Religion

Franklin Graham Slams Secularism On Atheist-Founded Site

| by Michael Allen

Evangelist Franklin Graham attacked "godless secularism" on Facebook, a social media site founded by an atheist, on Oct. 23.

Graham wrote on Facebook:

With the election drawing closer, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump are trying to spend as much time as possible focusing on the so-called battleground states. These states’ electoral votes are critical as to which way the election could swing.

But as Christians we realize there’s another battle going on—it’s a battle for the soul of our nation, and it has been going on for years with increasing intensity. The forces of godless secularism want to remove the name of God and His Son Jesus Christ from the public realm.

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The Atlantic reported in August that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was raised Jewish, but is an atheist. Zuckerberg reportedly admires Buddhism -- his wife, Priscilla Chan, is a Buddhist.

In October 2015, Zuckerberg posted a photo on Facebook that showed him praying at a famous Buddhist site in China; he included this caption:

I had the opportunity to visit Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an and offer a prayer for peace and health for the world and for my family. Priscilla is Buddhist and asked me to offer a prayer from her as well.

Buddhism is an amazing religion and philosophy, and I have been learning more about it over time. I hope to continue understanding the faith more deeply.

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Zuckerberg and Chan met with Pope Francis in August and spoke about "how to use communications technology to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and to communicate a message of hope, especially to the most disadvantaged," the Vatican said in a statement.

The Atlantic noted that the Pope slammed the mixing of technology and corporations in 2015:

Technology, which, linked to business interests, is presented as the only way of solving ... problems, in fact proves incapable of seeing the mysterious network of relations between things and so sometimes solves one problem only to create others.

Sources: Franklin Graham/Facebook, The Atlantic, Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook / Photo credit: Cornstalker/Wikimedia Commons

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