Choosing Chavez over Christianity? Google shows its true colors - mud

It's not because this is his 86th birthday. Cesar Chavez's picture greets Google visitors because this is Easter Sunday. Photo: Google homescreen fair use

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2013 — Pushing the limits of political correctness, Google has shown its true colors once again.  And they are not the hues of spring, colored eggs, or religious iconary; they are the muted, difficult-to-see hues of mud. 

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Today is Easter Sunday. For Christians, or which there are over 2.18 billion worldwide in 2012, it isn’t anything else. That would mean that the resurrection of Christ is a big deal to nearly a third of the global population. 

March 31 is also the 86thbirthday of Cesar Chavez, who, Google seems to think, is more important. It is Chavez they honor with their Google banner. Chavez, a community organizer, or (some say) agitator.

Google may have had reason for choosing Chavez, who co-founded the United Farm Workers union (UFW), becoming an iconic figure in the labor movement.

In a 2011 statement, President Obama proclaimed March 31 “Cesar Chavez Day,” saying “I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor Cesar Chavez’s enduring legacy.”

But one has to ask if Google is pushing the limits of political correctness, that religion-hating living room of those who are often so very holier-than … well, than everybody.

It’s a clear choice for Google; their powers-that-be could have chosen something uplifting, but they chose a “community organizer.”

If they feared the atheist backlash and eschewed a Resurrection theme, they could have used a secularized theme and put up cute little chicks, or a bunny that lays eggs. (Whaaa?)

But they preferred to deliberately slap American Christians in the face, by featuring a man who is irrelevant to the date. It wasn’t because it was Chavez’s birthday. There are a lot of birthdays that are more-celebrated than an 86th.

And though Chavez Day was proclaimed in 2011, a search of Google doodles for 2011 and 2012 does not turn up a Chavez doodle on march 31st. So did Google evade, perhaps show disdain for, in as obvious a way as possible, a celebration important to more than two-billion of the world’s people?

There are plenty of ways to elevate rabble rousers, community organizers who used their peers to gain fame for themselves. Slapping Christianity in the face is not one of the better ones. Has Google finally sunk to the level of a Nobel committee?


Read more of Tim Kern’s Talking Sense on where politics and religion merge

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Tim Kern

Tim Kern taught economics for fifteen years, and discovered that understanding life is easy; it’s recognizing reality that takes practice. He holds a music degree, and later earned an MBA in finance from Northwestern University. He has lived across the US, and now makes his home in Anderson, Indiana.

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