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 James M. Martin on July 25, 2012 at 4:47pm

Richard, you are paraphrasing Nietzsche, but he was speaking of one particular religion, Christeranity.  Joan, how on earth could you lower religion "another notch"?  I thought you already thought of it as batshit.

Comment by Rich Goss on July 25, 2012 at 4:05pm

Joan, my opinion is that religion is the worst thing that ever happened to humanity.  Can't get much lower than that.



Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2012 at 3:42pm

Brian, petition signed and shared. It is just outrageous that people suffer prison and fine for not believing in god. The evidence is so clear, that it is just plain silly, if it weren't so serious. My opinion of religion goes down another notch. 

Comment by Brian Magee on July 25, 2012 at 2:47pm

Please take a moment to sign and share this petition asking the White House to support efforts to free Alexander Aan, a man jailed in Indonesia for doubting the existence of a god.

If the petition gets 25,000 signatures, the White House guarantees a formal response. The deadline is Aug. 16.

You can read more about the Alexander Aan case here:

Comment by Brian Magee on July 24, 2012 at 10:21am

Godless billboards return to Moscow with “Humanism Works”
For Immediate Release

Humanists of the Palouse Contact: Tyler Palmer, 208-310-3053
American Humanist Association Contact: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088

(Moscow, ID – July 24, 2012) – Local humanists and atheists are once again announcing their presence in the Palouse with a billboard campaign. The “Humanism Works” campaign began July 23 with the placement of a billboard on Highway 95, south of Palouse River Drive. The six-week campaign is the first in a planned series of advertisements aimed at educating the public about humanism—the idea that you can be good without belief in a god.

This first billboard reads “Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience. Humanism Works!” This statement is one of the current principles of humanism adopted by the American Humanist Association. Additional principles will be highlighted in future ads. A complete list can be found in Humanism and Its Aspirationshere:

“Our billboard campaign aims to introduce the idea that ethics don’t have to come from an ancient text like the Bible or Koran,” said American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt. “Upon discovering humanism, we find many who say, ‘That’s what I’ve believed all along.’”

The American Humanist Association and Humanists of the Palouse, a local AHA chapter, are working together to build on past campaigns and events, including the highly successful “Darwin on the Palouse” two-day festival held in February. 

Speckhardt continued, “We are proud to be working with the Humanists of the Palouse again to bring more humanists and atheists in the area together.”

More information about Humanists of the Palouse can be found on their website:


The American Humanist Association ( advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, DC, its work is extended through more than 150 local chapters and affiliates across America.  Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.

Comment by Craigart14 on July 23, 2012 at 8:07am

Smartass. I was hoping not to have to repeat the list in Mr. Gienmarcos's post ("intrinsically irrational, anti-social, patriarchal, racist, or closed to meaningful dialogue.") Just a lazy typist.

Comment by Rich Goss on July 22, 2012 at 8:19pm

Unfortunately, those who lead these organizations often are irrational, anti-social, etc., and they have--literally--their bully pulpits.


Hey, Craig, wait a minute.  You just can’t say “etc.”  What about corrupt, hypocritical, elitist, bellicose, nepotistic, sexist, homophobic and plain ole un-American. 

Comment by Craigart14 on July 22, 2012 at 6:33pm

It's complicated. There are many Christians who call themselves scholars, but whose "scholarship" consists of trying to prove the truth of their faith. Some of the largest Christian organizations teach male superiority and authority, the importance of having a Christian nation (even going so far as to revise history so they can claim we are supposed to have a Christian nation), only reluctantly gave up racism as a core issue, fight against public healthcare, and push for Christian domination. Unfortunately, those who lead these organizations often are irrational, anti-social, etc., and they have--literally--their bully pulpits. They have appropriated the term "Christian," which was not in wide use when you and I were young because "Catholic" and "Protestant" were descriptive enough. I'm with Jefferson and Dawkins: I don't care much about my neighbors' religious beliefs, but in America there is a concerted effort to legislate conservative Christian doctrines into the law of the land. If you are all you say, you might ask yourself how many Christian leaders agree with you regarding real scholarship (not apologetics or "Creation Science"), socialism, public healthcare, gender equality, and separation of church and state. Your brother doesn't sound like much of a humanist, though. Self identification isn't always accurate.

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on July 21, 2012 at 10:53am

Are Progressives Harming Their Cause by Attacking Organized Religion and People
of Faith?\

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It is simply false that all (or even most) people of sincere faith — including those who are conservative in their religious commitments — are intrinsically irrational, anti-social, patriarchal, racist, or closed to meaningful dialogue. It is equally false that humanists necessarily see the light and embrace progressive politics. In my case, I am a Christian, a scholar, and for more than 30 years now a socialist who supports public healthcare, gender equality, separation of church and state, environmentalism, and pacifism. My humanist brother reads Ayn Rand, watches Fox News and is a dedicated member of the National Rifle Association. He opposes gun control, is a global warming skeptic and supports expanded use of fossil fuels, including fracking (he owns land in an area where you can scarcely hurl a stone without beaning one or two Chesapeake Energy employees). My brother and I do not conform to the stereotypes, and neither do countless other people.


Comment by Brian Magee on July 20, 2012 at 3:35pm

Humanists Denounce Rep. Gohmert's Comments Linking Colorado Shootings to “Attacks on Judeo-Christian Beliefs”

For Immediate Release

Contact: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088, mobile: (202) 681-2425,

(Washington, DC – July 20, 2012) – Humanists are expressing ire over the comments made today by Rep. Louie Gohmert (Texas) suggesting that last night’s shooting at a Colorado movie theater was linked to “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs.” Gohmert participated in a radio interview on The Heritage Foundation’s “Istook Live!” show and was reported in The Huffington Post.

“Rep. Louis Gohmert truly tortures logic when he concludes that this violence had something to do with perceived attacks on majority faith in America,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “At a time when families are mourning in the wake of this tragedy, Gohmert used it as an opportunity to push a religious agenda.”  

Gohmert suggested the shootings could have been avoided if the country placed a higher value on God when he stated, “We've threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God's name, they're going to be jailed ... I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don't want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present."

 “Our condolences go out to the victims and families of the Colorado movie theater shooting,” Speckhardt continued. “In the aftermath of this terrible event, we hope that communities can work together, using reason, to prevent such tragedies in the future. Rep. Gohmert’s overt religious pandering has no place in the wake of tragedy like this.”


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