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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: 761
Latest Activity: on Saturday

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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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Violence Against Women

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Advice for an atheist volunteer.

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Comment by Brian Magee on January 23, 2013 at 11:53am

Support the Darwin Day Resolution: Contact Your Representative

The American Humanist Association proudly worked with Representative Rush Holt (NJ) to introduce House Resolution 41 “expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.” We are asking you to help win approval for the resolution by using this form to contact your Congressional representative asking for their co-sponsorship and support.

Visit www.darwinday.org to learn more about the Darwin Day resolution and join a Darwin Day event in your community. Thank you for standing up for science.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 7:11pm

Alas, James, you state correctly that we already crossed the line and things are going to get worse. That said, what, then, are you I to do? 

Well, first I want to enjoy every moment of life I have, surrounded by people I love and who love me. I want to leave behind a legacy of peace coupled with justice. If our 21st century thoughts and behaviors mean the end of our great civilization, I want to leave behind a testimony of the ways greed and hubris worked together to bring down a society based on scientific achievement, that there is no god to pull us out of our own foolishness, and that those who worship gods are part of the fear and anger and jealousy that created the wars by those who desire to impose their beliefs on others. 

No, I didn't see the movie by P.D. James's Children of Men.  I will watch it. Thanks for the lead.

Comment by James M. Martin on January 20, 2013 at 6:00pm

Joan, I hate to sound so pessimistic, but I think we crossed the line of no return a while back.  It is just going to get worse.  Did you see the movie of P. D. James's Children of Men?  That futurist film envisions a dystopia where nations that are under water, suffering drought and climate-related famine, &c., are on the move, and the migrations are accompanied by a strange malady striking women, making them unable to conceive.  It is brilliantly done. And frightening.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 12:15pm

"The global population is more than 7 billion now and headed to 9 billion by 2050. If world population continues its exponential growth, when we will hit planetary carrying capacity limits with our key resources? (or are we already exceeding them?) What are the just, humane, and rights-respecting options that are on the table for balancing the world's population with the ability of the earth to sustain it?"

Bill Ryerson: The Challenges Presented By Global Population Growth

Comment by Brian Magee on January 17, 2013 at 10:05am

Mary Anne Farah, author of the Humanist Press ebook Pepper's Special Wings - A Story About Natural Selection, was a recent guest on Canada's Rogers TV program "Daytime" to talk about the book, which was written to teach evolution to kids.

To find out more about the book, and read a sample, visit www.humanistpress.com. You can also get it from all the major online ebook retailers.

Click here to watch the interview!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 9:22pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Atheist or Agnostic?

To the author of this video, I urge you to email or Twitter Tyson with this information. I agree with you that Tyson should explain the definitions of theist, atheist, agnostic more accurately.

When I have a question that comes up on his videos, I send him an email expressing my question and why I need more information and he responds, usually within a day or two.

Big Think: Neil deGrasse Tyson: Atheist or Agnostic?

He is a gentle and compassionate man. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2013 at 10:50pm

James, the symbolism you describe does not put me into a positive frame of mind and I doubt it does anyone else. If I meditated in this environment or used these scenes as a contemplation focus I would not respond positively. 

For me, I need to put myself in an environment to focus on healthy, positive thoughts and couple them with proactive behaviors. First, I want to be discerning, able to separate the wheat from chaff; second, I want to take positive, thoughtful action that causes no harm; third, I want to behave in such a way that I belong to family or community or nation that focuses on compassion and participation, not on punishment or sacrifice; and fourth, I want to think so clearly that I can express myself to others and hopefully build coalitions of like-minded people who want to empower individuals and families and nations to flourish.  

Comment by James M. Martin on January 13, 2013 at 8:38pm

You can see how the O.T. (and parts of the New, as well) could reinforce the beliefs of White Supremacists, neo-Nazi's, some militia types, &c. and even the KKK: "If it was good enough for Moses, it's good enough for me."  The O.T. is full of references to God's approval of slave ownership, and Jesus didn't condemn it.  The cross symbolism in old style Kluxer uniforms was quite blatant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2013 at 7:01pm

How can a moral person own slaves? or subordinate women? or physically and emotionally abuse children, or see people who differ from them as inferior, or inadequate, or bad, or evil? How can moral people exploit and manipulate others for their own benefit? How can a moral person tell a woman she does not have the right to control her own body and make decisions that fit her circumstances, or that she is required to give free access to her body against her own best interests?  I am not talking only of Muslims, I am speaking of Christians and any of the cults and sects that emerge over time! 

Morality Playlist by Joan Denoo

 

Comment by Brian Magee on January 10, 2013 at 3:34pm

THH Web Special: Cecil Bothwell

In the latest Humanist Hour podcast, Todd and Jes speak with Cecil Bothwell about his experience as an atheist politician in Asheville, North Carolina.

You can also catch the program on our Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UFDjmKrBCY) or Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/57081134) channels.

 

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