Chavez doodleI was too busy hosting brunch and raiding my kids' Easter baskets to notice what yesterday's Google doodle was, but apparently it was INCREDIBLY controversial. The anti-religious leftists in Mountain View had the gall to not only choose a doodle that had nothing to do with colorful eggs, chocolate bunnies, or Jesus H. Christ himself -- they honored a big old lefty instead by celebrating would have been the 86th birthday of Latino civil rights leader Cesar Chávez.

Clearly this was a political statement from those sneaky liberals. Why else celebrate the lesser-known birthday of a progressive icon when they could be reminding us all that it was EASTER?

Unless … unless they're a non-religious organization that isn't held to a Christian agenda and they're known for focusing on historical events that educate, rather than consistently pointing out something that everyone's already aware of?

Well, either way, plenty of folks were pissed at Google yesterday, blasting the "atheist" company for snubbing Jesus. Fox News pointed an accusatory finger at the lack of past Jesus-themed doodles:

Google defended the decision by saying it reserves the spot for historical figures and events, but a review of its past doodles shows it has never honored Jesus on Christmas or Easter, despite his historical and spiritual significance to billions around the world. (…) A search of Google's past doodles for phrases like "Jesus" produced zero results.

It's not clear why this is the year that Google suddenly became the bad guy for not showing eggs/Easter bunnies/Jesus, since they've only featured an Easter-themed doodle once before -- but it's possible that more than a few of the offended parties had Cesar Chávez confused with former President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez. Here's a sample tweet:

Google can't celebrate Easter but can celebrate a dictator's birthday?! #political #agenda

Heh. More like #history #URdoingitwrong.

A Google spokesperson responded to the controversy, saying,

We enjoy celebrating holidays at Google but, as you may imagine, it's difficult for us to choose which events to highlight on our site. Sometimes for a given date, we feature an historical event or influential figure that we haven't in the past.

Personally, I think it's nuts that people got bent out of shape about yesterday's doodle. Google has long been known for their originality when picking doodle topics, and they're under no obligation to honor any event in a partiular way as a religious public service. As they say:

Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

In other words: if you want Jesus, invoke Him yourself. Don't get pissed at a search engine for not marking a holiday the way you prefer. (Crazy unbelievable jaw-dropping fact: not everyone celebrates Easter.)

What do you think about the Google doodle backlash? Do you think they should have honored Easter in some way?

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