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 Meetup Calendar for all scheduled events.

The Humanist Advocate – Recent Posts

Why History is Not a Good Excuse for a Bad Idea

Adding a law to the state books every so often that puts a new twist on old time religion by Louisiana’s  congresspersons is always considered in good form by them, as doing so publicly affirms their loyalty and reverence to the gods in the Bible, and encourages, by the force of law, Louisiana citizens to do the same. Since the early 1980s, one fundamentalist Christian-based law after another has been heaped on the Louisiana statutes, and most of them remain….

Onward, To the Past

Last August I received an invitation to attend the inaugural meeting of La Nouvelle Vendée (LNV) , to be held in a low slung metal community building in Arnaudville, a village a few miles north of Lafayette, and on the western reach of the Atchafalaya Swamp. The promoters had gotten my email address from somewhere—probably from my searching for information about “the other” Christian theocratic movement: the Catholic version. So much has been written about the political aspirations of so…

My Thoughts on Machiavelli

Dr. Martyn Thompson (pictured left with NOSHA member Lucy Wells Tierney, the author) described Machiavelli at NOSHA in May. My take: The end justifies the means; it’s in a cycle. Here are my rough and ignorant notes, only for you few: Machiavelli on the Use and Purpose of Political Violence   M (Machiavelli) told his readers he travels a road no one has travelled before me, abandoning commonplace morality for the truth about political reality. What does he mean by…


The Humanist Perspective