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: 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


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 June 4, 2012 at 10:36am

Kathryn Joosten, humanist and actress on "Desperate Housewives," died on June 3. In 2007, she saw an advertisement the AHA ran in the New York Times soon after Rep. Pete Stark announced that he was a nontheist. She called the AHA office to say that she loved the ad and wanted to add her name and picture to it. Here is a copy of the ad that ran again soon after.

Comment by Brian Magee on June 1, 2012 at 3:12pm
Comment by Brian Magee on June 1, 2012 at 9:06am

Voting in North Carolina Churches Should Cease, Says American Humanist Association

For Immediate Release


William J. Burgess, 202-238-9088,
Brian Magee, 202-238-9088, mobile: (202) 681-2425,


(Washington, DC – June 1, 2012) – Stating that “churches are an unconstitutionally hostile environment for nonreligious voters,” the North Carolina State Board of Elections has been asked by the American Humanist Association (AHA) to cease allowing the use of churches as polling places.

The AHA’s legal department, the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, sent a letter on May 31, 2012, to State Board of Elections Executive Director Gary O. Bartlett saying that state and federal law requires that “appropriate polling places must be neutral civic locations, welcoming to all voters,” and “the use of churches as polling places is, in addition to being a violation of state law, unconstitutional.”

When North Carolinians went to the polls on May 8 to vote on Amendment One, the amendment to the state’s Constitution banning equal marriage rights, news reports highlighted how signs outside of churches being used as polling places displayed messages supporting the amendment. This practice is just one example of a broader situation in the state and across the country in which voters encounter religious messages and influences in what should be neutral polling places.

“Citizens are forced to enter a religious structure and encounter religious messages simply to exercise their fundamental right to vote,” wrote Appignani Legal Center Director William J. Burgess in his letter. “This violates the Establishment Clause [of the U.S. Constitution], which requires the separation of church and state.”

In further support of the request to “take formal action to change the manner in which private polling places are selected and regulated,” Burgess cites scientific studies that show that “subtle environmental cues in a polling place can significantly, but unconsciously, affect citizens’ real-world votes” mainly due to what’s known as the “priming effect” which “nudges voters in a predictable direction [leading] to a systematic, non-random bias in individual’s decision-making.”

As a remedy, the election board is asked to use its authority to issue regulations barring the use of churches as polling places in favor of secular venues such as schools, libraries, fire stations, municipal government offices, courts and recreation centers.

A copy of the letter can be found online here:


The Appignani Humanist Legal Center ( is a project of the American Humanist Association that provides legal assistance to defend the constitutional rights of secular Americans by challenging violations of the separation of church and state guaranteed by the Establishment Clause and seeking equal rights for humanists, atheists and other freethinkers.


Comment by Brian Magee on May 31, 2012 at 11:01am

Matt Pozun, a member of AHA and past president of the James Madison University Freethinkers, just ordered new JMU license plates that declare his nonbelief! (Shared with permission.)


Comment by Brian Magee on May 30, 2012 at 1:05pm

According to this story from Science and Religion Today,atheism is winning. The conclusion of the researchers:

"Churches lack mechanisms to resist the secularization forces of hip modernity—including the cash-flush corporations that are in competition with churches for the attention and time of the population (check out the parking lots of Walmart and Home Depot on a Sunday morning, when only a quarter or less of Americans attend church). Meanwhile, atheism is organically expanding via spontaneous conversion with little organized effort by dedicated advocates. Thus, we can conclude that atheism is not fighting a desperate battle against a rising tide of organized religion in the West, and theists should be gravely concerned about their situation in many countries, especially the most successful societies, since the rise of atheism is predominant among Western youth, and largely casual atheism predominates when democratic societies are at their most successful."

Comment by Brian Magee on May 25, 2012 at 1:30pm

The latest Humanist Network News is out!

Articles include: U.S. States that Prohibit Atheists From Holding Public Office, Humanist Groups for College Grads, Movie Review of Joss Whedon's The Avengers, and more. Plus, HNN editor Maggie Ardiente asks, "What should be the humanist stance on immigration?"

Visit to read this week's issue and leave comments.

Comment by Brian Magee on May 23, 2012 at 2:50pm

The Atheists Go Marching In

New Orleans street car ad announces AHA coming to town for our annual conference!

Press release can be found here:


Comment by Brian Magee on May 18, 2012 at 2:56pm

This is a neat idea--a Happy Human cake!

(from the Berkshire Humanists in the UK

Comment by Brian Magee on May 16, 2012 at 2:16pm
Comment by Brian Magee on May 15, 2012 at 2:47pm

How interesting would it be for atheists, agnostics and humanists to try and get on this new program! Below is the official pitch from the show's website.


Calling all church-goers and Bible study groups: GSN (Game Show Network) and the creators of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" are looking for you!

We are casting for GSN’s “The American Bible Challenge,” a new game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. We’re looking for lively individuals or teams who want to win money for their favorite charity.

We're looking for individuals or teams who have competitive spirits, great personal testimonies, a general knowledge of pop culture – and, of course, you have to know your Bible!

Come celebrate your faith, have fun with your friends and show off your Bible knowledge!!!


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