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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.

Website: http://www.americanhumanist.org
Location: Washington, DC
Members: 762
Latest Activity: Aug 20

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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 HumanistPress.com

 

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 April 2, 2012 at 11:00am

In this month's Humanist Hour podcast, experience the Reason Rally, the largest gathering of the secular movement in the world: Author and blogger Greta Christina tells us why she is angry, Taslima Nasrin describes her experience of fighting for secularism in a country from which she has been exiled, Mythbuster Adam Savage describes his definition of reason, with Australian musicians Tim Minchin and Shelley Segal.

For complete details, visit the podcast website at: http://podcast.thehumanist.org/2012/03/the-humanist-hour-72-the-rea...

Comment by Brian Magee on March 28, 2012 at 4:00pm

Humanist Press Becomes First Freethought Publisher of Ebooks

For immediate release

Contact: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088 ex. 105, Mobile: (202) 681-2425

bmagee@americanhumanist.org

(Washington, DC – March 28, 2012) – On March 23, 2012 Humanist Press became the only publisher in the humanist/freethought/atheist market to offer new titles as ebooks, making the electronic format the main focus of the publisher. The move is part of an overall effort by Humanist Press to enter the rapidly growing ebook market.  

Candidate Without a Prayer by atheist activist Herb Silverman will be the first title to be launched by Humanist Press as an ebook. This funny and witty autobiography covers Silverman’s journey from an atheist Jew living in South Carolina to his run for governor in the early ‘90s, despite the state’s constitution forbidding it because he lacked a belief in a “supreme being.” 

“The humor and wit in Herb Silverman’s new book will captivate readers and have them laughing out loud,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “His sharp, candid look at running for political office as an atheist in a religiously conservative state will enlighten and entertain believers and nonbelievers alike. We couldn’t be more pleased to have Candidate Without a Prayer set the tone for our new ebook effort.”

Candidate Without a Prayer is a joint publishing project between Humanist Press and Pitchstone Publishing. Pitchstone Publishing will release the hardback version on June 15, 2012.

As the publishing house of the American Humanist Association, Humanist Press has been publishing a wide range of humanist books since 1995, including Eyes Wide Open by best-selling author George Erickson; Humanism As the Next Step by Lloyd and Mary Morain, originally published in 1954 and updated in 1998; and Corliss Lamont's long-lasting The Philosophy of Humanism, having been in print since 1949 and translated into several languages.

Working with e-publishing software from Impelsys, Humanist Press ebooks will take full advantage of the available features, including interactive reader commentary, author videos, and useful web links. Ebooks from Humanist Press will be available at all the major online sites, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Ebooks, and the Apple iBookstore. They will also be available from our own website: www.humanistpress.com.

Upcoming Humanist Press titles will include Hope in Small Doses by Nikki Stern, author of Because I Say So: The Dangerous Appeal of Moral Authority (Bascom Hill, May 2010); Damned Good Company, by lawyer Luis Granados; and Make the Break (If You Can) by retired NASA scientist Reginald J. Exton.

For more information, use the links below:

Press Conference video from National Press Club on March 23, 2012
http://vimeo.com/39282356

Statement on Historical Significance
http://www.americanhumanist.org/system/storage/63/75/4/2969/Histori...

Small Humanist Press Logo
http://www.americanhumanist.org/system/storage/63/6f/0/2974/Packet_...

Upcoming Titles from Humanist Press
http://www.americanhumanist.org/system/storage/63/19/2/2966/Upcomin...

Comment by Brian Magee on March 28, 2012 at 9:09am

AHA Exec. Dir. Roy Speckhardt will be a guest on Armstrong Williams' Right Side Wire radio program at 10:30 a.m. Eastern this morning and can be streamed via the link below. The topic will be "What is Humanism?"

The program is also broadcast daily on WGCV Radio in Columbia, SC, from 4-5:00 PM and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio 128 daily from 7-8:00 PM, WTNT 730 AM/102.9 FM in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia “The Truth” 6-7:00 PM and WGNU 930 AM St. Louis, MO 7-10 PM.

http://www.livestream.com/armstrongwilliams

Comment by Brian Magee on March 27, 2012 at 10:49am

DOES AMERICA VALUE FAITH OVER REASON?

On Monday, March 26, American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt was on Fox News to discuss the recent Reason Rally, as well as humanism and atheism. The video can be seen here.

Comment by Brian Magee on March 26, 2012 at 2:52pm

Book Review of Candidate Without a Prayer, An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt by Herb Silverman

 

The Atheist Who Ran for Governor of South Carolina

If you didn't know better, you might think that an autobiography of a Jewish atheist living in the Bible belt would be of little interest to anyone other than, say, Jewish atheists living in the Bible belt. If you thought this, Herb Silverman will prove you wrong.

Candidate Without a Prayer gets its title from Silverman's 1990 run for governor of South Carolina. There's no need for a spoiler alert: Silverman lost that race, as would be the case for any open atheist, Jew or Gentile, in South Carolina, where "liberal" is considered anything to the left of Pat Robertson.  (The Palmetto State has a different way of looking at politics and history. When I was in Charleston a few months ago, a tour guide informed me that the "War of Northern Aggression" had nothing at all to do with slavery, but rather was a noble dispute over states' rights.)

To read the rest of the review, click here.

Comment by Natalie A Sera on March 22, 2012 at 2:11pm

Brian, they may be right. I suspect a majority of people in prison (but not all) really can't relate to the fact that they are responsible for their own behavior (or else they WOULD have been), and maybe they need to think there is a big guy looking over their shoulder all the time. This is a very immature stage of behavior, and for children, it IS the parents looking over their shoulders, but for adults, who would that be? It doesn't matter that the reality is different; these people haven't progressed mentally or emotionally  (and probably never will) to the stage where they can accept their own responsibility, so they NEED the concept of the big sky daddy watching them. If it results in improved behavior on their part, then I'll cede them the notion of reality.

Comment by Tony Carroll on March 22, 2012 at 12:37pm

That's like preaching to the choir. Of course the prison chaplains are gonna say that. Ask most anybody if their job is important, you'd get a mostly positive result.

Comment by Brian Magee on March 22, 2012 at 12:28pm

According to this Pew report "nearly three-quarters of [prison] chaplains (73%)...say they consider access to religion-related programs in prison to be 'absolutely critical' to successful rehabilitation of inmates."

http://www.pewforum.org/Social-Welfare/prison-chaplains-exec.aspx

Comment by Brian Magee on March 21, 2012 at 7:33am

The AHA's Appignani Humanist Legal Center has been part of a successful effort to end public prayers by a Tennessee school board.

See the full story here: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/mar/21/lenoir-city-school-system-...

Comment by Brian Magee on March 20, 2012 at 1:54pm

AHA Exec. Dir. Roy Speckhardt has been asked again tp participate in US News & World Report's Debate Club. The topic this time around is the Violence Against Women Act.

Click on the link to vote your approval in the debate!

http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/should-the-violence-against-women...

 

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