If Google wanted controversy, it found it last Sunday — Easter Sunday — when it chose to instead honor the birthday of the late left-leaning labor activist Cesar Chavez on their site’s front page.
The search engine giant last observed the celebration of Easter in a “Google Doodle” on its front page in 2000. Over 1,000 such doodles have been posted since 1998 that — as described on the Google web site — “reflect Google’s personality and love for innovation.”
While rival search engine Bing featured an Easter-themed front page this year, Google went with a portrait of Chavez because it would have been his 86th birthday that day. Chavez is certainly a controversial pick on a day when most would have figured Google had an easy topic for its doodle.
In 2007 testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, Project 21 member Joe Hicks noted that Chavez “did or said little to reign in the violence, which may explain why it’s difficult to find farm workers who have anything good to say about him” or the United Farm Workers labor union he headed.
Project 21 member Council Nedd, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Missionary Church, says that Google’s decision to once again forgo honoring the Prince of Peace in favor of a man with an ambiguous record of non-violence is appalling and an indicator of a larger campaign against faith in America:
In light of what appears to be an all-out attack on people of faith, I would like the executives at Google to explain why — on Easter Sunday, the day of Christ’s resurrection — they decided to instead honor socialist icon Caesar Chavez.
Is Google so confident in the strength of their web browser that they are willing to offend people of faith? I now will much prefer to receive the points from Bing Rewards in the future rather than dealing with a company that clearly seems to have gone out of its way to be offensive to Christians on the most important day on the Christian calendar.
While I do not believe there is a monolithic atheist movement to attack the Christian faith, I do believe that Google hopped on the bandwagon of the atheists bullies and joined in on the assault on followers of Jesus Christ.