Google Celebrates Easter Sunday with a Doodle of Cesar Chavez… and It’s Not a Big Deal

It’s Easter and Google is celebrating by having a front page doodle of… labor leader Cesar Chavez who would have celebrated his 86th birthday today:

Of course, the right wing mouthpieces are flipping out and tweeting up a storm


Google’s decision left a bad impression on many Christians across the country — marking the holiest day on the Christian calendar.

“Their recognition of Chavez on Easter day is a clear slap at Christianity,” one reader wrote at ToddStarnes.com. “I’ll be using a different search engine from now on.”

“Google has never done anything to commemorate Easter,” another reader wrote. “In years past they have just ignored the day all together. It is a reflection of their secular philosophy.”

YEAH! Google has NEVER done anything to celebrate Easter!

Except in 2000:

But don’t remind the conspiratorial Christian Google-haters of that. You’ll offend their sensitive sensibilities.

It turns out that the world doesn’t revolve around Christians and that there are other things to celebrate on whatever day Easter Sunday falls upon. Google likes to diversify its doodles so they celebrate different things every year. (Even on days that hold a special significance to you.)

I know. This is shocking news to everyone. And yet notable people have been born on Christian holidays. Amazing.

And, of course, Bing (which is apparently another search engine some people use…) is all over this with eggs galore on their homepage:

There’s no conspiracy. Google’s not anti-Christian. They’re pro-everyone. (But wait until FOX News realizes Google says “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas…)

(Thanks to Edward for the link!)

***Update***: I love this response :)




About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • TSeeker

    All the ‘haters’? Where? There’s one link to a FOX story in which the person notices that Google chose to emphasize Chavez’s 82nd birthday. Why his 82nd? I don’t know. No big deal really. And so far, this is the first mention I’ve heard. One link to a FOX news story, and one tweet in which at least a fair number of responses are mocking those who are outraged proves…what? That Mr. Mehta is ironically engaging in the same ‘Oh NO! Group B is all out to get everyone! They’re tunneling under our homes!’ as the very ones he is mocking? The bitter irony of today’s atheist crowd: mirroring all the things that religious believers are accused of doing, and sometimes not as often as the atheists making the accusation. Sigh.

    I’ve come to realize that the current wave of atheism is what it is: a reflection of the worst that religion has ever offered, mixed with an arrogance and ignorance that together demonstrate less a quest for reason and rational discovery, and more a religious alternative that lacks any of religion’s best qualities, and bathes instead in the filth of hatred, bigotry, and idiocy mixed with unjustified feelings of superiority. I’ll come back when I’ve found atheists willing to avoid the negative stereotypes that unbelievers must endure, rather than move mountains to personify them.

    • http://twitter.com/cjjc0 C.J

      I’m pretty sure the point here was that it’s weird for Christians to be up in arms about Google’s non-celebration of Easter when (a) sometimes there are other things to celebrate on the day of Easter and (b) Google has celebrated Easter before – and that not celebrating Easter does not make Google anti-Christian.

      Yes, there are many examples of over-zealous modern atheists, but this blog is not one of them.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

        what’s really sad is that

        -his nation is very likely majority christian with a large catholic population. i’m sure they’d be pleased and aware of the rather obvious compliment implied here. “on this day of christian love and reflection, we honor a man who had many similarities to the christ mythology/stories. he worked tirelessly for the poor. he was embattled with the powerful, to great personal cost. he was ostracized and outcast by many, and misrepresented by hypocrites greedy to hurt his people.”

        and

        -does it never occur to these idiots that billions around the world use google, and not just a bunch of whiny superhypersensitive american right wing attention whores? or that Chavez has more in common with “jesus” than almost anyone on the american right, point for point?

        they only have one concern: a liberal, brown, not-american english speaking man who stood up to the american right is getting positive attention.

        • ted

          You ignoramaus. Cesar Chavez was a third generation American who spoke perfect English and who served in the US military. God, you dumb shit. You’re the perfect ignoramus for social media manipulation–a blank slate to be written upon as they wish, to be led around in ignorance, just as Orwell predicted.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-W-Busch/578120211 Michael W Busch

            You are massively over-reacting to one person on the internet not checking Wikipedia on one ocassion.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

            thank you for the kind, christian words on this holiday of love. how christian of you!

            what matters, ted, is that millions of people around the world, including many of the poor in his home country, don’t speak english as a first language. i pray you can find it in your heart to forgive yourself for so utterly missing my point.

            the american right is pathetically afraid of having to learn any other language, even as they expect anyone (everywhere apparently, cause “google is murkin and english is the language of the buybull!) and everyone else in the world to learn english.

      • ted

        They don’t need to “celebrate” Easter. I’m not Jewish, but I wish my Jewish friends peace at Passover. Same with the only two Muslims families I know well.

        There was no acknowledgement of Easter. You know….acknowledgement…the gracious act that others offer you and yours on days that are important to them. Birthdays, wedding, anniversaries, deaths, holidays that you might be of great import to you but not to them except that they care about YOU????????

        An acknowledgement? How simple would that be? How gracious?

        You guys need some humility. Some humanity.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-W-Busch/578120211 Michael W Busch

          Google is not obligated to acknowledge everyone for everything at every time, and doing so would clutter up the front page until it was unusable.

        • Baby_Raptor

          Humility and humanity are not based on what words you choose to say. And you’re one to be talking about saying nice words after that rant you just let loose on Chicago Dyke up there, you hypocrite.

        • 3lemenope

          The thing about graciousness is that it is supererogatory. You are acting as though failing to do a supererogatory act entitles you to complain about the absence, and that’s just plain silly. That’s like complaining that a person didn’t let you cut them in line because you’re carrying more than them.

        • Marco Conti

          Imagine if Google had to celebrate every religious holiday on the planet. I suspect that’s the actual reason why they didn’t put a bunny in their logo yesterday. The Hindu holidays alone would require their art department to work overtime all year. And there is almost a billion of Hindus around.

