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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: 757
Latest Activity: Jul 13

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 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 Joan Denoo on January 27, 2014 at 6:49pm

Thanks Brian. It takes a lot of actions taking place to get this religious virus out of our public domain!

Comment by Brian Magee on January 27, 2014 at 12:01pm

Federal Appeal Filed to End Religious Elements in South Carolina Public School’s Graduation Ceremonies

American Humanist Association’s Legal Center Representing Local Family

For Immediate Release

(Richmond, VA, Jan. 27, 2014) —The failure of a U.S. District Court judge to stop a South Carolina public elementary school from continuing to include substantial religious elements during graduation ceremonies is being challenged by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center. Calling the denial of a preliminary injunction request by U.S. District Judge G. Ross Anderson Jr. “nothing more than the court expressing its personal dislike for the case,” AHA’s brief on appeal was filed today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on behalf of the AHA and a local family.

Administrators of Mountain View Elementary School in Taylors, SC have refused a request to end prayers during future graduation ceremonies and insist on continuing to hold them in the Christian chapel at religiously affiliated North Greenville University, a school with a logo that includes the sectarian phrase “Christ Makes the Difference.” The 69-page appellate brief outlines the legal justifications for stopping the elementary school’s administrators from including planned or supported religious elements in future public school graduation ceremonies.

The appeal also asks that the request denied by Judge Anderson for the plaintiffs to remain anonymous “to protect their safety and privacy” be reversed.

“Previous federal court rulings have been clear that public school graduation ceremonies must be secular in nature to comply with the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” said Monica Miller, an attorney with the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. “There is no legal reason for the judge to have denied the motion to stop these practices pending the final outcome of the case.”

The appeal reveals many of the same facts contained in the verified complaint, including explicitly Christian prayers given by students during the 2013 graduation ceremony that were solicited and approved by school administrators, and the availability of alternative non-sectarian venues.

The plaintiffs’ brief can be found here. The complaint can be found here. The original letter sent to Superintendent W. Burke Royster and Principal Jennifer Gibson can be found here.

Comment by Brian Magee on January 16, 2014 at 9:27am

Read the article "An End to Arrogant Atheism" here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roy-speckhardt/an-end-to-arrogant-ath...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 4:11pm

If I were in charge of a community display to commemorate the season, I would want to design it to be a place where people of all colors, races, religions, nationalities, political persuasion, abilities, classes, (please add any other grouping) could come and discuss ideas, where they were more concerned in solving problems than proselytizing. It would be a place that invites people in, welcomes different ideas, explore, as a community, ways to solve common problems.

I would not want it to be for a group of non-believers or believers; rather, a group of people with concerns and ideas for solving them. That is the "American" way. Well, really, it isn't; that is the way I want my United States of America to be. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 4:02pm

"Courthouse Grounds Used For Exclusive Christian Displays".

The nativity display is without a doubt the ugliest display of any nature I can even imagine. Even my kindergarten Sunday school class of 40 years ago could put up a better one that that!

If I were a believer, I would either request that no more monstrosities such as this be put up, or offer to design and build one myself. It is an embarrassment to their community.

A simple bench/s set up for people to sit together and discuss ideas would be a far better demonstration of community spirit.

How about a discussion circle such as this with a nice drinking fountain close by, inviting all to come and discuss ideas, surround it with roses or other aromatic foliage native to their area. Make it a place of welcome and inclusion :


   

Comment by Brian Magee on January 13, 2014 at 9:26am

Comment by Brian Magee on January 10, 2014 at 1:47pm

AHA TO MISSOURI COUNTY GOVERNMENT: STOP ERECTING CHRISTIAN NATIVITY SCENES

Courthouse Grounds Used For Exclusive Christian Displays

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Brian Magee, bmagee@americanhumanist.org, 202-238-9088
David Niose, dniose@americanhumanist.org, 202-238-9088

(Washington, DC, Jan. 10, 2014) — A south central Missouri county government is being asked to stop its practice of placing a Christian nativity scene on the lawn of the county courthouse. Oregon County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Patrick Ledgerwood was sent a letter yesterday by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center. Representing a local county resident, the letter demands that the county “remove its display immediately and refrain from putting up a similar display in the future.”

“For about four or five years, the county has featured an exclusively Christian nativity scene in front of its courthouse during the holiday season,” the letter states. “This Christian display would be appropriate at a church or home, but is a clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, as it is displayed on government property.”

“Displays on government property that promote a singular religious viewpoint are clearly unconstitutional,” said Appignani Humanist Legal Center Legal Director David Niose. “We hope that county administrators take appropriate steps to stop this constitutional violation.”

The letter asks for a reply by Jan. 17, 2014.

A picture of the nativity scene can be found here.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 31, 2013 at 8:14am

The latest episode of The Humanist Hour is up!

In this month’s show, Todd and Kim interview Dr. Peter Boghossian, philosopher and the author of "A Manual for Creating Atheists."

Click here: http://podcast.thehumanist.org/2013/12/the-humanist-hour-90-dr-pete...

Comment by Brian Magee on December 27, 2013 at 1:34pm

Help support comprehensive sex education by using the form at the link below to contact your Representative and urge that they support the Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act.

http://action.americanhumanist.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=...

Comment by Brian Magee on December 20, 2013 at 9:48am
 

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