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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: 765
Latest Activity: Dec 6

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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 James M. Martin on July 26, 2012 at 7:04pm

Richard, you don't suppose that people like James Holmes take into account "the second coming" in the sense you mean it, when they go berserker and shoot everyone in sight?  A good point, why save the planet when it is going to be blown up by Jesum Crow?  (Vermonter euphemism for the Son).

Comment by James M. Martin on July 26, 2012 at 6:12pm

Great freakin' letter!  Bachmann is unfit for public office.  Freud would have a field day analyzing both her and Marcos, her loony tunes husband, whose salary is paid by my tax money via Medicaid.  It's time THAT was stopped, too!

Comment by Brian Magee on July 26, 2012 at 3:38pm

The American Humanist Association is one of 42 groups to have signed the below Interfaith Alliance letter asking five members of Congress to stop their anti-Muslim bigotry. The press release can be found here.


July 26, 2012

The Honorable Michele Bachmann
103 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Louie Gohmert
2440 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Lynn Westmoreland
2433 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Trent Franks
2435 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Thomas Rooney
1529 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Rep. Bachman, Rep. Franks, Rep. Gohmert, Rep. Rooney and Rep. Westmoreland:

The 42 undersigned religious, secular, interfaith, advocacy, legal and community organizations are united by our work to protect religious freedom for all. As such, we write to raise our voices in protest of your recent letters regarding prominent American Muslim individuals and organizations. These letters question the loyalty of faithful Americans based on nothing more than their religious affiliations and what is at best tenuous evidence of their associations.  As such, your actions have serious implications for religious freedom and the health of our democracy.

You can read the rest of the letter here.

Comment by Steph S. on July 26, 2012 at 9:26am
I love your blog Richard!
I'm enjoying all the posts here.
Have a good day everyone!
Comment by Richard Goscicki on July 26, 2012 at 8:55am

Thanks, James.  Here's the link.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/ten-reasons-not-to-believe

Another aspect of this that bothers me is the belief in the Second Coming of Christ or the Holy Prophet.  If God is going to destroy the world, what’s the sense in taking care of it?  Sort of like living in a house about to be foreclosed.  I’m certainly not going to remodel or repaint the peeling walls.

That photo of the Vale Mine should be on CNN.  Enough to make one sick.  They’re using earthmoving equipment the size of office buildings.

 

Comment by James M. Martin on July 26, 2012 at 7:31am

Richard, the url does not parse.  But I completely agree with you; in fact, I had this thought long ago but could not put my finger on the reason why I believe that, at best, most people are indifferent to nature.  I could not pinpoint the cause, but you and/or the "10 Reasons" provide it.  BP knows plenty about the theory; many others.

Comment by Richard Goscicki 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!

 

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