can get married and who can't? Who decides who decides such matters? Is marriage a religious event or a civil one?

For religious trying to be polite, or timid, or afraid or not caring about what some religious people do doesn't do LGBTQ any good. LGBTQ have to face ignorance and insult from religious people without intervention of other religious people. Silence implies agreement. If the silent pro-LGBTQ religious are silent because they don't want to get their hands dirty, they don't represent the kind of person with whom I want to associate. They are the cowards.

I believe in freedom of speech if it means being able to speak ones's mind, but if religious do not stand with LGBTQ in their struggle for citizenship, then LGBTQ have to fight, not only ignorance and stupidity, they also have to suffer from inaction. Silence hurts, even kills.

There is no honor in honoring bigots; there is no virtue in acquiescing to bullies; there is no dignity in turning the other cheek; there is no reason to love the despicable.

Religious, take a stand for or against LGBTQ, or get out of the way.
Comment by James M. Martin on March 26, 2013 at 7:06pm

@Natalie, I mean, can you imagine Antonin Scalia abandoning the dogma of the RCC?  One of the sillier arguments of the anti-equality crowd is that if you legalize same sex marriage, you'll set a precendent for legalizing marriage between a man and his dog, cat, or pony.  Why not?  I think marriage is a dumb institution that has had its day and its day is gone. But I would be the last person to stand in the way of anyone doing it.


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