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: 763
Latest Activity: Oct 19

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 Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 11, 2012 at 8:12am

'Historian' David Barton's book on Thomas Jefferson pulled from stores

David Barton, an evangelical activist and writer often cited as a "historian" by conservative political figures like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, stirred up such a firestorm of controversy with his latest book "The Jefferson Lies" that his publisher now claims to have "lost confidence" in the text, opting Thursday evening to pull it from stores.

The announcement by Christian mega-publisher Thomas Nelson comes after readers of The History News Network at George Mason University elected Barton’s latest work as "the least credible history book in print." It was also challenged by an assemblage of "10 conservative Christian professors" in the recently released book, "Getting Jefferson Right," which accuses Barton of grossly misrepresenting the nation's third president.


Comment by Brian Magee on August 9, 2012 at 1:25pm

This was sent to us my Mike Mangan who said he had to use a "1" instead of an "I" because it was taken. So, there are at least two humanist plates in Virginia!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 8, 2012 at 8:36pm

14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools

"Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord—all on the state taxpayers' dime."
~ Deanna Pan
Thank you Geraldo Cienmarcos. I am reposting for my family and friends to read. 

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 8, 2012 at 6:59pm

14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools — By Deanna Pan

Tue Aug. 7, 2012

Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord—all on the state taxpayers' dime.

Comment by Brian Magee on August 8, 2012 at 10:02am

Only a minor portion of the secular movement adding their signatures to a White House petition would force a response from the Obama administration in the case of an Indonesian man, Alexander Aan, locked up for doubting the existence of a god.

Please sign and share.

Comment by Brian Magee on August 2, 2012 at 1:08pm

In this month’s Humanist Hour podcast, Jes and Todd interview the Young Turks main host and co-founder Cenk Uygur about the relationship between humanism, the media, and politics. Cenk was awarded with the Humanist Media Award at the AHA’s 71st Annual Conference this past June.

You can also catch it on YouTube, Vimeo, or iTunes

RSS feed for the podcast:

Comment by Brian Magee on August 1, 2012 at 9:11am

Remembering Gore Vidal: A Masterful Humanist Voice


American Humanist Association honorary president forced us to look at our prejudices

For Immediate Release


Contact: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088 ex 105,

(Washington, DC - Aug. 1, 2012) - The death of Gore Vidal on July 31, 2012 at the age of 86 has humanists mourning the loss of perhaps American’s best known public intellectual. As honorary president of the American Humanist Association since 2009, Vidal added an enthusiastic, progressive and dynamic voice to the AHA and the humanist movement.

“The progressive and humanist values Gore Vidal repeatedly espoused moved the culture in a positive direction,” said David Niose, president of the American Humanist Association. “He spent his life pointing out the places in society that needed the most attention without worrying who might be embarrassed or upset by his opinions.”

He’s been called an iconoclast, a provocateur, and a misanthrope,” said Humanist magazine editor Jennifer Bardi. “And of course Gore occasionally said things that gave humanists pause. But he was forever dedicated to the cause of enlightenment and exposed injustice and hypocrisy at every turn."

Vidal succeeded Kurt Vonnegut as the AHA’s honorary president, saying he would be “most honored to succeed my old friend as honorary president of the Association: Although he himself is hardly easy to replace, I will do my best to fill the great gap.” A seven-part video interview featuring Vidal can be seen here.

To read the rest of this press release, click here.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2012 at 11:31pm

Ronnie Williams – Why don’t bees go to Heaven?

"so why dont worms go to heaven?
and germs go to heaven?
spiders, snakes and sperms go to heaven?
its quite expected that theyre not resurrected
cause man created god"

~ Ronnie Williams 

Comment by Brian Magee on July 31, 2012 at 12:49pm

Luis Granados Delivers Damned Good Company: Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts

Latest Humanist Press Ebook Includes Online Reader Commentary, Linked Videos

For immediate release

Humanist Press: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088 ex. 105, Mobile: (202) 681-2425
Luis Granados, Author:

(Washington, DC – July 31, 2012) – The power that comes from religious authority has been at the center of all human societies from time immemorial–but those claims of sovereignty have been disputed for just as long. In Damned Good Company: Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts, author Luis Granados explores twenty cases, from Socrates to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, of brave challenges against those claiming a special authority from God.

Damned Good Companyis a book about people, not about God. People who have preached about God, taken money for sharing what they say they know about God, and ordered others about to enforce what they claim to be God’s will–and a small band of heroes who stood up to them.

In short, Damned Good Company is a Profiles in Courage for humanists.

Some of the twenty heroes of Damned Good Company are well-known: Erasmus, Voltaire, Thomas Paine, Clarence Darrow, Atatürk, Nehru, Steve Biko. Others are not: people like Han Yü, banished from the 9thcentury Chinese court for questioning the worship of the Buddha’s finger, and Lucy Harris, who came within an inch of deflating Mormonism before it got off the ground.

Each hero is contrasted with a villain of his or her time and place: either a God expert like Martin Luther or Joseph Smith or a cynical politician like Mussolini, who never believed in God but exploited religion shamelessly to advance his political ambition.

The stories in Damned Good Companywill inspire those today who want to stand up to the Christian Right, the Muslim fanatics, the oppressiveness of Catholic and Jewish orthodoxy, the rising Hindu Taliban, and everyone else who claims a God-given right to tell the rest of us what to do.

This enhanced ebook has been extensively researched, with over 1,100 footnotes. It takes full advantage of state-of-the-art features with over 100 photographs, online reader comments, linked videos, and hundreds of useful web links.

Damned Good Companyis available from www.HumanistPress.comand all major online ebook retailers.

A chapter excerpt can be found here:

Brief video summaries of each chapter can be found here:

A book launch party will take place on Sept. 20, 2012, 7-9 pm, at The Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on July 29, 2012 at 3:20pm

This is so refreshingly positive. Nothing is said against religion per se, not the slightest innuendo of an argument against the existence a God. I wish American Humanists would do more of this kind of positive messaging. We do, but, in my opinion too much of our message is modeled on an adversarial relationship between atheists and non-theists.

Many of the long threads on Humanists and atheist group lists are imaginary rebuttals with and denunciations of IDIOTS like, for example, Michele Bachmann. I don't care to have a conversation with or about unenlightened people. Let's have more positive dialog with and about Humanists who are positive examples of living in the world.

The Bachmann's of the world get enough publicity. I'm already convinced of their hypocrisy and hate. I rarely check out these Humanist or atheist message boards anymore because most of it is complaining about the opinions of theist jerks and I can hear than on CNN.

Thank you, but I already now about those people. The mainstream gives them plenty of publicity.
Please! If we are so smart, can't we talk about the benefits of science, about new discoveries of creative people, arts that advance a Humanist world view in plays, literature, painting, living sustainably with the environment, healing humans and conflict resolution that Humanists do without God?

I thought this video was WONDERFUL. The British free thinkers seem to know how to transcend the reactionary god believing message with out dwelling on their hateful, negative, hypocritical speech.

An introduction to HUMANISM
- Dawkins, Grayling, Minchin, Copson, Toynbee, Hasan, Pullman, Margolis  


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