Once Again, Google Slaps Christians in the Face

  • 04/03/2018 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Kevin Boyd
Once Again, Google Slaps Christians in the Face
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For the 18th year in a row, Google did not feature a doodle to honor Easter. This perceived slight has led Christians and others to accuse the tech giant of "whitewashing Christianity."

The last time Google had a doodle to celebrate Easter was in 2000. The doodle replaced the "o"s in Google with candy eggs.

Google’s decision brought controversy on Twitter. Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson tweeted "So Google has a doodle for every obscure 'woke' person/event imaginable, but nothing for Easter? #EasterSunday."
 
According to Fox News, Google did find a way to commemorate a holiday on April 1st. They inserted a "Where's Waldo" game in Google Maps to celebrate April Fool’s Day.

Sunday was not the first time Google received backlash for not commemorating a Christian holiday. Back in 2011, a poster by the name of “TimTraffic” criticized Google for not honoring the resurrection of Jesus Christ. "I am taken aback that there was no Easter Doodle today. Easter is a major Christian celebration that does not take any review of a committee to see if there is a reason to include. This appears that Google is anti-Christian leaning. What happened to "open consideration" of differing views? I am working in a Muslim country, and people here have no qualms about saying "Happy Easter" or "Merry Christmas." I am disappointed you chose to omit it," he concluded.

A Google employee replied, "Thank you, everyone, for your feedback. We enjoy celebrating holidays at Google but, as you may imagine, it can be difficult for us to choose which events to highlight on our site each year. Sometimes for a given date, we feature a historical event or influential figure that we haven't yet highlighted in the past.”

Google told Fox News on Sunday when asked, "We don’t have Doodles for religious holidays, in line with our current Doodle guidelines. Doodles may appear for some non-religious celebrations that have grown out of religious holidays, such as Valentine's Day, Holi’s Festival of Colors, Tu B’Av and the December holiday period, but we don’t include religious imagery or symbolism as part of these."

However, according to Fox News, Google does do doodles for some religious holidays. Among those holidays are St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

In December, National Religious Broadcasters accused Google and other tech companies of censoring Christian speech online. Earlier this year, a man claimed that his Google Home didn’t know who Jesus Christ was, but could tell him all about Muhammad and Buddha.
 Source: AAN
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