          Google mentioned Easter only once since its inception (google’s of course, not easter). The rest of the time they haven’t.
          However, they have a tradition of displaying less famous events in their logo. Which is something I would expect of a company whose business is information.

          But what is absolutely mind boggling to me is that if they placed any of the pagan symbols we commonly associate with Easter in their logo, ignoramuses like you would not have wasted a single second thinking about it.

        • Marco Conti

          Imagine if Google had to celebrate every religious holiday on the planet. I suspect that’s the actual reason why they didn’t put a bunny in their logo yesterday. The Hindu holidays alone would require their art department to work overtime all year. And there is almost a billion of Hindus around.

          Google mentioned Easter only once since its inception (google’s of course, not easter). The rest of the time they haven’t.
          However, they have a tradition of displaying less famous events in their logo. Which is something I would expect of a company whose business is information.

          But what is absolutely mind boggling to me is that if they placed any of the pagan symbols we commonly associate with Easter in their logo, ignoramuses like you would not have wasted a single second thinking about it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=569655551 Dan Davis

        What do you mean by “over-zealous modern atheists”. Did they dare speak their minds in public, heavens no! Get over your feeling of untouchability because you don’t take criticism well, they’re just words after all. If you are truly upset, then you may want to do some contemplation to understand why you believe what you do, I think you may have some insecurity and are lashing out at my men Dawkins and Hitchens. BTW, have you ever read any of his (RD) books? I suggest the Blind Watchmaker or The Greatest Show on Earth. I would suggest the god delusion but I don’t think you can handle it, it “talks” to you like a reasonable adult.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      Did you read the tweets? There are many…

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      Did you read the tweets? There are many…

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

        no, this one has a very bad reading comprehension problem and loves to ramble on more than even i do, but with more strawmen. don’t take it too seriously just cause it can spell better than most of them.

      • kevin white

        Yeah, i don’t even respond to TSeeker’s posts. Gives me what would be heartburn if i still had a heart. :P

    • WallofSleep

      Just wait, it’s early still. By the end of the day the entire wingnut blogosphere will be pissing their panties over this outrageous outrage.

      • WallofSleep

        Beck’s “The Blaze” is on this as well. These goobers can’t even celebrate their favorite holidays without their daily dose of Two Minutes Hate.

        • allein

          Google did not immediately return a request for comment from TheBlaze Sunday morning about the decision to pick Chavez over Easter for its logo.

          Good for them.

          • baal

            and we’re the ones over the top on 10 commandments on courthouses?

            I’m sure we’d make fun of BING if it went 100% christian iconography all the time but we’d not sue it as a violation of the establishment clause.

          • allein

            Also, I need to stop reading Blaze comments but I think some of these people think they are honoring Hugo Chavez……

    • onamission5

      Okay now go tell all your friend how you braved the meanie atheists by defending bunnies for jesus.

    • Jason Loveless

      “The current wave of atheism.” This one. With Dawkins and Hitchens and Myers. Reflects “the worst that religion has ever offered [emph. mine].”

      For. Fuck. Sake.

      • Randomfactor

        Yeah, we’ve got to lay off on the burning-at-the-stake and child-diddling for a while, I guess.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=569655551 Dan Davis

        Indeed. Can’t wait to pour molten lead down some dudes throat. Atheist inquisition anyone?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=569655551 Dan Davis

      You mistake confidence born of reason and research for arrogance, and impatience and frustration for the world to wake up from its religious delusions for “hatred, bigotry, and idiocy mixed with unjustified feelings of superiority”. Views of the world based on science, rather than religious conjecture and reading goat entrails are superior, I’m sorry but that’s just the way it is. Think about this next time you fall ill and need an antibiotic, or need to fly in a plane, or drive a car, or watch TV; none of these are the products of prayer. If the religious were’t so hell bent on making me follow whatever crazy rule they have by influencing lawmakers, or trying to make me a second class citizen by refusing me the right to run for public office, or placing their religious symbols all over the currencey and public buildings, I wouldn’t give a rats ass what they did or believed, so perhaps hate isn’t too far off about how I feel when I consider how my governemtn treats me or when I see global issues clouded by bronze-age reasoning. I can only guess how pissed I would be if I were female.

      • pitbullgirl1965

        Considering how hard the Republican Reich Wing is making it for women to obtain birth control, seek an abortion, and how pro rape they are, I think you’d be in a constant state of rage.

  • C Peterson

    Last I checked, there’s actual evidence that Chavez existed.

    • Pepe

      I thought we had conclusive proof that the Easter Bunny existed too. No?

      • C Peterson

        At least as good as the evidence for Jesus.

        • Mark W.

          Better, I used to have a rabbit, we called him Peter, PROVEN!!!

          o/

    • Randay

      I regret that Google didn’t use the other “O” to also have a picture of Hugo Chavez who also actually existed.

      “the holiest day on the Christian calender”, which changes each year from between March 22 to April 25.

  • WallofSleep

    They’re all over this one at Breitbart’s site. Oh, whatever would I do without such valiant, stalwart culture warriors informing me on what I should be outraged over.

    Heh, how the wingnut blogosphere has managed to sustain such a hate-on all these years I’ll never know. There must be some kind of “rage viagra” they’re taking.

    • SeekerLancer

      If they spent even a fraction of that amount of energy on human empathy and basic understanding of other people we’d have probably solved hunger and have world peace by now.

  • Edmond

    Because painted chicken eggs are totally in honor of Jesus Christ. Or something.

    • WallofSleep

      Nearly every single “judeo-christian” holiday tradition we observe in this country is cribbed straight from pagan practices and rituals. The irony burns.

  • José Reyes

    Did Google change the Doodle? All I’m getting is the plain Google logo.

    • kevin white

      dump your cache and then F5 to reload. If you’re on Firefox, it’s on the options dropdown menu, i think. If you’re on Chrome, can’t help ya. Don’t know where it is on chrome.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-W-Busch/578120211 Michael W Busch

      Sometimes it also depends on what region you’re accessing Google from. The Google Doodle museum lists which doodles were shown in which regions.

