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 December 19, 2011 at 1:17pm

This is one of the articles included in the most recent Humanist Network News, a free weekly eizine from the AHA.

Building a Strong and Diverse Community: A Profile of Black Atheist...

By Ayanna Watson

Black Atheists of America (BAAm) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between atheism and the black community. I founded the organization in 2010 with the intention of diversifying the growing atheist movement and promoting critical thinking.


Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 16, 2011 at 9:26am

Humanists Mourn Christopher Hitchens: Stalwart for Atheism

(Washington, DC - December 16, 2011) -- Humanists and atheists are saddened by the death of the prolific writer and outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens, who died Thursday at the age of 62 after battling esophageal cancer.

“Humanity has lost a powerful stalwart for atheism,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “Christopher Hitchens changed the discussion about religion and non-belief by championing public criticism of theology.”


Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 14, 2011 at 1:51pm

One hundred of these are currently inside Washington, DC buses as part of the AHA's current public awareness ad campaign. There are also exterior bus ads with the same message.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 14, 2011 at 1:46pm

Want to expand your knowledge of Humanism? How about taking online courses? Visit the Continuum of Humanist Education (COHE) to take courses on Introduction to Humanism; Humanist Activism & Organization; Humanism & Psychology; Law & Politics; Religion & Spirituality; and Ethics.

Special thanks to the Institute for Humanist Studies and The Humanist Institute for putting this educational resource together.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 13, 2011 at 1:51pm

For those who would like to officially become a member of the AHA, you may do so for free! There are paid memberships, of course, but there is also a free online-only option (look for the "Become a free Online-Only member" link).

Thanks to everyone for their support--no matter what form it takes.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 12, 2011 at 12:06pm

You can use this link to quickly let your senators know that you support the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 8, 2011 at 10:26am

There is a new AHA website supporting Humanist Chaplaincies at U.S. universities. There are currently four universities with chaplaincies in place.

A story about the effort can be found on Humanist Network News.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 7, 2011 at 3:47pm

There is a White House petition anyone can sign asking that the U.S. military accept humanist chaplains.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 7, 2011 at 2:30pm

One of the AHA's many friends has provided a nice holiday message.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 6, 2011 at 11:28am

Do you vote in a church? Tell the AHA's Appignani Humanist Legal Center about it

By Bill Burgess

The AHA’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center is investigating the use of churches and other houses of worship as polling places.

Americans vote in a wide variety of buildings in their local neighborhoods. Schools, libraries, fire stations and other municipal buildings are spread throughout communities, allowing us to vote near where we live. Sometimes, churches are designated as polling places as well. When this is the case, it raises significant concerns about the venue for the exercise of one of our most important democratic rights and the effect it has on those who are not religious. Recent studies have shown that the nature of the polling place affects the psychology of voters, influencing the way the vote on relevant issues.

If your local polling place is a church, the legal center would like to hear from you. In particular, we’d like to know the following about your polling place:

1. Is there an available secular alternative location in your neighborhood that could serve as a polling place?

2. Is there any evidence of politicking by the church directed at voters at the polling place, such as signs expressing opinions on social issues? Are church members on premises on Election Day speaking to voters or handing out literature?

3. Is the part of the church which voters access neutral in appearance or does it contain significant religious elements which have not been covered up? Are there any pictures of how the church looks on Election Day?

4. Have you registered a complaint with the local government about their choice of the church as a polling place? If so, what was their response?

5. How widespread is the use of churches as polling places in your community? Are they overrepresented, given the availability of secular alternatives? Do they represent the religious diversity of your community, or is any one religion or denomination overrepresented?

6. Have local politicians or government workers made any comments on the choice of churches as polling places? If not, has anyone asked them about their motives?

7. If a voter objects to voting in church, is he or she permitted to vote at an alternate secular location?

8. Is the church complying with your state’s election laws?

In exercising our fundamental right to vote, we deserve the chance to vote in a neutral setting that is welcoming to the entire community, not just those who follow the religion of the majority. If you feel that your polling place does not meet this standard, we would like to hear from you.

To contact the legal center about this (or any other matter), please send me an email at To keep up with the legal center’s ongoing activities, please visit our Facebook page at

Bill Burgess is the Legal Coordinator of the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center,


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