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 June 19, 2012 at 3:10pm

Is Molly hopeful or is she simply happy?


Comment by Meghan Hamilton on June 14, 2012 at 11:42am

Michigan Residents: Tell Your State Senators To Oppose The Julea Ward Freedom Of Conscience Act!

Dear Friend,

Earlier this year, I informed you of a bill in the Michigan House of Representatives that would subvert the national standards of the counseling process and legalize discrimination in our nation’s higher education institutions. This bill, House Bill 5040, also known as the “Julea Ward Freedom of Conscience Act,” has now passed the Michigan House of Representatives and moves to the state Senate for approval.

The “Freedom of Conscience Act” was created following a tragic incident at Eastern Michigan University where a gay student was discriminated against by a fellow student named Julea Ward. Ms. Ward, who served as a graduate counselor in the university’s counseling program, was removed from her position and expelled from the university after she attempted to refer a client to another counselor because the client's file indicated a past gay relationship, a relationship Ms. Ward morally opposes as an evangelical Christian.

The Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association and the Ethical Standards of the American School Counselor Association, which student counselors are obliged to follow as a curricular requirement of the university, mandate that counselors are not to allow their personal values to intrude into their professional work. Since Ms. Ward broke these standards, the school was correct in terminating her from her position. Simply put, the passage of this misleading “Freedom of Conscience Act” would give students in the counseling, social work, or psychology programs free rein to discriminate against LGBT students or students who do not agree with their religious views.

If you are a Michigan Resident, this is your chance to stand up aga...

The American Humanist Association is committed to defending the right of all people not to be discriminated against, and stands in favor of the rigorous standards that are present in the counseling profession. I ask you to help defeat the Julea Ward Freedom of Conscience Act b.... Thank you for standing up against religious discrimination.


Roy Speckhardt
Executive Director

P.S. If you're not a Michigan resident, be sure to read about this controversy because it may be an issue in your state next.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on June 12, 2012 at 4:08pm

Below is a selection from our recently received "love" letters.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on June 5, 2012 at 1:56pm

The Humanist Hour #74: Bad Religion

A new episode of the Humanist Hour is available for listening!

In this month’s podcast, Todd Stiefel and guest co-host Scott Burdick interview Bad Religion lead vocalist Greg Graffin and bassist Jay Bentley backstage at the Reason Rally.

Thanks to Scott Burdick for capturing and providing the Humanist Hour with the audio content for this month!

 For complete details on this podcast, click here.


Comment by Meghan Hamilton on June 4, 2012 at 11:37am

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 Meghan Hamilton on June 1, 2012 at 4:13pm
Comment by Meghan Hamilton on June 1, 2012 at 10:07am

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 Meghan Hamilton on May 31, 2012 at 12:02pm

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 Meghan Hamilton on May 30, 2012 at 2:06pm

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 Meghan Hamilton on May 25, 2012 at 2:31pm

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?"

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