Indian Atheists Celebrate ‘Hug An Atheist Day’

Nirmukta, an organization promoting freethought in India, is celebratingHug an Atheist Day” today with all of the other atheist groups in the country:

“A lot of people still think atheists lack morals and have to be shunned or silenced. So we thought it would be a good idea to tell the world that we are humans like them and the only difference would be that we believe in science and not a supernatural being,” says Dolly Koshy, who is part of Nirmukta, an atheist group organising the event.

This is the first event of its kind in India, though Hug An Atheist Day has been loosely celebrated in the U.S. on the first Friday in June for the past four years.

Forget Christian Side Hugs. Atheist Front Hugs for everyone!

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  • Jasper

    I will not be participating. Maybe if they have a “Acknowledge Each other From a Distance Day”

  • GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    But is the cartoon hugger wearing a witch’s hat?

  • Space Cadet

    I’m a hugger, but only for family and close friends. If I don’t know you then personal space rules apply. So I’ll just wave to you from across the room.


  • Tainda

    Wow, you sound like me hahaha

    I’m definitely not a hugger. Unless you’re my daughter or granddaughter, a nod will do just fine.

  • Art_Vandelay

    the only difference would be that we believe in science and not a supernatural being


  • Jeff P

    Yeah, I personally wouldn’t say that I believe in science. I merely recognize that the scientific method is a better way to gain knowledge about the world than hearsay or what authority figures say.

  • Jeff P


  • Art_Vandelay

    Right…it’s like saying that you believe in Twinkies. It’s just a process by which we gain knowledge of the natural world. It doesn’t require belief…it just is.

  • Beth

    AND it’s National Doughnut day here…coincidence? :-)

  • Space Cadet

    I had no idea! Dammit, Doughnut Lobby, you’re doing a horrible job of spreading the good news.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    India has a tradition of atheism dating back thousands of years. See Karvaka.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Yes. Twinkies are a process by which we gain knowledge of the natural world.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Is there a God-shaped hole in your morning pastry?

  • Wren

    Well, they are how “I” do it, but I don’t presume to assign those values to others. You might believe in Ho Ho’s (shudder) for example.

  • Tak

    I am also in the friendly nodding camp. Germs.

  • Mairianna

    Too bad it wasn’t yesterday. I had a terrible day and could have used a good hug!

  • Art_Vandelay

    Yeah, that wasn’t my finest paragraph.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Thanks for taking it well. Now get to Krispy Kreme and have a free doughnut.

  • Space Cadet

    Chocolate frosted cake>yellow plain cake


  • Wren

    I’m not sure I have ever even SEEN heath, thankyouverymuch!

  • allein
  • allein

    Is that just a Krispy Kreme thing? Cuz there isn’t one around here :( I got lots of Dunkins, though.

  • meekinheritance

    I belated send you an e-hug. Not as good as the real thing, I know. :-/

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Dunkin Donuts will give you a free doughnut with purchase of beverage. Krispy Kreme will give you a doughnut for free, no strings attached. Consult your favourite search engine for more on National Doughnut Day promotions.

  • allein

    Hmm…not sure it’s worth going out in the rain for that. I think I’ll stick to my double chocolate Milanos and hot cocoa.

  • Mairianna

    Thanks! :)

  • Ragesh

    Its Charvaka. But superstition in India is deep routed. Its really hard to save people from these bullshits.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    I know what you mean. Hugging? This is not the Midwest I grew up in…

  • Ayush