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

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 26, 2012 at 2:01pm

Can a Candidate Be Too Religious?

by American Humanist Association President David Niose

When Rick Santorum did surprisingly well in the Iowa caucuses on January 3, many Americans started taking a serious look at his views. One revelation that quickly came to light was that the former Pennsylvania senator, a devout Catholic, takes his religion very seriously. In fact, via news accounts appearing immediately after the Iowa caucuses, many Americans learned that Santorum, like his church, is highly critical of birth control and believes that nonprocreativ....

This makes Santorum more Catholic than the typical American Catholic. Although the Vatican considers contraception not just a sin, but a mortal sin, most American Catholics, preferring to cherry-pick from the moral standards of their church, simply don't accept such religious dictates. They may identify as Catholic, but they'll use condoms and/or the pill, and they'll even get a vasectomy or tubal ligation once they've decided they've had enough kids.


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Comment by Meghan Hamilton on January 25, 2012 at 4:26pm

Humanist Crossword Puzzle: The Beginning and the End

Each week Humanist Network News ezine includes a humanist crossword puzzle! The latest can be found here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on January 23, 2012 at 4:09pm

Humanist Chaplains and Conscientious Objectors

By E. James Lieberman

The claim that there are no atheists in foxholes is false. The armed forces include the whole spectrum of belief, even in the heat of battle. More important is the fact that there are conscientious objectors in the military today—some religious, some not. Since there is no draft, the only conscientious objectors in uniform are those unfamiliar with traditional peace churches; only after enlistment do they realize that they cannot participate in war. They have a difficult time trying to leave the military without getting an undesirable discharge.

The Center on Conscience & War (CC&W), founded in 1940 as the National Service Board for Religious Objectors, has grown from a small group of traditional peace churches (Quaker, Mennonite, Brethren) to be more inclusive. The CC&W advisory board includes dozens of organizations including the American Humanist Association. Roy Speckhardt recently told CC&W director, Maria Santelli and me about the AHA’s effort, with the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, to introduce humanist chaplains into the armed forces. The fact that evangelical chaplains—the vast majority—are against it is upsetting, even if not surprising. CC&W often consults with military chaplains, and now includes one (retired) on its board.

Read the rest of the article from the latest issue of Humanist Network News here:

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on January 20, 2012 at 2:13pm

For those who will be in Washington, DC for the Reason Rally on March 24, consider coming to the AHA's pre-rally reception, Friday, March 23 at our national office, co-hosted by the Washington Area Secular Humanists.

An RSVP is required as space will be limited.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on January 19, 2012 at 1:27pm

Humanists of Rhode Island join their state's Adopt A Highway program.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on January 18, 2012 at 11:19am

AHA Joins Others In Opposing SOPA/PIPA

To help bring awareness to the attack on freedoms of expression and free speech included in proposed SOPA/PIPA legislation, the AHA has placed a blank panel on it's main web page with a link to a website ( where people can easily inform their senators of their opposition

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on January 12, 2012 at 10:29am

Nonbelievers Applaud Court Ruling to Remove Religious Banner from Rhode Island Public School

American Humanist Association leaders applauded the ruling issued last night by U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux ordering the immediate removal of a prayer banner in a Rhode Island high school. The suit was brought by student Jessica Ahlquist, and the ruling supports her claim that the banner violates church-state separation legal principles.

"We are so proud of Jessica for fighting to protect church-state separation," said American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt. "She recognized injustice, stood up for what is right, and persevered in the face of harassment. She fought for the rights of nonbelievers and religious minorities and is an example for everyone."

For the rest of the press release, click here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on January 10, 2012 at 10:46am

Feb. 12 is International Darwin Day!

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 the linked website you can find resources and information about what's going on in your area.

If you are hosting a Darwin Day event, you can post information about it on our events listing.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on January 9, 2012 at 2:48pm

Lobby Day for Reason

On March 23, the day before the Reason Rally in Washington, DC, the Lobby Day for Reason is being hosted by the Secular Coalition for America (SCA), a group in which the AHA is a member organization.

Attendees will be trained on the basics of lobbying and on the specific topics on which the SCA is currently lobbying.

The Lobby Day for reason is free--click here for more information.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on January 6, 2012 at 10:36am

The Humanist Hour (HH) audio podcast is a monthly one-hour talk show produced by the American Humanist Association. Every episode of the HH audio podcast explores a different area of humanist thought, from politics to pop culture.

In this month’s podcast, Jes Constantine and Todd Stiefel interview satirical musician Roy Zimmerman, Australian freethought singer / songwriter Shelley Segal, and rational rocker Bruce Harris from Words Such As Burn, about their experience as atheist artists in the music industry.


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