  • Timmah

    At least this might take heat off the irony that the Walking Dead season finale is tonight…

    • kevin white

      I know, right? Doctor Who’s Spring premiere was last night, and now we’ve got WD tonight. Great weekend to be a Scifi/Horror fan. :D

      • http://www.last.fm/user/runawayuniverse runawayuniverse

        Don’t forget Game of Thrones season 3 premiere tonight too!

        • kevin white

          I’ve not watched GoT, but i hear it’s great.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=569655551 Dan Davis

            you’re missing out dude, I was skeptical at first, but its well done.

            • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

              but read the books first. i’m not saying the series isn’t great and faithful to them (it is, very much so) but there’s so much more in the books that helps the series and its many, many characters make sense.

              • kevin white

                I might just do that… When i get the money to get the books. Joblessness sucks!

    • http://twitter.com/maxbingman1 Max Bingman

      Yeah, that’s some fantastic unintentional blasphemy right there.

  • Alice

    How ridiculous. And even if Google had displayed Easter eggs and bunnies, you just know they would then complain it was too “secular.” You just can’t win, so it’s best not to try.

    • allein

      Bing did Easter eggs and no one on the Blaze story, at least, seems to have a problem with it. They’re all switching to Bing!! I was hoping for at least one comment complaining about the eggs not being religious enough. :(
      Someone else said Google should have done eggs and bunnies, or at least flowers or something Springy. Because that has “religious holiday” written all over it…

  • allein

    Google often does nothing on days when I would have expected something. And often I only find out there’s a minor holiday or famous birthday or whatever because Google is my homepage. I like getting a bit of unexpected trivia just by opening my browser. It would be less fun if they only did the expected. :)

  • http://twitter.com/InMyUnbelief TCC

    Actually, I preferred Dave Weigel’s tweet:

    I don’t know how I’m supposed to praise the resurrection of my savior if a website doesn’t alter a logo in his honor.

    • RobMcCune

      Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen, unless it’s not on google.

  • Ward

    another delicious bit of irony: many Christians are tweeting “I’m switching to Bing!” since they have an Easter egg display on their site, and are thus “pro-Christian.” Bing is owned by Microsoft, which is among the many, many companies that support gay marriage. :)

    • allein

      Don’t forget that Bill Gates is an evil atheist! (or agnostic, according to Wikipedia)

      • kevin white

        Yes, but since Bing has Easter Eggs, Microsoft must be a pro-christian company. Gotta love the logic of christians.

    • SeekerLancer

      It’s okay. They’re probably already using their magical power of cognitive dissonance on Microsoft so that they can allow themselves to operate a Windows PC.

  • WallofSleep

    Well, this atheist is off to an Easter Sunday BBQ, full of all the pagan symbols and rituals that “judeo-christian traditionalists” hold so dear. I’ll try not to laugh too much.

    • kevin white

      Have fun.

    • allein

      Enjoy. I’m off to my parents’ house for roast chicken dinner and the inevitable Easter egg hunt (because my mother still thinks we’re six and we haven’t been so kind as to give her grandchildren; we humor her, but at least there’s money in the eggs).

  • Liza

    The problem is that they are purposefully NOT doing it. Easter is the biggest thing today, so by avoiding it, one must ask “Why?”, because they always do mother’s day, labor day, martin luther, women’s day, Christmas, hanukah, so on so on. The fact that they are doing it on purpose is not a statement, it’s disrespect.

    • baal

      Do you have a link that lists out all the google doodles? I think you need a sample size >1 to draw the inference of intentional disrespect to Christians.

      Also, it comes off as you feeling entitled to have your religious holidays respected by a private corporation. I rarely expect (like never) private corporations to respect my personal beliefs even if they are related to the biggest thing of the day.

    • Ward

      Wrong. As the commenter below pointed out, Google often selects lesser known occasions for it’s doodles. I suspect the reason is to change things up a little. I remember the one where they selected the inventor of the zamboni–no one but Google would think to highlight something like that, and as a result we all learned something about a subject we never even would have thought of. Also, equating non-participation in something as disrespect is bad logic. I have never seen a doodle honoring any Islamic holidays. Close to a quarter of the world’s population is Muslim. Does this mean Google is “disrespecting” them as well?

      • http://twitter.com/silo_mowbray Silo Mowbray

        What’s being left unsaid by these whiny Christian asseaters is that Islam (or for that matter, any other religion) is not worthy of respect or notice, and only Christianity should be given special privileges.

        Those same asseaters may now go eat a massive sack of dick.

        • ted

          Western Civ has been your protector, is responsible for all you have and all your liberties, like to admit it or not, and the religious principles of the “whiny Christian asseaters” are in huge part the historical reason you have what you have, the reason you even exist since had you been conceived in some other time and place you’d likely not have survived gestation were it not for the advances of Western Civilization, based as it has been on, like it or not, Christian practices and thought.

          Hard to take, isn’t it, ignoramus?
          Let me guess–you’re someone who views yourself a victim, a little whinny-assed victim of something, somewhere? You’re effete. Too bad.

          • Pattrsn

            “Hard to take, isn’t it, ignoramus?”
            Well, crazy ranty bullshit is never easy to take. But kudos for bombast if not accuracy.

          • Ward

            Christianity is a relative newcomer in world history. It was itself the recipient of thousands of years of cultural and technological development that preceded it, derived from a multitude of societies and religions.

            The truth is always far more interesting and complex than the bland revisions of the fanatical. You are the only ignoramus here.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=569655551 Dan Davis

            Wrong. What did they call the time when religion was helping civilization make such “awesome” strides in medicine and science? The dark ages. And when science and reason started to wrest the control from the church? The Renaissance.

