Mark Zuckerberg says he's not an atheist anymore

Checkmate, atheists! The king of the Internet has found religion.

Zuckerberg, whose Facebook profile once identified him as an atheist, revealed his change of heart on his social media network after he wished everyone on Dec. 25 a “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah” from “Priscilla, Max, Beast and me,” referring to his wife, daughter and dog. When a commenter asked him, “Aren’t you an atheist?” he responded: “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”

Zuckerberg aside, Silicon Valley's values will evolve in the immediate future. Monospace-L libertarianism is nothing if not adaptable to circumstances.

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  1. If there is one thing Zuckerberg is not, it is stupid. The cynic in me is forced to wonder if this new found faith is a reflection of the current swing to the Right in the States with the attendant increased influence of the religious.

  2. While it's always sad to see people embracing ontologies that aren't true and run counter to all evidence, Zuckerberg is one turd whose loss to reality isn't any great tragedy.

    Now watch the Alt-Right anti-Semites excoriate him over the Happy Hanukkah.

  3. deedub says:

    I think it's a reflection that he sees that Facebook is devolving into a place for middle-aged middle America to echo fake right-wing news at each other. He's trying to align with his core constituency.

  4. Prosperity Theology is just a capitalist Judeo-Christian interpretation of the Mandate of Heaven.

    It's easier to imagine one has been blessed by the Big Man in the Sky when one's entire world is surrounded by the supplication of others.

  5. Atheists can celebrate Christmas and wish people a Merry Christmas. I see no contradiction in that. Christmas is largely a secular holiday these days, just like Halloween and Thanksgiving. Of course, it's possible to celebrate in a religious way, but that's not what the majority of the Western world does any more.

    EDIT: I do realize that Mr. Zuckerberg is saying that he is no longer atheist. I am only annoyed by the comment he is responding to that implies that atheists can't celebrate Christmas or wish people a merry one.

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