Sunday, as you know, was Easter. Easter is, currently, the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Despite the fact that Christian scholars don’t agree on what time of year this actually happened, we celebrate Easter in Spring.
You’re wondering why I said Easter is “currently” the celebration of the resurrection of Christ.
As it turns out, Easter wasn’t always the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. In fact, most of the Easter traditions today (dying eggs, egg hunts, “Easter grass”, and even the resurrection itself) are based on decidedly Pagan traditions, and a Pagan holiday meant to celebrate Spring and the renewal of life. The Pagan celebration is known as Ostara, after the goddess, and is spelled Ēastre in Western Saxon English.
But I didn’t come here to debate whether or not the Christian founders are big, fat copycats. I am staunchly agnostic (I once referred to myself as an Atheist Pagan, but these days, I’m not so sure), and I’ve got no beef with Christians. Besides, who knows which came first, ya know?
No, I came here to talk about the overwhelmingly un-Christian reaction to Sunday’s Google Doodle.
In case you missed it, Sunday’s Google Doodle honored Cesar Chavez, and not Jesus Christ.
Why is Jesus not on google but Cesar Chavez and his 86th birthday is ???
— MFrat92 (@MFrat1992) March 31, 2013
Or even an Easter Egg.
— Morgan Canty (@CantyMorgan) March 31, 2013
Cesar Chavez was a civil rights activist who co-founded the United Farm Workers Union, originally known as the National Farm Workers Association. One could argue that Chavez isn’t the best person for a (perceived) liberal company to honor. It’s said that Chavez was staunchly against illegal immigration because he lead protests against strikebreaking by undocumented migrants. However, Chavez and his allies maintained they were anti-strikebreaking, not anti-immigration.
— Andrea Silver (@andilinks) April 1, 2013
Please explain to me why President Obama, who is a Christian, would be in cahoots with Google to “insult Christianity”? I’m sure they’re referring to President Obama declaring March 31 Cesar Chavez day…back in 2011. So I guess by their logic this means that Obama made his declaration in 2011 knowing full well that Easter would fall on March 31 in 2013, when he might not have been in office, and…what? Paid Google to dedicate their doodle to Chavez to top off his maniacal plot to dis Jesus?
Does that really make sense to you? What would be the point? Or are we still pretending we think President Obama is Muslim and is secretly plotting to hand the US over to Muslim terrorists?
Looks like Google thinks 2.2 billion people are celebrating Caesar Chavez today.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) March 31, 2013
It’s true that America’s religions are dominated by Christianity. The sum of all the non-Christian religions, including Atheism and Agnosticism, doesn’t come close to the number of self-proclaimed practicing Christians in these united states.
- 173.4 million adults are practicing Christians (though I still argue that, judging by their actions, at least half are full of shit).
- 879,600 adults are practicing members of non-Christian religions like Buddhism, Islam, Paganism, etc.
- 34.2 million adults do not believe in any god.
- 11.8 million adults aren’t sure.
But when one looks at the world’s population, Christianity is the minority.
- 4.8 billion people are non-Christian, Atheist or Agnostic, with Islam being both the largest non-Christian religion and the fastest growing.
- 2.2 billion people are practicing Christians.
Some things to consider:
- Though it’s based in America, Google is an international, multicultural corporation. This means that even though they came up in the US, their customer base can be found all over the world.
- Businesses have the right to freedom of expression and religion, just like people. Even if that means thumbing their nose at Jesus.
- Google’s users are not only Christian. They’re also Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Pagan, Wiccan…the list goes on and on.
- 4.8 billion is more than 2.2 billion. No matter which way you slice it, if we’re using the typically American way of classifying religion (Christians v. non-Christians), Christians are the minority worldwide. While no one religion has more followers than Christianity (though Islam is steadily catching up), the fact remains that, over all, this world is not predominately Christian.
- Google almost never does doodles for religious holidays, and more recently, has stopped representing religious holidays altogether. Personally, I think this was the best course of action. You can’t please all of the people all of the time. This leaves two options: do all the religious holidays, some how splitting days that coincide, or do none of the religious holidays.
- “But Google does Christmas!” No, Google does winter scenes with gifts in them on Christmas. In 2012, they called it their “holiday series” and they posted two different ones on the 24th and the 25th of December. Christmas is not the only gift-giving winter holiday. Nor is it the only one celebrated on the 25th. And for that matter, many Atheists and Agnostics celebrate Christmas despite having no faith whatsoever in the reason for the season. Melen and I do.
- No company in their right mind would only cater to a third of their customer base while ignoring the other two-thirds. That’s just bad business.
On the upside, the Christian Conservatives who take issue with Google’s “dis” are taking their business elsewhere.
Google is celebrating Easter with Cesar Chavez. I’m celebrating Easter with Bing.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 31, 2013
Thank God. Maybe now Google can stop hiding adult content.