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 March 28, 2012 at 4:54pm

We do have another group here for our publishing house, Humanist Press:

It has just been relaunched as the first humanist/freethought ebook publisher.

The press release can be found here:

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on March 28, 2012 at 10:10am

AHA Exec. Dir. Roy Speckhardt will be a guest on Armstrong Williams' Right Side Wire radio program at 10:30 a.m. Eastern this morning and can be streamed via the link below. The topic will be "What is Humanism?"

The program is also broadcast daily on WGCV Radio in Columbia, SC, from 4-5:00 PM and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio 128 daily from 7-8:00 PM, WTNT 730 AM/102.9 FM in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia “The Truth” 6-7:00 PM and WGNU 930 AM St. Louis, MO 7-10 PM.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on March 27, 2012 at 11:50am


On Monday, March 26, American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt was on Fox News to discuss the recent Reason Rally, as well as humanism and atheism. The video can be seen here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on March 26, 2012 at 3:53pm

Book Review of Candidate Without a Prayer, An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt by Herb Silverman

The Atheist Who Ran for Governor of South Carolina

If you didn't know better, you might think that an autobiography of a Jewish atheist living in the Bible belt would be of little interest to anyone other than, say, Jewish atheists living in the Bible belt. If you thought this, Herb Silverman will prove you wrong.

Candidate Without a Prayer gets its title from Silverman's 1990 run for governor of South Carolina. There's no need for a spoiler alert: Silverman lost that race, as would be the case for any open atheist, Jew or Gentile, in South Carolina, where "liberal" is considered anything to the left of Pat Robertson.  (The Palmetto State has a different way of looking at politics and history. When I was in Charleston a few months ago, a tour guide informed me that the "War of Northern Aggression" had nothing at all to do with slavery, but rather was a noble dispute over states' rights.)

To read the rest of the review, click here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on March 22, 2012 at 1:29pm

According to this Pew report "nearly three-quarters of [prison] chaplains (73%)...say they consider access to religion-related programs in prison to be 'absolutely critical' to successful rehabilitation of inmates."

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on March 21, 2012 at 8:33am

The AHA's Appignani Humanist Legal Center has been part of a successful effort to end public prayers by a Tennessee school board.

See the full story here:

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on March 20, 2012 at 2:54pm

AHA Exec. Dir. Roy Speckhardt has been asked again tp participate in US News & World Report's Debate Club. The topic this time around is the Violence Against Women Act.

Click on the link to vote your approval in the debate!

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on March 19, 2012 at 1:38pm

Time to Diversify the Judiciary

by Roy Speckhardt

The federal judiciary is receiving a lot of attention recently, especially since the Supreme Court is set to determine the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the very near future. This decision, pooled with the recent scuffle over the contraceptive care mandate issued by the Obama Administration, has propelled the judicial branch to the forefront of everyone's minds.

With this increased visibility comes a reminder that the federal judiciary is a vital institution with extraordinary power over our laws and their application. This power necessitates that those who serve as federal judges are impartial defenders of our Constitution and staunch protectors of our civil rights and liberties.

To read the rest of this "A Humanist View" article by AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt, click here.

Roy Speckhardt is executive director of the American Humanist Association where he actively promotes the humanist perspective on progressive political issues. He's appeared on CNN Headline News, Fox News, numerous national radio shows, and has spoken to dozens of local humanist groups across the country. He also serves as a board member of the Humanist Institute and the United Coalition of Reason and as an advisory board member of the Secular Student Alliance. He holds an M.B.A. from George Mason University and a B.A. in sociology from Mary Washington College. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on March 15, 2012 at 10:56am

Here is the video of Daniel Dennett's talk at the 2012 Darwin Day event "Darwin on the Palouse" at Washington State University.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on March 14, 2012 at 3:08pm

Remember that Humanist Network News, our weekly e-zine, contains a humanist crossword puzzle in most issues.

Here's the latest, called Imagine There's No Heaven:


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