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American Humanist Association

We strive to bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted way to live life. 

 

Website: http://americanhumanist.org
Location: Washington DC
Members: 71
Latest Activity: Nov 21

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 HumanistPress.com

 

 

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

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Religious Freedom on the Brink

Started by Meghan Hamilton Oct 12, 2012. 0 Replies

by American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt…Continue

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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 11, 2012 at 1:20pm

Keeping Our Human Light Lit During the Holidays

HumanLight is about celebrating and expressing what fills our lives with love and meaning.

By Roy Speckhardt, December 09, 2012

The winter holiday season is a great time for families and friends to get together and enjoy each other's company. It's among the few times each year that those close to us join to reflect, celebrate, and perhaps eat a bit too much fattening food.

From a humanist perspective, one of the most enriching things we can do is strengthen the connections we share with other human beings, and this time often provides us just such an opportunity. Unfortunately, most of these holidays also have deep religious connections. And depending on how nontheists came to exclude an intervening god from their worldview, some would rather forget those religious connections, and others even find them to be unpalatable.

Most humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheists came to their rational understanding of the world gradually, finding flaws in the faith they were raised in and eventually deciding for themselves on alternatives to the supernatural. Some others were already there, having been raised in secular ethical traditions. But some came to their nontheism more abruptly, as a response to harm experienced from within traditional religions. This could be something dramatic, like the tens of thousands of kids who were molested by Catholic priests, probably only a small portion of whom have sought justice in recent years. It might also be less dramatic, but still significant, like discovering all of a sudden just how ineffective prayer can be.

 

To read the rest of this Patheos article by American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt, click here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 10, 2012 at 11:00am

AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt recently appeared on the Fox News Radio program The Vipp Jaswal Report and had a cordial and informative discussion on humanism and the AHA. The podcast of the program is found here, where comments are welcomed.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on December 6, 2012 at 2:59pm

Continuum for Humanist Education

The Humanist Institute is pleased to announce the addition of Level Two online courses to the Continuum for Humanist Education (COHE) website. Level two courses include: Humanist Activism & Organization, Science & Humanism, Psychology & Humanism, Law & Politics, Religion & Spirituality, Ethics and Philosophy & the Humanist Connection.

Register today to access these free online courses!

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 29, 2012 at 2:23pm

The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center is now assisting the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers in their complaint about taking public school students to a church to see a performance of "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

"The message of the pla
y is clear: Jesus Christ is the son of God and the messiah, and the real meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the anniversary of his birth," wrote Bill Burgess, the legal center's coordinator in a letter to school officials. "It is completely sectarian in nature and expressly rejects any secular version of Christmas."

Details found here: http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2012/11/29/freethinke...

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 27, 2012 at 9:43am

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are good for the economy, and Giving Tuesday is good for the causes you care about!

The American Humanist Association is joining more than 2,000 organizations on #GivingTuesday (www.givingtuesday.org) to bring friends and family together in supporting charitable organizations.

Text HUMANIST to 50555 to donate $10 and support the AHA today! http://givingtuesday.org/

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 19, 2012 at 2:37pm

The Humanist Community Project: AHA-HCH Partnership Announcement

The American Humanist Association (AHA) is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Humanist Community at Harvard (HCH) on a nationwide effort to build and promote communities for the nonreligious.

“The nonreligious population has exploded, even without much local organizing. It’s going to grow even faster and become politically influential once more atheists and freethinkers build strong, humanistic communities,” said Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and director of the HCH, a local chapter of the AHA.

In November 2012, the HCH and the AHA agreed to co-sponsor the Humanist Community Project (HCP): a Cambridge-based initiative to help create, establish, and connect a stronger nationwide network of Humanist communities focused on individual, group, and societal betterment, for the benefit of the secular and freethought movement. The project will support and supplement the AHA’s ongoing efforts to develop successful local chapters, of which it already has more than 150 nationwide. Under the agreement, the AHA will endorse the HCP as its official community development project, providing access to staff and existing Humanist community development research. Since the AHA is not providing direct funding for the HCP, the HCH will spend the rest of 2012 raising additional funds to support research and program development through May 2015.

