American Humanist Association


American Humanist Association

We strive to bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted way to live life. 


Location: Washington DC
Members: 67
Latest Activity: Oct 8, 2016

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!

Discussion Forum

God's Plan for Rape Victims

Started by Meghan Hamilton. Last reply by Reg The Fronkey Farmer Oct 16, 2013. 2 Replies

Christian conservatives are either ignorant of the pluralistic society in which we live, or they simply disrespect others as they aim to make their way the only way.By Roy Speckhardt, November 04,…Continue

Tags: Victim, Women's rights, Richard mourdock, Rape, God

Religious Freedom on the Brink

Started by Meghan Hamilton Oct 12, 2012. 0 Replies

by American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt…Continue

Tags: pakistan, hillary clinton, freedom of speech, ki-moon, greece

A Sensible Approach to Islam

Started by Meghan Hamilton Sep 24, 2012. 0 Replies

The following is a statement from American Humanist Association Board of Directors concerning a sensible approach to Islam.A Sensible Approach to IslamIslam and the Politics of ViolenceOver a long…Continue

Tags: Sharia, Prejudice, Terrorism, Theocracy, Violence

Humanists Challenge Cross War Memorial in Maryland

Started by Meghan Hamilton Aug 23, 2012. 0 Replies

Forty-Foot Tall Christian Cross in Bladensburg, MD on Public Property is Unconstitutional(Washington, DC, August 23, 2012) — The American Humanist Association is asking the Maryland National Capital…Continue

Tags: humanist, peace cross, humanism, bladensburg, appignani humanist legal center

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Comment by Meghan Hamilton on January 16, 2014 at 10:28am

Read the article "An End to Arrogant Atheism" here:

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on January 13, 2014 at 10:27am

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on January 10, 2014 at 2:56pm


Courthouse Grounds Used For Exclusive Christian Displays

For Immediate Release


Brian Magee,, 202-238-9088
David Niose,, 202-238-9088

(Washington, DC, Jan. 10, 2014) — A south central Missouri county government is being asked to stop its practice of placing a Christian nativity scene on the lawn of the county courthouse. Oregon County, Missouri Presiding Commissioner Patrick Ledgerwood was sent a letter yesterday by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center. Representing a local county resident, the letter demands that the county “remove its display immediately and refrain from putting up a similar display in the future.”

“For about four or five years, the county has featured an exclusively Christian nativity scene in front of its courthouse during the holiday season,” the letter states. “This Christian display would be appropriate at a church or home, but is a clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, as it is displayed on government property.”

“Displays on government property that promote a singular religious viewpoint are clearly unconstitutional,” said Appignani Humanist Legal Center Legal Director David Niose. “We hope that county administrators take appropriate steps to stop this constitutional violation.”

The letter asks for a reply by Jan. 17, 2014.

A picture of the nativity scene can be found here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 31, 2013 at 9:15am

The latest episode of The Humanist Hour is up!

In this month’s show, Todd and Kim interview Dr. Peter Boghossian, philosopher and the author of "A Manual for Creating Atheists."

Click here:

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 27, 2013 at 2:34pm

Help support comprehensive sex education by using the form at the link below to contact your Representative and urge that they support the Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 19, 2013 at 12:19pm

Six seats of our twelve member board are up for election in 2014. Nominees must have been members in good standing of the AHA for one or more years immediately prior to nomination. The deadline for submitting candidates is April 25, 2014.


Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 18, 2013 at 11:11am

We're happy to welcome a new chapter group, End of the Line Humanists, to the American Humanist Association family!

If you're in the greater Chicago area of Illinois or the surrounding area and would like more information on this local chapter, you can contact Cynthia Quam by email at or call 708-383-5275.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 13, 2013 at 4:14pm


Dr. Monica R. Miller, the author of "Religion and Hip Hop," has created a new online course for The Humanist Institute's Continuum For Humanist Education.

More details on the course, "Humanism and/in Hip-Hop," can be found here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 11, 2013 at 11:49am

Request For Humanist Invocation Denied by Florida County Commissioners
American Humanist Association Legal Center Demands End to Unconstitutional Behavior

(Washington, DC, Dec.11, 2013) — The Martin County Florida Board of County Commissioners has denied a request by a humanist to deliver the invocation at a regular board meeting, making the unconstitutional claim that only the Martin County Ministerial Association can grant the request stating that “the County does not organize that function.”

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter on Dec. 9, 2013 to the board on behalf of Joe Beck, a Humanist chaplain and founder of the Humanists of the Treasure Coast, making it clear that it is not permissible to give away this responsibility. “The government can neither delegate its functions to a religious organization nor employ invocation selection procedures that  categorically exclude a specific faith, such as Humanism,” the letter states. “As such, this letter demands that Martin County permit Mr. Beck or a member of his Humanist congregation to deliver an invocation and to revise its selection procedures to comport with the Constitution.”

“One of the other constitutional problems with this practice is that it permits certain faiths such as Humanism to be categorically excluded from the selection process,” said Appignani Humanist Legal Center attorney Monica Miller. “Because of this, the invocations being offered are by clergy selected by a sectarian religious entity with the ultimate power to exclude speakers from any faith it desires.”

Martin County Attorney Michael D. Durham has told the Appignani Humanist Legal Center they will be launching an investigation.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 5, 2013 at 4:52pm

We have signed on to two coalition letters recently, one calling for Congress to replace sequestration with a bipartisan, balanced approach, the other calling for increased funding for both domestic and international family planning programs.

Details can be found in the "news" section of our website (, a place where you can also access more detailed information about the all the work we do!


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