The New Orleans Secular Humanist Association is dedicated to raising the awareness of people of the Gulf Coast region to the ideals and values of secular humanism.

What is Humanism?

Humanists reject superstitious beliefs. Instead, we can make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared values. We can make the best of life by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, and choosing to take responsibility for our actions.

It is important to act morally towards others, not because of a divine imperative, but because people have inherent dignity. We have only one life, it is our responsibility to make it a good life, and to live it well.

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Upcoming Events

Please see the NOSHA Calendar for all scheduled events.

  • Heretics Brunch – June

    June 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Santa Fe Restaurant

    We haven’t had a chance to have one of our legendary brunches in a long time, so we’re long overdue! Santa Fe offers a friendly atmosphere and a delicious menu on Sundays. We’ve been well-served as a group in the past, so we should go back where it all started. • Important to knowPlease keep us up to date on your attendance by using the RSVP function as soon as your plans change. It’s very helpful for us to know

  • Secular Coalition for America Presents: Getting Secular Voters on the Map

    July 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at River Ridge Library

    With the 2018 midterm elections coming up and unprecedented on the separation of church and state by all three branches of government, we need to prioritize and organize! The SCA’s Grassroots team, Sarah Levin and Sarah Frey will be travelling across our region to meet with and mobilize secular groups and individuals. As the largest and fastest growing religious demographic in the country, secular Americans and our values continue to be underrepresented and outright attacked. Our goal is t...

  • Last Supper Dinner Club – July

    July 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.

    Dine with the deniers and escape the heat! Here is another one of our favorite, historical places to grab a bite. And you pay at the register, so it’s easy on the group. Don’t forget, there’s ice cream! • Important to knowPlease keep us up to date on your ability to make the dinner by using the RSVP function as soon as your plans change. It’s very helpful for us to know how many folks are joining us, not just

The Humanist Advocate – Recent Posts

BOOK REVIEW– The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World

Readers interested in the early history of Christianity will enjoy historian Bart Ehrman’s latest book and bestseller, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World. The book focuses mainly on what happened, and why things happened the way the did, during the 4th century. In 301 CE, Christians were a small but visible minority within the Roman Empire, subject to persecution by decree of emperor Diocletian. By 399 Christianity was the official religion of the empire, and…

If the Humanist Manifesto Were a Book It Might Look Like This

Editor’s note: The following is a continuing and expanded review of Steven Pinker’s newly released book referenced in the previous post. In what must be the most robust recent defense of the 18th Century social, political, and intellectual movement known as The Enlightenment, Steven Pinker stays true to the movement’s foundations by methodically presenting its case in his latest book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (Viking, 2018), affirming his  belief in the certainty of increasing…

Elimination Through Enlightenment: Pinker Analysis of Capital Punishment

  The trend in mass shootings  has been to find the body of the perpetrator among or nearby the dead and dying, prone on  the killing floor with his victims— either from his own hand or “neutralized” by the rescuers. (I use the masculine pronoun since these atrocities are always carried out by men.) We are then left with the multiple crises of grieving, the unending questions of causes and answers, and attempts to ferret out some sense of closure…


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