Read the complete announcement here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 13, 2012 at 12:17pm

Evolution Made Clear for Kids in "Pepper’s Special Wings"

In order to give parents a fun and effective tool when teaching young children evolution and the science behind it, author Mary Anne Farah has written Pepper’s Special Wings, a children’s ebook that uses the Peppered Moth species, a recent example of natural selection, as its inspiration.

“Children have the right to know the truth about how life evolves and species change,” says Farah. “The well-documented story of how the Peppered Moth species eventually changed due to pollution darkening the plants where they congregated was perfect for a children’s book. The new survival advantage for moths with darker wings is an easy example to explain to children with no need to use words that may not have yet been learned, such as species, population, predation and camouflage.”

The story of Pepper the moth covers more than just evolution, however. While Pepper’s Special Wings relates to small children about how Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory of natural selection works, children will also identify with Pepper’s struggles with the recurring childhood themes of self-esteem, self-image, bullying and being teased.

To read the full press release, click here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 13, 2012 at 10:08am

On Nov. 13, 2012, the American Humanist Association launched a national ad campaign to promote a new website, KidsWithoutGod.com. This new resource has been created to strengthen and support kids and teenagers who don’t happen to believe in a god. Online display ads will be running throughout the Google network, Youtube, as well as on Cheezburger sites, Pandora, Reddit and Facebook. (Disney, Time for Kids and National Geographic Kids turned down our ads based on content.) The campaign also includes interior and exterior bus ads in Washington, DC and a billboard in Moscow, ID.

The press release with more information can be found here.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 9, 2012 at 11:02am

Stanford’s Atheist Chaplain Launches 150+ Student Community

November 9, 2012

Contact: Chaplain John Figdor (914) 954-3276, jfigdor@stanfordhumanist.org

Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics, at Stanford Finally Given a Voice: New Humanist Chaplain Creates Community for the Faithless

PALO ALTO, Ca - Atheists, Agnostics, and other non-believers at Stanford welcome the addition of a Humanist “Religious Professional” at Stanford. On college campuses like Stanford, non-religious students constitute more than 30% of the University population.[1]However, unlike religious students who benefit from the community aspect of religion, non-religious students often report feeling “isolated” and wish they had a non-religious Chaplain to talk to about personal problems, questions about the meaning and purpose of life, and questions about life as an Atheist, Humanist, or Agnostic. “If Stanford is going to provide resources such as funding for programs and activities to promote religious life at the university and Chaplains for religious students, then Stanford should provide those resources for Atheist, Humanist, and Agnostic students as well. We launched the Humanist Community at Stanford to remedy this problem, and I am excited to announce that Scotty McLennan, the Dean of Religious Life at Stanford University, has graciously welcomed our representative, John Figdor, the former Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard to be the ‘ir-Religious Professional’ at Stanford,” said Norm Schwartz, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Humanist Community at Stanford.

The organization was founded in July of 2012 to “build, educate, and nurture a diverse community of Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics at Stanford and in Silicon Valley.” The group has already hosted controversial Atheist celebrity Richard Dawkins for a conversation about popularizing science and co-sponsored a candlelight vigil for the Pakistani women's rights advocate, Malala Yusafzai, in addition to numerous dinners, pub nights, conversation meetings, and film screenings. Humanist Chaplain John Figdor concurred, commenting, “I am very thankful to Dean Scotty McLennan and the Religious Life team at Stanford for being welcoming me to Stanford to represent the non-religious perspective among Stanford’s Religious Professionals.”

For more information, please visit our website at www.stanfordhumanist.org and our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/stanfordhumanist.

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Comment by Meghan Hamilton on November 7, 2012 at 2:52pm

The American Humanist Association has been proud to work with 2008 Humanist of the Year Rep. Pete Stark on issues such as the Darwin Day Resolution in 2011 and the National Day of Reason Proclamation in 2012. Thank you, Rep. Stark!

 

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God's Plan for Rape Victims

Started by Meghan Hamilton. Last reply by Reg The Fronkey Farmer Oct 16, 2013. 2 Replies

Religious Freedom on the Brink

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A Sensible Approach to Islam

Started by Meghan Hamilton Sep 24, 2012. 0 Replies

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