Right-Wingers Got Very Upset with Google’s Doodle This Weekend

Google's Doodle becomes a flashpoint in the culture wars after the tech giant allegedly slights Easter. Except it didn't, but that's still not good enough.

Google’s doodle for March 31 honored India’s first doctor.

Only a couple days after Tucker Carlson brought Fabio onto his show to talk about what a hellhole California has become, some other elements trained their ire on one of their favorite Golden State targets: Google.

Tony Perkins of the evangelical scolds Family Research Council issued a blistering statement condemning the tech company because its Doodle for Sunday, April 1, was not related to Easter. (Apparently, in 2016, Easter fell on the same day as Cesar Chavez’s birthday, and Perkins has been lying in wait for two years, scorching denunciation in hand, for the search-engine giant to reveal its anti-Christian streak.)

“To users, who are used to Google’s rotating calendar of politically-correct ‘Doodles,’ the message was clear: if you’re searching for tolerance, you won’t find results here,” Perkins wrote, although whether he intended his song-song cadence to rhyme like that is unclear. Being a professional homophobe, he also went on to connect the company’s LGBT-inclusive and non-Islamophobic policies to the decline of everything.

In a statement, Google responded with its policy on the matter: “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.”

Google didn’t have a Doodle dedicated to Sunday, April 1, at all. March 31 commemorated the 153rd birthday of Anandi Gopal Joshi, India’s first female doctor, who died of tuberculosis at age 21. And Monday, April 2, was given over to Francisco Balagtas, a Filipino poet born on that date in 1798. As Perkins maybe doesn’t realize, Google often highlights things that many people might be unfamiliar with.

But they did honor Easter, two days before that lunar-derived pagan fertility rite secularized Christian holiday.

That’s still not enough, apparently. Sorry, Go-eggle.

What are you going to do? You could always use Bing, I guess. Their homepage was full of harmless purple marshmallow Peeps on Sunday, in honor of our Lord or something.

 

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