After years of speculation about his religious views, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has denied being an atheist, contradicting speculations about his belief that there is no God.
Mark Zuckerberg made a post on his Facebook wall, wishing people a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. However, when someone asked a question in the comment section, “but aren’t you atheist?”
Zuckerberg was swift with his reply, answering the question barely minutes after it was posted.
“No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”
As of Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg’s response to the comment has elicited well over 4,500 likes, while the main ‘Happy Christmas and Happy Hanukkah’ message has well over 376,000 likes, 25,000 comments, as well as 5,942 shares.
Months ago, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla met with Pope Francis in the Vatican City, a meeting which, according to Zuckerberg’s Facebook wall, he had talks with the Pope about renewing efforts to finding easier ways to help the poor people of the world to connect to the internet, especially to Facebook.
“We told him how much we admire his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he’s found new ways to communicate with people of every faith around the world.
“We gave him a model of Aquila, our solar-powered aircraft that will beam internet connectivity to places that don’t have it. And we shared our work with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help people around the world.”
This is not the first time that a notable public figure is being labelled atheist. Bernie Sanders, US Senator and former Democratic Party presidential hopeful was also once speculated to have been atheist. He publicly denied it eventually.
Speaking in response to leaked DNC emails with claims that he was atheist, he said in July:
“First of all, I am not atheist…”
But even if Zuckerberg was atheist, does that negate the positive change he had brought about in the world?
Just a thought.