            You are correct with respect to the statement: “whiny Christian asseaters” are in huge part the historical reason you have what you have, yeah, like discrimination against anyone other than your cult, intrusion of religion into the government, hated towards homosexuals, wars in the middle east to support the Zionists, supression of teaching evolution (I am an ex-biology teacher…I know first hand the shit religion does to dumb minds and blur the beauty of science), the spread of AIDS by discouragin condome use, increasing teen pregnancy rates through the elimination of sex ed in schools,,, it just goes on and on, what wonderfull things I have because of these “whiny Christian asseaters”, didn’t know how thankful I should have been, my bad.

          • RobMcCune

            Let me get this straight, because Silo benefitted from changes in tradition that happened in the past, he is duty bound to uphold the traditions of the past? If you think that’s a good argument maybe you shouldn’t be answering your own questions.

          • Baby_Raptor

            Dude, you’re retarded. Just stop talking. Nobody here is going to take you seriously.

          • Drew M.

            Hard to take, isn’t it, ignoramus?

            …said the guy who still believes Bronze Age superstition.

          • David S.

            A great whitewash on western history, ignoring the great philosophical debt to pre-Christian Roman and Greek culture, the debt to Islamic culture (who were much bigger on religious tolerance then the Christians), the debt to all the agnostics, atheists, deists and others that got a crack in the peace treaty between the Protestants and Catholics, etc.

            We might note that Western Civ is also the cause of some of the largest wars in human history, with WWI being almost solely between Christian powers and the Thirty Years War being exclusively about Christian sects, and the world’s largest genocide. Perhaps we should stop a second and think about all those who aren’t here because of Western Civ.

            • http://twitter.com/docslacker MD

              I would hereby thank the Arab world for giving is their number system. Doing maths with Roman numerals sucks.

              • TheBlackCat13

                I would hereby thank the Arab world for giving is their number system. Doing maths with Roman numerals sucks.

                I think you mean the Indians. Arabic numerals did not actually originate from the Arabs, Europe merely got it by way of them.

                • http://twitter.com/docslacker MD

                  Learn something new every day. Thanks.

          • SeekerLancer

            It’s hard to take you seriously when there are so many people acting like victims because Google didn’t have a bunny on their webpage.

          • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

            Just so we are clear on this when you say “Western Civilization” you are also including the “Roman Empire” in that, right?

          • Carmelita Spats

            I’m no victim. I take charge. Birth control liberated me from a life of squatting in a wide stance, ankles to ears, so as to squirt out a mewling pile of attention deprived semen demons for the Catholic cult in Mexico…My life would have mirrored the livestock version of compulsory breeding…I owe NOTHING to rabid misogynists such as Aquinas, Augustine, Loyola, Leo X, Torquemada, Bartolome de las Casas, Karol Wojtyla, Pope Bendmydick XVI or the creepy, beady-eyed, thin-lipped, cult leader, Escriva de Balaguer. I owe EVERYTHING to science and reproductive rights which have NOTHING to do with the much-manly-macho-grunting of Christian orthodoxy and orthopraxis…Your savior is not risen, he is risible.

    • Claude

      No no no. Google has no obligation to recognize Easter, and it has nothing to do with “disrespect” but rather with the wide world outside Christianity.

      There are so many things worthy of indignation; this is not one of them.

      • kevin white

        Now that’s an inner dialogue i was interested in. O_O

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-W-Busch/578120211 Michael W Busch

      This February 14 was a commemoration of George Ferris’ birthday. Feb. 10 was Lunar New Year. Jan 21 was MLK Day or Grandparent’s Day depending on where you were.

      Last year, the Doodles included two secular Christmas/holiday themes from Dec. 24 and 25 and nothing for Hanukkah (although they did mark the end of the Mayan calendar cycle on Dec. 21). Nov. 2 did get one for the Day of the Dead, and Sep. 30 was Chuseok. Tu B’Av was featured on Aug 3. Nowruz was marked on March 20. St. Patrick’s day got 2012 March 17. You will notice a shortage of Muslim holidays, and also those of various other religions.

      Your Argument Is Invalid.

      And here’s the link to all the doodles, although I now see it has already been given: http://www.google.com/doodles/finder/2013/All%20doodles

      • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

        And if you have Google+ and you are logged in they Doodle your birthday too.

        • kevin white

          Really? Darn, I need a Time machine so i can go back to my birthday. Anyone have a Tardis or a DeLorean i can borrow?

    • onamission5

      You mean the only thing that has ever happened on the ever-revolving day that christians celebrate as easter is magic bunnies laid eggs for jesus, and therefore not capitulating to religious exceptionalism is the same thing as being disrespectful? You learn something new every day.

    • decathelite

      How dare Google pay homage to a person who worked for the rights of the poor and downtrodden! And on Easter Sunday!

    • ted

      That’s right, but look at the lack of education from the likes of Chicago dyke– wasted tax payer dollars on her education, that’s for sure. I’m guessing she never heard of Chavez until today.

      • Baby_Raptor

        Oh, yeah. You’re just a HUGE pile of humility and humanity.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

        you just keep guessing, honey. maybe in about ten million tries, you’ll be less wrong.

        bored now, done with you. /adds ted to list of scroll worthy trolls here

    • RobMcCune

      “purposefully NOT doing it”

      What? Where do people get the idea that you are entitled to acknowledgement and failure to recognize your great importance is ‘disrespect’?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=569655551 Dan Davis

      Easter is getting enough attention on CNN and elsewhere, hell, you wouldn’t know the world was going down the tubes with all the freaking easter crap and the pope

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Buchy/542338898 James Buchy

      Really? How far can you take that pretzel logic? I am a mechanic so should I be offended that Rudolph Diesel’s birthday wasn’t in a doodle?

    • Baby_Raptor

      Again, them not acknowledging what you expect them to is not disrespect. It’s you expecting the world to revolve around you and your religion.

      And frankly, I don’t care why they did it. So if you think you *have to* ask why, that’s still more proof that you’re looking for things to cry persecution over.

    • Marco Conti

      “The fact that they are doing it on purpose is not a statement, it’s disrespect.” so to not be disrespectful, they should have just put a lonely little painted egg next to their logo and nobody would have their panties in a twist. Is that what you are saying?

      A corporation, especially one that provides their services worldwide should be apolitical and secular.

