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    No Google Doodle for Easter?

    Discussion in 'Debate Room' started by GingerCoffee, Apr 20, 2014.

    Interesting, I assume they have a no religious doodle issue, yet they do a Christmas doodle.

    I would have welcomed an egg or bunny theme. Perhaps they were damned if they do and damned if they don't if they had bunnies and eggs instead of Christ on a cross.
     
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    Who cares about Google? Yahoo! has an Easter egg in it's logo today. :D
     
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    I saw that. Their's aren't as fun, though I have started paying more attention to them. :)
     
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    This.

    I would have welcomed bunnies and eggs too!

    On a side note, bunnies, eggs, and the like do have religious/cultural motifs behind them, but ssssshhhhhhhhh............
     
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    It's hard to find any statement from Google about it but this was funny from last year when they put a Cesar Chavez doodle up instead of an Easter doodle:

    Search giant's decision to honour the labour leader over Jesus Christ is somehow Obama's fault, according to the internet

     
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    From the comments section of the Guardian article above:

     
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    "Just re-packaged racism and classism."

    How, exactly?
     
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    I believe that had to do with the Cesar Chavez doodle and it was a comment suggesting the racism was against whites and Obama is a classist. People are bizarre.
     
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    Well, then...........
    because there are no Christians of color? A good half of my church are people of some ethnicity other than white.
     
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    People are so strange and petty sometimes... just looking for something to be offended about... It is a shame, if you ask me. (I realize nobody did, jut thought I'd weigh in.)
     
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    Yes, some people definitely make a big deal out of everything. I recently met an atheist who was offended that the words "In God We Trust" are on money. Seriously? Get over it.

    As far as this issue is concerned, Google is under no obligation to change its homepage. It's completely their choice.
     
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    Of course they are under no obligation. I'm mostly curious as to the why.
     
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    You know, I have a Christian friend who was offended that the either Coke or Pepsi (idr which) created a can with the Pledge of Allegiance on it, but they had omitted "under God." He actually shared a petition on facebook to boycott the company until the printed the pledge the "right way."

    I mean really, these companies can't catch a break. Like Ginger said, it seems to be a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation because no matter what they do, one population or the other is going to take issue.

    So what the currency says "In God we trust"? So what a soda can printed the Pledge without "under God" (which wasn't even in the original version to begin with)... Your faith is not being tarnished by anyone else's difference of opinion...
     
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    Did your friend know they only added "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance in the 50s during the Red scare when atheism was believed to be synonymous with communism?
     
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    I told him that... he responded by asking me not to talk down on his religious beliefs... :confused:

    Edit to add: he's a history major now, so I suspect he should be more appreciative of certain facts sooner or later.
     
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    I think we need to consider these matters from the point of view of others. Suppose the pledge of allegiance included, "Under Vishnu" or the money bore the words "In Allah we trust"? I'm sure Christians would be the first to object. Having religion embodied in your system may seem good and wholesome but if it's not your religion it may then seem sinister and threatening, especially to those who have been victims of persecution or abuse.
     
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    if they did easter, then they'd be honor bound to do ramadan and yom kippur and samhaine, as well as every other religious holiday any group on the planet celebrates...

    since christmas is celebrated only as a gifting occasion by more folks than observe christ's supposed birthday, i guess they feel that's a safe one to keep...
     
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    Actually, I would be Ok with that. It's more of a cultural thing than anything else. If that offends you, you should think that you're lucky that you don't live in a place where they really do persecute people for religious reasons. It's such a silly thing to fuss over, in my opinion. I could fuss that there's not enough religion, but I don't. If I had less problems, maybe I would.
     
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    Those things don't offend me particularly, it's more the impression the give and the perception of the country that people may form because of them. If you're aiming for a multi-cultural, multi-faith society, referencing one religion officially would be counter productive.
     
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    And yet Google did the Hindu religious holiday doodle, Holi, last March.

    According to this 2008 Slate article on the same controversy it's not about equal treatment at all. Not that I understand what exactly it is about, religion does not appear to be the key. Perhaps pissing off the right wing is an inside joke at Google? :p

     
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    If Google is anything like Microsoft, they have a ton of Indian people working there. That might explain it.
     
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    And no Christians?
     
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    Google still changes its homepage during Christmas. It's not necessary to change the homepage for every single religious holiday out there.
     
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    Of course not, but Easter is a big holiday as holiday's go. You have to admit people who didn't notice until now, like me, likely expected some Google eggs like I did.
     
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