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 4, 2013 at 4:09pm

We're happy to welcome a new chapter group, Humanists of the Treasure Coast, to the American Humanist Association family!

If you're in the Treasure Coast region of Florida or the surrounding area and would like more information on this local chapter, you can go to their website You can also contact Joe Beck by email at joebeck@humtc or call 772-934-6167.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 3, 2013 at 9:30am

It's #GivingTuesday! After scoring Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we hope you'll take a moment to support your favorite charities and make a special donation to the American Humanist Association. Text HUMANIST to 50555 to donate $10!

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Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 27, 2013 at 11:36am

In this month’s show, Todd and Kim interview four Humanist Press authors, discovering the diversity of quality books being offered by the publishing arm of the American Humanist Association, including fiction, poetry and history.

Listen as Todd and Kim discuss, among other things, how each author incorporates humanist ideas into their work and and why it matters.

For detailed show notes and links, visit

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 18, 2013 at 10:02am

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 15, 2013 at 9:25am

“Holidays and Other Disasters," released today by Humanist Press, is an Antidote to Sarah Palin’s Cockeyed Christmas Canon

As we enter another holiday season, John G. Rodwan’s "Holidays and Other Disasters" is a timely and needed antidote to claims made by people like Sarah Palin in her recently released "Good Tidings and Great Joy," a book where she laments the made up “war on Christmas” and demands universal acceptance of public religious displays. While Rodwan agrees that Christmas is a religious holiday and should be treated that way, fights against the “pervasive, persistent assumption that everyone – unless he or she belongs to another popular confessional group, and perhaps even then – should carry on at least some traditions connected with Christmas makes itself felt toward the end of each year.”

More details on the book here:

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 12, 2013 at 10:57am

To promote the new Humanist Celebrant Training Course offered by The Humanist Institute, the AHA has launched a new billboard ad campaign in Idaho!

For more information, and to find out how YOU can become a Humanist Celebrant, check out our press release here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 7, 2013 at 2:12pm

“Colorado Day of Prayer” Opposed in American Humanist Association Amicus Brief Filing
Appignani Humanist Legal Center Argues Against Church-State Entanglement

(Washington, DC, Nov. 7, 2013) — The American Humanist Association has filed an amicus brief with the Colorado Supreme Court in support of a lower court ruling that declared unconstitutional the governor's "Colorado Day of Prayer" proclamations. The court has accepted an appeal by Gov. John Hickenlooper of the Colorado Court of Appeals unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel earlier this year.

The American Humanist Association (AHA) is supporting the Freedom From Religion Foundation in this case, arguing that the state is marginalizing citizens who don’t pray and that “AHA members are also forced to witness their own government preferring religion over non-religion, which sends a symbolic message to AHA’s members that God-belief is favored and that humanism is disapproved.”

“These proclamations are a clear attempt by the government to promote a singular religious point of view,” said Monica Miller, an attorney and legal consultant with the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center. “There is no secular justification for the practice and it should be stopped.”

“Not only do the prayers advance religion over non-religion,” the brief concludes, “but they also affiliate the government with Christianity specifically, through its close alliance with the National Day of Prayer Task Force, the purpose of which is to spread the Christian message through such prayer proclamations.“

The National Day of Prayer Task Force states that their mission “is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.” The National Day of Reason, a project co-created by the American Humanist Association, is a growing national alternative to the National Day of Prayer.

“This religious motivation is one that should remain a private matter free from government involvement,” said American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt. “For a governor to use the office to officially endorse this kind of sentiment is not only unconstitutional, but an attack on religious freedoms.”

A copy of the amicus brief can be found here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 6, 2013 at 4:47pm

"We cannot treat everybody, literally everybody equally without eliminating prayer altogether."

The Supreme Court heard arguments today in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a case challenging the constitutionality of prayer before legislative sessions.

Arguing that the prayers in the Town of Greece's city council meetings violated the First Amendment, Douglas Laycock offered this quote that sure Sounds Like Humanism to us!
Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 4, 2013 at 3:17pm
Comment by Meghan Hamilton on October 31, 2013 at 11:59am


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