Sounds Like Humanism To Me, Too

This isn’t a billboard or formal ad campaign, but the American Humanism Association has been putting up images on Facebook as part of a “Sounds Like Humanism” campaign, in which people said things that could easily be labeled as such even if they didn’t actually use the term.

I posted about the Dalai Lama last month.

The latest image is of Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo:

These are also a couple from politicians, past and present:

I love this campaign. It’s reminding people that even if they don’t call themselves a Humanist, many of them are pretty damn close to it. You can see future images on the AHA’s Facebook page.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • RSW58

    I think that many people are Humanists. They just don’t know it.  :-)

  • pRinzler

    I hope all theocrats take pause when reading that great quote by your Saint Reagan.

  • Ryan Bauer

    I’ve been meaning to start an AHA chapter in Dallas after the holidays. Anyone from the area interested in co-founding or being a charter member? E-mail me at

  • Lacie

    I think this is the way to approach religious people.  We’re always so quick to tell them how wrong they are, but I don’t think anybody wants to listen to someone doing that. We have to make them realize we’re not scary heathens first, which most of them honestly don’t get.

    On another note, what an eloquent linebacker! You might expect that level of speech from a politician but I’m impressed with Mr. Ayanbadejo’s rhetoric.

  • Newclarence

    Sorry Brendon, you had me until the capitalistic part.  I don’t think it says anything about that in the Constitution.

  • ImRike

    I am not a football fan, but I have a picture of Brendon Ayanbadejo (and one of Chris Kluwe) on my office wall!

  • Travelingstu

    Picky picky. 

  • mkbell

    I’m glad that this is only on Facebook.  I would hate it if a religious group did something similar “Sounds like a Christian to me,” for example.  It sounds like we are saying that we are the only people taking these positions, so if you support separation of church and state, for example, you sound like a humanist as opposed to if you support separation of church and state you sound like someone with whom we can make common cause.

  • Brian Magee

    Thanks for this, Hemant! We’re excited about this, too.

    If anyone runs across a humanistic quote from someone well-known, especially a surprising source, consider emailing it to us at

    Brian Magee
    AHA Communications Associate

  • Silentbob

    Not so much picky as wrong.

    The 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:

    No person shall… be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

    Capitalism in a nutshell.