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.

  • Sunday Freethinkers Fika – May

    May 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at CC’s Coffee House

    Our monthly Freethinkers Fika is a small, friendly social gathering for humanists, atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers to engage in free discussion with like-minded others in a coffee-shop atmosphere. Secular Humanism is a philosophy that seeks to make sense of the world using science, reason, and shared values; we reject attempts to explain the world in supernatural terms. This philosophy forms the basis for our affiliation in NOSHA, and thus will necessarily inform the perspective from which...

  • NOSHA Duck Dodgers Support Second Harvest!

    June 1 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Big Lake

    Do you like supporting your local food bank? Do you like the opportunity to win prizes? Do you like rubber ducks? And do you have $5 to spare? NOSHA is hosting a team of rubber duckies for Second Harvest’s annual Rubber Duck Derby. You can donate to our team, the NOSHA Duck Dodgers, online here: Adopt your $5 ducks for a chance to win our $5,000 grand prize, a $1,000 gift certificate to Rouses, a stay at the Ritz-Carlton

  • Pridefest Block Party 2019

    June 8 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Phoenix Bar

    Join us as NOSHA celebrates with the LGBTQ community at the annual Pridefest Block Party. We’ll have a table set up for everyone to learn more about secular humanism and our organization, so please encourage your friends who would like to know more to stop by and meet us. We hope to see many of you there!

The Humanist Advocate – Recent Posts

Why Do I Write?

.     “….no one is born to be anything but human.”—Eugene C. Thomas   Eugene C. Thomas—Baba Geno—has been  a recent guest on NOSHA’s cable access television program The Humanist Perspective. Insights into his life becoming  the consummate humanist, from student and soldier, to spiritualist, writer, community radio broadcaster, and attorney-at law, can be heard at the link above.  Here, he shares an introduction to his planned book compilation of essays and observations–edited, with permission from him.    …

The Self-Destructive Denial of Climate Change

    Denialism has always been synonymous with human nature; that is, any definition of “human nature” would need to include this frailty. We follow our confirmation bias to defy reality and challenge evidence  that is widely accepted by society.   The term climate change evolved before from what was known in the 1980s as “Global Warming.” The rise of an increasingly globalized economy spurred several multinational corporations— like Exxon—to undertake studies which yielded findings that there could be catastrophic…

The Cure That Wasn’t

  Walter Kaufmann (1921-1980) was a philosopher, translator, and poet. His translations and interpretations of Nietzsche’s work are considered by many of his contemporaries to be the standard; and the influence of Nietzsche’s and other 20th Century philosophers and psychological theorists of the early modern age—as well as his poetic bent—are evident in this excerpt from Critique of Religion and Philosophy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, fifth paperback printing, 1990) in a chapter titled “The Core of Religion.”     Man…


The Humanist Perspective