      That means they don;t have to pander to this and that religion.

      Especially, when christians are getting offended because they did not display what are essentially pagan symbols. That would have made everyone happy instead.

      Imagine an extraterrestrial looking at this “controversy” from outer space:

      “The christians are offended because a non religious entity failed to display pagan symbols to celebrate one of their holidays, which has nothing to do with those symbols.”

      That’s crazy talk.

      Of course, both the egg and the bunny are symbols of rebirth. Pagan symbols of rebirth after the “death” of winter.

      Incidentally, that’s also what Easter is about. The rebirth of Jesus after the death.

      What are the odds that Christians would, by pure chance, celebrate a rebirth themed holiday at the same time that every pagan religion also has a similar celebration.

    • pitbullgirl1965

      How is it disrespect? You Christians kill me with your whining and foot stamping over everything that doesn’t recognize your religion. (aka a fairy tale)
      You know what is disrespectful? Stealing pagan symbols and passing them off as Christian in origin. And then getting pissed off about it!

    • Drew M.

      You’re a bit of a megalomaniac, Liza. I hate to break it to you, but the world does not revolve around you or your beliefs.

    • http://twitter.com/enuma enuma

      It’s a wonder that there’s any room for Jesus on the cross at all, with you trying this hard to hard to hog all the martyrdom.

    • WallofSleep

      This is pure speculation, but how about this? The owners/operators of Google are not Christians, and therefore chose not to observe a christian holiday.

      I know, right? How dare they exercise the right to put up whatever picture they want on their property?

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    This is the real reason for Easter: Hippitus Hoppitus Reus Domine

  • jeannebodine

    I’ve never been here before so let me get this straight. Patheos hosts a blog with a “friendly” atheist who basically ridicules people of faith and commenters then call said people of faith “whores”, “wingnuts”, “goobers”, etc.? Brilliant! Religious folk will easily “tolerate” themselves out of existence before mid-20th century.

    • allein

      I’m sorry, I don’t mean to be unfriendly, but people flipping out because an internet search engine didn’t choose to use their holiday symbols to decorate a webpage are being ridiculous. The majority of religious people who probably don’t care aren’t the ones being ridiculed here.

    • dcl3500

      If you can’t ridicule foolishness then what the hell fun is there? To be honest though, the wingnuts, goobers, et al are really aimed at breitbart and the blaze and their looney legions, not the normal goobers that believe in fairytales stolen from other more ancient religions.

    • decathelite

      People who want to engage in reasonable discussion about faith are our friends. What we take objection to are the extreme members of faith who express outrage when a private company chooses not to endorse a specific holiday by displaying an image that in no way insults anyone or their beliefs.

      The attention whores, wingnuts and goobers are the extremists that need to be called out for being unreasonable because the friendly people of faith aren’t doing their jobs of moderating their own.

    • Randomfactor

      If they didn’t want to be ridiculed, perhaps they could try being less ridiculous.

    • http://www.agnostic-library.com/ma/ PsiCop

      So, the world’s Christians should have the power to control how Google displays its Web site on any given day? When and how were they granted this authority? I honestly don’t know if this is what you think, but clearly a lot of your fellow Christians genuinely believe themselves to have this power.

      Are you saying that people who do think this way, shouldn’t be ridiculed for doing so? If so, why? Do you consider this thinking to be reasonable and rational? If not, then what makes you think it shouldn’t be ridiculed?

      The cold fact is that there’s a lot of craziness in Christianity, and a lot of Christians whose thinking is weird, extreme, and downright bizarre. Some of them thinking they should be able to order Google to change its Web page, is just the tip of that iceberg. I’m sorry to break the news to you, but such Christians exist.

      Now that you know about them, you have two choices: Either 1) complain that someone else dares point out their existence to you; or 2) go to those odd-thinking Christians and tell them to knock off their crap and grow up already. It looks like you’re doing the #1 instead of #2. I’m not sure that’s the mature response … and it certainly does nothing to promote the integrity of your own religion … but this is a free country, and you can do it if you wish.

      Unfortunately.

    • ortcutt

      You are aware that the 20th Century was the last century, not the one we’re in now, right?

    • RobMcCune

      Um… hate to break it to you, but it’s well past the mid 20th century. Never mind better support Joe McCarthy otherwise we’ll never make it to the 1960′s

    • Baby_Raptor

      Okay, do you get as indignant when religious people insult non-believers? Somehow I doubt it. Might want to check your hypocrisy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=569655551 Dan Davis

      Pointing out what you believe in a skeptical and analytical fashion is not ridicule, now if you feel foolish for believing such nonsense, open your mind and investigate the topic. As for the profanity, many of us are fucking sick and tired of seeing our secular government overrun by religious idiots who don’t know their science and even serve in the congressional science committee. Or school boards diluting science curriculum and pressuring teachers to tow the line, congressmen who think you can control conception following rape, lawmakers that don’t have clue about genetics and ontogeny to understand homosexuality is not a choice (in most cases IMHO, and even if it wasn’t, so fucking what, it’s not your life). For some reason profanity helps release the stress from constantly seeing religion influence our policymakers. Did you know some states still prohibit an atheist from running for office? How would you feel or what level of profanity would you use if you placed the name of your cult in the place of atheist? Give it some thought and you may begin to understand the level of frustration those with intelligence and reason feel when they watch the news or hear many politicians speak.

      • pitbullgirl1965

        I want to print this off and hang it on my wall.

    • http://twitter.com/docslacker MD

      This post sounds familiar…

    • RobertoTheChi

      If someone is going to act absolutely ridiculous over a goddamn Google doodle then be prepared to be ridiculed.

  • Drew M.

    Google did something far more offensive: they rolled out their new Compose feature.

    Fuckers.

    • http://profiles.google.com/entelechy77 Kurt Horner

      Well they wanted to give you an experience akin to being tortured to death, just like Jesus. It’s a brilliant success!

      (I love how changing the subject line in a reply causes a sub-window to appear. That is SO awesome! And by awesome, I mean fucking stupid.)

