Posted June 03, 2010 at 9:37am
On the evening of Sunday, June 6, scientist and educator Bill Nye will be named the American Humanist Association's 2010 Humanist of the Year at the 69th Annual AHA Conference. Nye will be one of many luminaries awarded at the conference, which will be held in San Jose, California, June 3 through 6.
Posted June 03, 2010 at 9:17am
UPDATE: "ISNOGOD" License Plate Approved After Appeal.
Posted June 03, 2010 at 9:16am
The American Humanist Association (AHA) spoke out today against the newly-approved social studies and U.S. history curricula in Texas and urged other states to reject textbooks written for the new curricula, as California has proposed. In a series of 9-5 votes, the Texas State Board of Education decided on Friday to alter the textbook standards in a way that undermines the separation of church and state and would infuse a more conservative tone into Texas classrooms overall.
Posted May 11, 2010 at 8:32am
The Second Chance Prom--with lead sponsorships from the American Humanist Association (AHA) and Green Day--was held in downtown Tupelo, Mississippi on Saturday night and was a great success, according to leaders from the AHA. The Second Chance Prom welcomed LGBT youth and friends, as well as student Constance McMillen and her classmates from Itawamba Agricultural High School. The school had canceled its own prom rather than allow Constance to attend with her girlfriend.
Posted May 07, 2010 at 12:21pm
The American Humanist Association expressed disappointment today that the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed dismissal of a case challenging the infusion of religion into presidential inaugural ceremonies. A three-judge panel of the court unanimously held that the challenge to the 2009 presidential inaugural was moot because Newdow and the other plaintiffs did not appeal the District Court's denial of a preliminary injunction and that the court did not have the power to redress the claims for future inaugural ceremonies because it did not know who the defendants would be.
Posted May 06, 2010 at 10:55am
Visionary. Beauty. Legend. Katharine Hepburn was all of these things and more, defying the Hollywood standards of femininity and paving the way for women’s rights advocates to come. Although many people are aware of these facets of Hepburn’s life, few people know that she was also a humanist. In fact,while Hepburn is famous for winning more Best Actress Oscars than any other actress, a lesser known fact is that she received the American Humanist Association’s Arts Award in 1985. Fearless in her craft and life, Katharine stood by her beliefs and values, expressing them with all the elegance and honesty she possessed on screen.
Posted May 05, 2010 at 7:00am
In advance of the National Day of Prayer--an annual event in which the president urges citizens to pray--the American Humanist Association today encouraged people to instead celebrate an event that is inclusive and recognizes a universal American value: the National Day of Reason. The National Day of Reason, which is held to coincide with and as a counter to the National Day of Prayer, will be held on May 6 this year.
Posted April 28, 2010 at 12:09pm
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that a cross in the Mojave Desert National Preserve can stay in the federal park sets a bad precedent for similar church-state separation cases, the American Humanist Association argued today. The 5-4 ruling in Salazar v. Buono issued today held that the District Court failed to properly consider Congress's transfer of the public land upon which the cross sits and that the cross may remain at least until the District Court makes a proper determination otherwise.
Posted April 27, 2010 at 8:00am
This Thursday in Washington, DC; sponsored by the Humanist magazine.
Posted April 19, 2010 at 9:18am
The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transportation District (MTD) engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination when it rejected a nontheist advertisement, the American Humanist Association (AHA) asserted today. The statement was made in response to news that an ad for an AHA affiliate group, the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara (HSSB), was rejected by MTD without explanation--even though MTD allows religious advertising.