The idea that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is thinking of running for the presidency in 2020 seemed fanciful, until the last days of last year, when he posted a message on Facebook, of course) with written on it: “Merry Christmas and happy new Year from Priscilla, Max, the Beast and me”, referring to his wife, his daughter and his dog. A generic festive message from a ceo, you might think. But then a commenter reminded Zuckerberg, who had long identified as an atheist. What had changed? The response was immediate: “I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but I now believe that religion is very important.”
This statement, more than any of his proposed trip around all the 50 states, or his much-acclaimed visits to key, first-in-the-nation states as Iowa, has suggested that the tech wizard was watching the White House. For Zuckerberg has been tacitly recognizing one of the golden rules of politics in the UNITED states: Americans will not vote for an atheist for president.
That judgment was reinforced by a new study that shows that people all over the world are ready to think the worst of the atheists, believing that he who has not faith, are the most capable of the immoral behavior of those who have it.
The man behind the studio, Gervais of the University of Kentucky, told the Times he had been asked to do a research on the topic from the data that has suggested to US that the voters are less willing to elect an atheist than any other category of candidates, including gay or Muslim. Gervais said he suspects that voters believe that the belief in God essential for morality, and they consider atheists “moral wildcards” that the lack of moderation and are capable of anything, including the “kicking puppies, cheating at cards, light cannibalism”.
US politicians have long worked on this assumption. Testimony has leaked out of the Democratic party documents that showed allies of Hillary Clinton in 2016, considering a plan to paint Bernie Sanders as an atheist, believing that it could cost him the crucial percentage points in the God-fearing states like Kentucky and West Virginia. Sanders, who is Jewish, rushed to say that he was not an atheist.
This means that you do not openly not to believe a candidate has won the presidential nomination of a major party. Also the data whose personal morality has been notoriously suspect you were quick to affirm their affinity to God. The most striking example is the current incumbent in the White House. Despite leading a life dedicated to the worship of mammon, Donald Trump has been embraced by white evangelical voters, who have accepted his declarations of devotion and has seen as preferable to the church-going Clinton. It is suggested that, while Americans expect their politicians to profess faith in God, but hardly the question of consistency.