  • observer

    “No one is acknowledging our religious beliefs; they hate us. Stop persecuting us by ignoring us!!”

  • ortcutt

    For the record, today is only Latin Easter. Orthodox Easter isn’t until May 5th. But hey, some Christians count more than others, I guess.

    • ortcutt

      Also, for the record, I don’t want to ever hear again that there is no religious privilege in this country. When people are offended by a company honoring a civil rights leader rather than their preferred religious holiday, there’s nothing to call it but religious privilege.

  • avis

    Cesar Chavez: a Christian best known for agitating for the rights and dignity of the poor. Obviously a completely inappropriate choice for a day when Christians might be ruminating on the legacy of Jesus Christ.

  • Randomfactor

    No, no, that’s an Easter egg DECORATED to look like Chavez. Back to sleep.

  • ted

    Hey, man, they couldn’t even get a real pic of Chavez, who looks nothing like the “doodle.” They use you. No one says they have to be believers, but they could show respect for a huge percentage of the people who use their service, but they chose to stick a finger up. There are graceful ways of showing appreciation to your customers w/out offending others.

    I trust they know little of Cesar Chavez, btw, who was a fierce opponent of immigration, legal or otherwise, since those streaming over the border as “scabs” took the jobs of those in this United Farm Workers’ union…or are you so ignorant you didn’t know that?

    Most of the people at Google are among those know being called Academic Hillbillies. They don’t even know their history or their science. They are anti-science, anti-data, anti-empiricism (except in their narrow field) and so Creationist in their kneeling to the God of Whatever is in Vogue Now (to make money, of course) that they are the Intellectual Hillbillies that are finally being ridiculed for their sychophancy.
    They wish other companies to show respect for their consumers, but they don’t seem to feel they should do the same.

    • ortcutt

      Maybe a doodle of the Resurrection of Cesar Chavez could satisfy everyone….

    • RobMcCune

      They are anti-science, anti-data, anti-empiricism (except in their
      narrow field) and so Creationist in their kneeling to the God of
      Whatever is in Vogue Now (to make money, of course) that they are the
      Intellectual Hillbillies that are finally being ridiculed for their
      sychophancy

      These intellectual hillbillys can write a coherent sentence without randomly capitalized words. They also aren’t rabidly foaming at the mouth.

      • ted

        They are skilled in tech, lacking in knowledge of history, and like many in their field, lack social skills.

        BTW, capitalizing a specific group (i.e. “Intellectual Hillbillies) is standard English usage…or are you as illiterate as others here?

        Let me guess, judging from the many comments that illustrate lack of knowledge of history and also judging from the comments that seem only to wish to second the histrionics of others, most of the readers of this site are under 30 and without a family of their own. I’d wager they are unemployed, living in mommy and daddy’s basement or spare bedroom, mooching off them.
        Yeah, thought so.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-W-Busch/578120211 Michael W Busch

          I post under my real name, so you may readily determine that other than being under 30, I meet none of your attempted profiling.

          If you think that Google doesn’t have a lot of experts at social interactions, you haven’t been paying attention to their marketing and design efforts. And if you think the makers of the Google Doodles are not knowledgeable about history, you haven’t read through their background on the various pictures they make.

        • RobMcCune

          Well I’m glad you’ve calmed down enough to engage in petty stereotyping. Mind explaining how colored eggs or a rabbit show a knowledge of history, while a picture of Cesar Chavez does not? Didn’t think that one through did you? Though not.

        • Baby_Raptor

          Well, you got one part right. I’m under 30.

          I have a job, I don’t have a family (My biological parents were never around, my grandparents raised me and they kicked me out of the family at 19 because they’re Godbots and I refused to “stop being gay.” and in reality, I support a moocher: My roommate’s dad, who sits around doing nothing but talking about God and watching Faux News and talking like he’s entitled to everything he wants.

          Also, not agreeing with you does not mean that people aren’t intelligent. Quite the other way around, actually.

        • 3lemenope

          Hey man, you didn’t even spell sycophancy correctly. How am I supposed to take you seriously?

    • Marco Conti

      All this crap to just say that google should have bowed to your god and celebrated your holiday? Next time, just be more direct.
      “This is my saviors holiday and everyone on the planet have to show that they bow down to my savior. Else I’ll throw a hissy fit and start tweeting all my friends to start using BING”.

      There, I fixed it for you.

      This fucking Christian privilege is really transparent in this issue. A bunch of people claiming that google is “Anti christian” because they don’t put an egg next to their logo. An Egg? If they put an egg or a bunny no one would have noticed and assumed that Google was celebrating the savior like anyone else.

      An egg and a bunny. What do they have to do with Easter again?

      • Nox

        They’re both fertility symbols.

        It isn’t a coincidence that we celebrate death in the fall and resurrection in the spring.

        • Marco Conti

          Yes, mine was a rhetorical question :)
          Actually, the bunny (or hare in the tradition) is a fertility Symbol but the egg is both a fertility and rebirth symbol. Just like the resurrection of Jesus is a rebirth symbol.

    • Baby_Raptor

      If you’re getting offended because they chose to celebrate a different day than you, that’s not them “refusing to show respect.” That’s you expecting that the world should revolve around you and your religion.

      It’s not like they made a giant doodle that said “Fuck Easter and Fuck Jesus Christ.”

      • pitbullgirl1965

        I wish they would though!

  • anniewhoo

    I’m sure the people at Google really tried, but darnit, without a ‘t’ in google it would be difficult to capture the essence of the holiday.

  • http://twitter.com/maxbingman1 Max Bingman

    If Easter is so holy why did my boss make me come to work today? How come that’s not a slap at Christianity? Why is that kind of secularizaton okay?
    But if Google doesn’t do a song and dance about Easter this year… OH MY GOD!!! The persecution! How can Christianity survive this???????

  • Blacksheep

    It’s actually pretty odd that they aren’t doing a (secular) easter thing – it’s clearly on purpose. Colored eggs are not a Christian message.

