Today is a "Hug an Atheist Day," according to Lodi atheist Sarah Tygert. The day was initiated four years ago by a man named William Bermudez, who encourages everyone to find an atheist, agnostic, Zen Buddhist or anyone else who questions the existence of a god, and then give that person a hug.
"Lodi may be a small community, but many atheists call it their home," Tygert said in an email. "You may know one, or a few (statistically, one in 10 identify as a non-believer) and not even realize how they often feel."
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