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: 765
Latest Activity: Dec 6

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 December 20, 2011 at 12:38pm

(AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt's most recent Patheos column is up.)

Wishy-Washier Than Thou

Faith isn't possible for those who doubt, experiment, and accept the facts presented when religious claims are honestly tested.

Eric Weiner's recent wishy-washier-than-thou New York Times article, "Americans: Undecided About God?", presents a curious new bias to decipher when it comes to religion and nonbelievers.

Weiner walks in well-worn shoes when he tries to tackle a cultural issue by opening with a complaint and offering a possibly better path. He says we are terrible when it comes to talking about god and asks for a new "religious operating system." But he's sadly lacking in clarity and hopelessly striving for impossibility.


Comment by Brian Magee on December 19, 2011 at 3:49pm

This is one of the articles included in the most recent Humanist Network News, a free weekly eizine from the AHA.

Celebrating Love and Light: 10 Holiday Tips for the Post-Religious

By Valerie Tarico

Is the holiday season more glitter than glow for you lately? For a humanist who seeks to live a life centered in reason and compassion, the holiday time can be surprisingly challenging. Old traditions may not fit anymore, but what does? We see ourselves as an integral part of nature, and the beauties of the winter season surround us, but how can you bring the season into your home in a way that feels rich and satisfying? We humanists find meaning in relationships, but reunions can be fraught with peril. If an old Christian friend or family member uses Christmas cards or gatherings as an opportunity to evangelize, you may even find yourself feeling downright crabby. How can you shake it off?


Comment by Brian Magee on December 19, 2011 at 12:14pm

This is one of the articles included in the most recent Humanist Network News, a free weekly eizine from the AHA.

Building a Strong and Diverse Community: A Profile of Black Atheist...

By Ayanna Watson

Black Atheists of America (BAAm) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between atheism and the black community. I founded the organization in 2010 with the intention of diversifying the growing atheist movement and promoting critical thinking.


Comment by Brian Magee on December 16, 2011 at 8:26am

Humanists Mourn Christopher Hitchens: Stalwart for Atheism

(Washington, DC - December 16, 2011) -- Humanists and atheists are saddened by the death of the prolific writer and outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens, who died Thursday at the age of 62 after battling esophageal cancer.

“Humanity has lost a powerful stalwart for atheism,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “Christopher Hitchens changed the discussion about religion and non-belief by championing public criticism of theology.”


Comment by Ann on December 14, 2011 at 1:10pm

Thanks for the link to the COHE - it's a wonderful resource.  I went to an interfaith seminary, and came out as a Humanist in my final year.  It will be really fine to get a grounding.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 14, 2011 at 12:50pm

One hundred of these are currently inside Washington, DC buses as part of the AHA's current public awareness ad campaign. There are also exterior bus ads with the same message.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 14, 2011 at 12:43pm

Want to expand your knowledge of Humanism? How about taking online courses? Visit the Continuum of Humanist Education (COHE) to take courses on Introduction to Humanism; Humanist Activism & Organization; Humanism & Psychology; Law & Politics; Religion & Spirituality; and Ethics.

Special thanks to the Institute for Humanist Studies and The Humanist Institute for putting this educational resource together.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 13, 2011 at 12:50pm

For those who would like to officially become a member of the AHA, you may do so for free! There are paid memberships, of course, but there is also a free online-only option (look for the "Become a free Online-Only member" link).

Thanks to everyone for their support--no matter what form it takes.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 12, 2011 at 11:05am

You can use this link to quickly let your senators know that you support the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Comment by Brian Magee on December 8, 2011 at 9:25am

There is a new AHA website supporting Humanist Chaplaincies at U.S. universities. There are currently four universities with chaplaincies in place.

A story about the effort can be found on Humanist Network News.


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