    • allein

      It’s not odd, actually. The last time they did an Easter doodle was apparently in 2000.

    • allein

      It’s not odd, actually. The last time they did an Easter doodle was apparently in 2000.
      (sorry if this posts twice; my original seems have disappeared.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.brockway1 Matthew Brockway

    Couldn’t care less about the lack of Easter recognition. The promotion of a guy like Chavez is reason enough for annoyance. Men who organize labor to become more wealthy are simply pigs in my eyes. I know people who have left a few of these countries and it isn’t hard to see why when they open up. There is no upward mobility in the countries that you idiots chose to fantasize about. And for those of you who are deliberate in your attempts to be provocative in your anti Christian comments or your “Jesus is a myth” rhetoric, get a clue. If I have it right, and I think I do, not believing in something should be a relief from the burdens of having to discuss it. Christians, conservatives are who gave you the freedoms to be really big douche bags. Give thanks for that, because only in America are you truly free to be ignorant, motionless, freeloading and ignorant and still be fed, clothed and housed. This is a great country.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

      “knowing some people” from “those countries” (and what the hell, do you also use “you people?”) does not make you an expert on CC or the nation he led and the poor he helped or the wealth he refused to hand over to western corporate interests or the wealthy in his country he pissed off.

      and it’s very Christian of you to care about the ignorant, motionless and freeloading! thank you so much for your concern. but, um, i’m still waiting on my check so maybe you could look into that. Jeebus wants you to send me money!

    • 3lemenope

      Give thanks for that, because only in America are you truly free to be ignorant, motionless, freeloading and irritating all at once and still be fed, clothed and housed. This is a great country.

      Scandinavia is way better at this than we are.

      If I have it right, and I think I do, not believing in something should be a relief from the burdens of having to discuss it.

      Oh, if only! If people weren’t running around trying to run the world based on that belief, you’d be quite right. Sadly, Christians do occasionally take their beliefs seriously, and the worm turns.

      Christians, conservatives are who gave you the freedoms to be really big douche bags.

      And here I was thinking it was deists and Classical Liberals. Shows what I know.

    • David S.

      Organizing labor to be come more wealthy is a bad thing? Working on getting more wealth is only moral if you start out rich or something? I’ve yet to see any moral basis behind people who are rich and trying to get more getting upset at poor labor trying to leverage what they have to get richer.

    • Claude

      There is no upward mobility in the countries that you idiots chose to fantasize about.

      Unfortunately, there’s not much upward mobility in the United States, either. You could google it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-W-Busch/578120211 Michael W Busch

      Men who organize labor to become more wealthy are simply pigs in my eyes.

      If you are saying that the workforce should not be appropriately paid for their work, you are singularly lacking in empathy.

      There is no upward mobility in the countries that you idiots chose to fantasize about.

      I suspect that you misunderstand what countries have economic systems that many of the readers here would value, because you are wrong. I quote Wikipedia: “There is more intergenerational mobility in Australia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Spain, France, and Canada than in the U.S. In fact, of affluent countries studied, only Britain and Italy have lower intergenerational mobility than the United States does.”

      And upward mobility is not necessarily a good thing. Economics and sociology distinguish two types of mobility: absolute and relative. Relative mobility is zero-sum: someone goes up in wealth or social status, and someone else goes down. But absolute mobility is not zero-sum: someone goes up in wealth or social status and nobody goes down. The latter is good; the former can be good or bad – e.g. someone who achieves wealth and fame because of incredible peace-making skills as opposed to someone who does the same by stealing resources and reputation from others.

      As we might expect, many countries with lower income inequality have less relative mobility than those with higher income inequality. When the distribution of incomes is less uneven, shuffling who gets what salary has less of an effect. This doesn’t make those countries bad places to live – quite the contrary, many of them have had high positive absolute mobility for a long time and therefore have high standards of living.

      If I have it right, and I think I do, not believing in something should be a relief from the burdens of having to discuss it.

      You do not have it right. You are allowed to believe almost anything you want; you are not allowed to say that people who do not believe like you are not permitted to disagree with you and explain why they disagree.

      Only in America are you truly free to be ignorant, motionless,
      freeloading and irritating all at once and still be fed, clothed and
      housed.

      Incorrect, especially given the current state of the social safety net in the United States. I invite you to consider most of the EU, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, among others.

      Also, you have not provided any evidence to support your assertions that the other commentators here are ignorant, motionless, or freeloading. I can say confidently that many of us are none of those things (with due allowance for bias in one case – I personally think that my work is sufficiently scientifically and publicly interesting to justify my being paid). You have certainly demonstrated that you find us irritating.

      This is a great country.

      That might be true, but by any sensible metric the US is far from the only great country.

    • http://twitter.com/docslacker MD

      Western Europe, with a strong labour movement (stronger than the U.S.) has much more upward mobility that the U.S. Yeah, I know, I wasn’t expecting that either.

    • Marco Conti

      I guess you would know all about being an ignorant tool and still enjoy food, shelter and work.

      You “not believing in something” point would make sense if it was purely an intellectual pursuit. I have been an atheist for 30 years before I started rebuffing idiots like you on the internet. I just didn’t see the point before, but then I realized that left unchallenged my children would end up living in a warped theocracy where saying “Vagina” in a sex ed class is ground for termination of a teacher.

      A country where people are so ignorant of their own history, and history in general, that they believe Christian Conservatives are the ones that gave us our freedoms while in reality they have fought tooth and nail against any progressive idea there ever was.

      Yes, this is a great country, but people like you make it a little less great.

  • SeekerLancer

    I really can’t believe how angry and upset people are getting over this. They feel so damned entitled that they can’t stand that a secular organization didn’t put a bunny on its homepage.

    Just like the War on Christmas BS, lack of celebration is somehow viewed as an attack on their beliefs. It’s ridiculous. They’re acting like Google posted somebody giving a giant middle finger to Jesus.

    • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

      It’s just a massive ongoing “appeal to tradition.” American Theists are hemorrhaging membership. Traditional values of fear, hate, and bigotry don’t work anymore, they don’t understand why and it’s scaring off potential new memebers.

  • AugustineThomas

    Not a big deal to some bloodsucking, ungrateful leftist like you who comes to this country and takes full advantage of our kindness and then disparages the religion that built the country that he was able to flee to from his heathen homeland.

    Hemant Mehta needs to go back to whatever heathen cesspool his parents came from if he thinks so little of Christians and the land they built that his parents fled to..

    • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

      Do you masturbate while you spew your bigoted hateful comments?

      • AugustineThomas

        Do you think you’re doing leftism a favor by showing everyone how depraved its members are?

        I’m imperfect but I’m not arguing for the perfection of men like leftists.. I’m telling you that you’re a fool to put your faith in other men.

        I’m Persian so my grandparents fled to this country just the same.. I just wasn’t brainwashed by leftists into thinking I have to hate white people for educating me despite that I would be a second class citizen for my Persian blood in any other country (and second class in Iran for not being full Persian).

        • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

          Telling anyone in America “to go back from where they came from” is an outright racist comment. Since all Americans are from different parts of the world, yes even the Native Americans but we would all acknowledge that they are pretty much indigenous.
          So how am I looking like a fool for pointing out your racism?
          Where did you learn to make points by using personal attacks?
          Diversity makes our country strong, you are Persian and I am a decedent of Romans, knowing what you know about your homeland, and (my best guess) it’s tyrannical theocratic government one would think you would embrace diversity but it seems you have chosen to follow the Iranian government’s precedent of having one ultimate opinion and the desire to suppress all others.

          So I guess like the Armenians and the Kurds you are homeless and resentful of that fact.

          • AugustineThomas

            No I just can’;t stand ingrates or idiots or pedants..

            Also when you throw around the term racist you cheapen yourself and weaken the word for when we actually do need it to label real racists..

            Diversity does make our country strong. Lying about the fact that Christians founded this nation first and foremost to protect future Christians makes us weak.
            This isn’t a secularist nation that decided to protect Christians because of the Constitution. This is a Christian nation that decided to protect all men and women of all religions or no religion because of Christ and his wisdom.

            • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

              I agree totally with your first statement, somewhat with your second two statements but your last is incorrect. I am not a christian and many of the commentators here are not christians either, so this is not a christian nation. So your third statement about diversity and lying cancels out your last statement, we are a secular nation of which the founding fathers were of religions as diverse as the sands upon a beach.
              If you want to quibble over who discovered what first, then well, we would be a nation of Thorians because the Vikings were here long before Christopher Columbus. Some even think the Chinese were here before the Vikings making us all Pluralists. But! If you really want to argue that point then it was the Native Americans who were here first and thus we are an Animistic or Pantheistic Nation.
              But christian nation we are not. It is true, that for now, generalized christianity holds the majority of religious adherents here in America but if we were to then break down all of the sects of American christianity then things get even more confusing, for example, the Mormon’s don’t fully consider themselves christians.
              There is still an abundance of catholics who hold radically divergent opinions of christ than the fundamentalists and evangelicals. Plus there are also Jewish and Islamist, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha’i, etc, etc.
              Oh, wait! I almost forgot the Whirling Dervishes of the Sufi Mevlevi Order. Lest you needed to be reminded of your heritage once again.
              So christian nation we are not, a racist you are, and let me add you seem to have a tendency towards being intolerant of others different than you.

              • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

                To my fellow non-American commentators. Just for clarification “we are” is referring contextually to “America or Americans” and is not meant to imply any form of American Imperialistic Patriotism. I am more akin to the ideal of Global States and a single secular planet preferably humanistic in orientation. No offense implied.

    • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

      further more maybe you should go back from whence your family originated from possibly someplace in Europe?

      • Beutelratti

        Nah ah ah, please keep him.

    • TheBlackCat13

      Yes, how dare anyone exercise their freedom of speech. That is not allowed in this country!

    • RobertoTheChi

      Gotta love christians and their ”love”…

    • Marco Conti

      Yes, indeed your post is oozing kindness all over. Could you be more of a stereotype? I bet you were one of those that blamed google for placing a dictator ‘s picture in their logo.

    • WallofSleep

      Reject blind faith and embrace Enlightenment. That’s what our founding fathers did when they “built” this country.

      Read our constitution, the document that created our nation and our form of government, and compare it to what is written in the bible. Our form of government, our nation, at its very foundation, purposefully stands in direct opposition to what the bible says about how a nation should be governed.

    • WallofSleep

      Oh, and fuck you for that bigoted “go home” bullshit. I’d rather have a thousand immigrants cut of the same cloth as Hermant than just one more of you “natural born”, superstitious xenophobes.

  • Hermann o

    Who the fuck gives a shit what Google doodles?
    Happy Easter nonetheless! Christ has risen!
    Shalom
    Hermann

  • Pureone

    Why get angry this year and not any of the previous 13 years?

  • PaperShark

    Easter eggs don’t represent my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Google and bing Should have put the Cross up. He Rose for all…

    • Baby_Raptor

      Yup. Everyone should cater to your specific beliefs. Who cares that they’re not shared by everyone, or even a majority of the people who use the sites? The world revolves around people who share PaperShark’s beliefs, and everyone, even people who don’t believe the same things, should have to do what he thinks.

      Newsflash: This is dripping sarcasm. You have no right to say what these companies “should have” done. They decide what they do, not your whiney, self-obsessed ass.

  • Carpinions

    And this insanity is all by mere chance, and even further, fueled by a Christian retcon of a pagan holiday. If that pagan equinox didn’t occur as it does, Easter would have been this coming weekend, and there’d be no problems. But that’s not good enough, and some Christians must demand more than equal time or else.

  • ~SoACTing

    Silly Google, they should have put bunny ears on him :-)

  • Sad.

    The friendly atheist isn’t very friendly. What a hateful site. Stereotypes, hasty generalizations. Quite the pinnacle of thinking. Cheers.


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