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.

  • Religion, Immigration, and the Rise of Right-Wing Populism

    November 17 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Jefferson Parish Library

    Fidel Azazi will discuss contemporary immigration in the West from Muslim-majority countries and the dramatic cultural shift contributing to a major change in Europe and the United States. Such change has paved the way for right-wing populism to dominate the political landscape. Azazi is a Lebanese social and political activist who has worked with the International Organization for Migration under the Humanitarian Admission Program for resettlement between 2013 and 2015. Then, he served as a pro...

  • Sunday Freethinkers Fika – Join Us in November

    November 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at CC’S Community Coffee House

    “Fika”, a valued social institution in Sweden, means taking a regular break to enjoy refreshments with your friends or colleagues. We have added this experience to NOSHA! From the book ‘The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break’: “Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with it. You

  • Last Supper Dinner Club – December

    December 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Porter & Luke’s Restaurant

    Dine With The Deniers! Join your friends before the craziness of the season gets going. We’ve been to Porter & Luke’s earlier this year and found them to be very accommodating and enjoyable. Here’s the menu for your consideration: *** Please update your RSVP if your plans change. It’s very helpful for us to know how many folks are coming, not just for the restaurant seating, but for the folks on the waiting list. We check the RS...

The Humanist Advocate – Recent Posts

Enough to Go Around

It can be natural  for an non-theist to experience fleeting hints, or even weightier thoughts relating to some personal responsibility or even guilt after events of murderous brutality at places of religious worship such as the latest at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After all, we are organized around the idea that religions are regressive superstitions and have proved to be not very good fulfilling the role as a fundamental principle for directing the activity of improving…

Evangelicals: Then and Now

It’s easy to get the impression (especially for those of us in the secular humanist community) that the long-term trend of dwindling congregations in mainline Protestant churches is being compensated by increasing attendance in evangelical Protestant churches. If not matched person for person, at least as notable in the increasing volume coming from the arrogant snake-oil-selling leaders.  Historically, fundamentalist evangelicals began to assert themselves into the cultural wars and political debate in the early 1970s, mostly coming from a reaction…

When Charity Falls Short

In the August 26th edition of the, author Brody Armstrong brings up some interesting points about a current topic usually at, or near the top of everyone’s “Most Concerned About” list when pollsters send out its routine queries under that heading: health care. What differentiates Armstrong’s short analysis is the role social media, specifically the way the fundraising-for-profit GoFundMe app and others like it have worked themselves into the conversation about the current healthcare crisis.   “Why GoFundMe Isn’t the…


The Humanist Perspective