Sunday, June 19, 2011

Is it time to boycott Google?

And the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD will drive you. And there you will serve gods of wood and stone, the work of men's hands, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice, for the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not fail you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers which he swore to them.
Deuteronomy 4:27-31
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"I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father." His disciples said, "Ah, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure! Now we know that you know all things, and need none to question you; by this we believe that you came from God." Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
 – John 16:28-33

Is Google too PC? Is it time to move my blog to WordPress?

The reason I ask is because I just noticed some strange and disturbing behavior on the part of the Google search engine. If you type in a search for "marriage equality" or "lgbt" or "gay marriage", you get a special search result that features the colors of the flag of the lgbt movement.






I thought that if I typed in USA, I might get a similar display featuring the colors of the American flag. But Google doesn't seem to swing that way.



It's also strange that the user is not "rewarded" with the special lgbt colors for a search of "homosexual marriage". I guess that is not considered PC enough by the Google elite.



As a corporation, Google is free to do whatever it wants within the law. Google is known for extending benefits to homosexual partners. It is also known for having supported Obama in the presidential election. Here's a list of the top 10 contributors to the Obama presidential campaign in 2008.


I have admired Google in the past for taking an independent path with regards to technology. That was a key factor in my choosing Blogger/Blogspot, which is owned by Google, as the location of my blog.

But I don't think it is proper to taint Google search results with a pro lgbt symbol. I rely heavily on Google as a search engine. And I rely on Google's results being politically neutral. It would be all too easy for Google to tamper with search results in order to favor one company or one ideology. I'm not saying that Google is doing this or plans to do this. But I think that Google is sending a dangerous message by in effect "endorsing" the lgbt movement within its search results.

Try it yourself. What do you think? Is this a desirable "feature"? Has Google crossed the line? Is it time for Christians opposed to "homosexual marriage" to boycott Google?

It is time to stop serving the "gods of wood and stone", or in this case the gods of silicone and plastic. The LORD reveals to us through scripture what we truly should be searching for: "search after him with all your heart and with all your soul." And He makes us a promise: "you will find him"! These are the times of tribulation.

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Epilogue

As I was doing some further research for this article I came upon more relevant information:
  • Google Raises Eyebrows With New Gay-Only Employee Benefit (July 01, 2010) – A new Google policy is raising some eyebrows after the company revealed it will be compensating employees for taxes paid on domestic partners' health benefits – but only if they’re gay.
  • Our [Google's] position on California's No on 8 campaign (9/26/2008) – ... we do not generally take a position on issues outside of our field, especially not social issues. So when Proposition 8 appeared on the California ballot, it was an unlikely question for Google to take an official company position on.... While we respect the strongly-held beliefs that people have on both sides of this argument, we see this fundamentally as an issue of equality. We hope that California voters will vote no on Proposition 8 -- we should not eliminate anyone's fundamental rights, whatever their sexuality, to marry the person they love.

Google as a corporation has clearly chosen sides and is taking an activist role in support of the homosexual agenda. I don't see how this can be fair to Google employees that do not agree with the corporation on these issues, and in particular I'm thinking of Christians. Or is there a sign out in front of Google headquarters, "Christians need not apply here"?

Also, I'm old enough to remember the Rainbow Coalition. This was an outgrowth of the civl rights movement. Back then the rainbow represented the equality of all persons regardless of race or color. It seems to me that the "homosexual rights" movement has hijacked this symbol. This is another example of the homosexual movement attempting to piggyback on the success of the civil rights movement. The civil rights movement was above all a Christian based movement that got its strength from the moral character of its cause. The homosexual movement attempts to make analogies with the civil rights movement by saying that they are fighting for "equal rights". But the case of "homosexual marriage" is not one of "equal rights" but simply a case of attempting to redefine an institution that has been a cornerstone of civilization for thousands of years. There is no moral justification for this. And those leading this cause are well aware that this will destabilize American society, and in particular the Christian foundations of American society.

The "right" to "homosexual marriage" has no historic precedent. It is a totally fabricated "right". If the homosexual community wants to argue that there should be laws that give longterm homosexual partners limited legal privileges (but not the same as a married couple) based on the nature of their relationship, then at least this could lead to a rational discussion. But to obfuscate the issue by referring to some non-existent fundamental "rights" that are peculiar to homosexuals is demagoguery. And then to speak of "marriage equality" for homosexuals is just to up the ante.
Demagoguery (from Wikipedia)

A strategy for gaining political power by appealing to the prejudices, emotions, fears, vanities and expectations of the public—typically via impassioned rhetoric and propaganda.

20th-century American social critic and humorist H. L. Mencken, defined a demagogue as "one who will preach doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots."

Though this definition emphasizes the use of lying and falsehoods, skilled demagogues often need to use only special emphasis by which an uncritical listener will be led to draw the desired conclusion themselves. Moreover, a demagogue may well believe his or her own arguments (for example, there are good reasons to assume that Adolf Hitler—certainly one of the most successful demagogues in history—sincerely believed his own anti-Jewish diatribes).
"In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
 – John 16:33

3 comments:

  1. I added two biblical quotes at the beginning of this article. One is from Deuteronomy where the LORD is speaking to Moses and the other is from John where Jesus is speaking to his disciples. I found the first one by searching the Old Testament for "search". And I found the second one by searching the New Testament for "peace". I was trying to find a Biblical quote that I could add to this article. I decided to add both.

    The strange thing is that I noticed the word "tribulation" was common to both quotes. Then I looked more closely and saw more similarities. They both describe people that are scattered. The number of believers are few. They suffer tribulations. But our merciful LORD assures us that He will triumph over the world.

    These are the times of tribulation. We are few and scattered. We are lost and worshipping the artificial gods of technology which "neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell". The LORD our God is calling us and promises us that "you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul". He sent His Son to honor the covenant which He made with our spiritual father Abraham. He is One with the Father. And as we are reminded today on Holy Trinity Sunday, the Holy Spirit is also One with the Father and the Son.

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  2. Guided by scripture and the Holy Spirit I have edited the paragraph that said:

    >>> Is it time to stop serving the "gods of wood and stone" or in this case the gods of copper and plastic? These are the times of tribulation. <<<

    It now says:

    >>> It is time to stop serving the "gods of wood and stone", or in this case the gods of silicone and plastic. The LORD reveals to us through scripture what we truly should be searching for: "search after him with all your heart and with all your soul." And He makes us a promise: "you will find him"! These are the times of tribulation. <<<

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  3. I'm not the only one noticing the lgbt flag on certain google searches. PC Magazine has an article about it:
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2387297,00.asp

    Apparently this is being done by Google in support of "LGBT month". I'll be waiting to see if the American flag colors are displayed in the same way during the month of July in honor of the Declaration of Independence and the 4th of July.

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