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 May 1, 2012 at 4:58pm

Humanist magazine photo contest winners

The Humanist magazine photo contest was a success! Readers took us with them to places near and far (and hopefully left some copies behind for unwitting humanists to peruse). Featured here are the first and second place winners, as well as an honorable mention. We’ll announce another contest soon, so be sure to take the Humanist with you when you travel, and bon voyage!

Image is the 1st Place winner!

PHOTO BY: Kristen N. Stehel
Elaine Ball reads the Humanist outside the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on April 18, 2012 at 1:59pm

The National Day of Reason website has undergone some major improvements and is now better than ever!

Visit the site to add your local NDoR event to the calendar, sign a petition to President Obama asking him to issue a NDoR proclamation, and find out more about the National Day of Reason!

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on April 17, 2012 at 4:53pm

The AHA is a signatory on a letter from the Interfaith Alliance to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights sent as a followup to a hearing on racial profiling.

The press release from the Interfaith Alliance can be found here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on April 11, 2012 at 4:45pm

The Equal Rights Amendment Finally Arrives

by Roy Speckhardt
Executive Director, American Humanist Association

Today's political climate makes it abundantly clear that American women need to have their rights and freedoms permanently protected through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. New laws and regulations being pushed by the Religious Right are an open violation of every woman's basic dignity by forcing them into a position where they can be legally mistreated.

Several bills were recently introduced by religious political extremists in Congress to restrict women's access to necessary health services, such as the one introduced by Senator Roy Blunt which would have exempted employers from providing contraceptive care to their employees for religious reasons. While Sen. Blunt was unsuccessful, additional legislation would defund reproductive health services and elevate the rights of a fetus over that of a woman. And in Wisconsin several bills were just passed that repealed the state's 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act and degraded health services for women. Members of the Religious Right have cheered at these and other measures which are predicated on an assumption that women are inferior.

To read the rest of this article on Huffington Post, click here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on April 10, 2012 at 4:41pm

Our wonderful puzzle creator, Dan Mason, has created a special Drop Quotes puzzle inspired by the Reason Rally!

When you meet a bible bully...
How the Reason Rally saved my sanity

My family was riding the Metro back to Bethesda after the Reason Rally. A gang of bible bullies got on the same car we were on. The men, in their 40s, were wearing work clothes adorned with jesus debris: hats, pins, T-shirts, jackets. One was wearing a sash. They were carrying pole sections and the banner they had no doubt proudly displayed to save the Reasonable People at the Rally.

The four men strode into the car bragging loudly about how they had, “Showed them atheists a thing or two.” They took seats in the middle of the car and started congratulating themselves on “Doing god’s work.” (Yeah, the probably would have capitalized god.) No one took the bait. Then they started talking about how much they respected the Amish because they worshipped the gospel and acted in a christian manner. I suggested it was too bad that more people didn't act in a christian manner, whereupon I became the target of their verbal assaults: This was America and they could talk it they wanted to; Who was I to deny their right to their religion? etc. Their noise made any verbal response from me impossible. I waved my hand and pointed at the bible one was carrying. They stopped
shouting for a moment. I showed them a bible verse I had seen in the tent at the Reason Rally. Another atheist used his smart phone and looked it up for me.

Our stop was next. The bullies spent the intervening time trying to find a bible verse they could use to shut me up.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on April 9, 2012 at 2:31pm

The Humanist Institute, an affiliate organization of the American Humanist Association, is pleased to announce a new online course is now available. Philosophy and the Humanist Connectionis the Institute’s latest addition to COHE, the Internet’s first website offering interactive courses in humanist thought. 

For more information, click here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on April 6, 2012 at 1:34pm

The International Freethought Film Festival has extended the deadline for submission to April 15.

Festivities will run from July 31st to August 5th, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

For information, visit:

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on April 5, 2012 at 2:23pm

A woman has made this humanist box as a gift to someone being confirmed in the Norwegian Humanist Association (they have a secular coming of age ceremony).

You can see the thread with more pictures and explaining how it was made here:

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on April 3, 2012 at 1:33pm

The AHA is pleased to have received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. The AHA is also a BBB Accredited Charity and a "Valued Partner" by GuideStar. We're proud of our commitment to accountability and transparency. Thank you to our donors for your support!

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on April 2, 2012 at 12:01pm

In this month's Humanist Hour podcast, experience the Reason Rally, the largest gathering of the secular movement in the world: Author and blogger Greta Christina tells us why she is angry, Taslima Nasrin describes her experience of fighting for secularism in a country from which she has been exiled, Mythbuster Adam Savage describes his definition of reason, with Australian musicians Tim Minchin and Shelley Segal.

For complete details, visit the podcast website at:


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