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: Jun 10

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 Rich Goss on July 26, 2012 at 2:21am

Joan, in addition to your complaints about religion, which are certainly valid, my biggest gripe is stated in Reason #7, of “Ten Reasons Not To Believe.”Take a look at the Vale Mine in the middle of the Amazon.  I blame religion because humans are separated from nature because religion teaches that God made us.  Love and respect that is owed to Gaia is misdirected to the Virgin Mother, Holy Ghost and other fabulous constructs. 

To me, the Vale Mine is an abomination, not homosexuals.  “What has God wrought?”  The destruction of the planet. 

Comment by James M. Martin on July 25, 2012 at 7:06pm

Joan says, "not wanting to look at other options" as typical of believers.  Ha!  This may be the most important distinction of all.  I swear by my mom's grave that if a religious person came forward with a shred of proof, I would re-convert.  They don't, and it is interesting to say the least that the Texas GOP platform people denounced "critical thinking," meaning the use of reason and rational analysis.  If these trogs succeed in the total dumbing down of the nation, we are all in deepest do-do.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2012 at 6:38pm

Logan, I am about as anti-religion as they come here, as you could guess from James' comment. My stand is to ask if the apologeticists position is valid and so far I have found nothing more than tradition, the bible said god made all, god wrote the bible, not wanting to look at other options, that religion makes them feel good and they know there is life after death. None of these can be proven or disproved and leaves one with nothing to rebut. Except, their position on social issues such as homosexuality, women's right to choose, and attempts to get creationism and intelligent design into public school science departments. 
I watch or read all the major debates between atheist and theist and I have heard nothing that persuades me that there was, is, will ever be a god. 

Others are not as anti-religious as I and most are much more laid back about the issue. Many want to maintain a relationship with a religious person and I have no such desire. 

So, I welcome your input and hope you find useful ideas and information here. The very best thing about American Humanist Association is the focus on positives, and developing healthy principles that enrich and empower people's lives and encourages flourishing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2012 at 4:58pm

OK James, you got me!

Comment by Logan A on July 25, 2012 at 4:57pm

I've had the Wall to this group on auto-follow for a few months now, but have yet to comment. I've been trying to suss out if this is an appropriate forum for my involvement.

The question hinges on the following: is the antitheist stance, specifically the stance that religion and faith-based thinking should be actively and earnestly discouraged, incompatible with the values of secular humanism?

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.


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