Last Sunday, millions of Christians around the world gathered to celebrate Easter.
But as an ABC article reported, not everyone celebrated the day, with some companies choosing to publicly ignore it.
The popular search engine company, Google, consistently posts new “Google-doodles” on its home page to celebrate lives of famous people, noteworthy events and traditional holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
But this year, the Google-doodle released on Easter had nothing to do with celebrating Easter or even acknowledging anything connected to Easter, but was instead dedicated to the anniversary of Cesar Chavez’s 86th birthday. Chavez, an American farm worker and Hispanic American civil rights activist, championed the causes of labor activists in the ’70s. He was a co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association and helped to form a union for Hispanic American farm workers in California, Arizona and Texas.
While many may praise his peaceful support of immigrants and the way he approached changing policies, the fact that Google chose to honor him instead of Easter reflects the ever-growing tendency of many media organizations and liberally based companies to ignore Christians and brush off days that are important to us.
Although it would’ve been nice for Google to post an Easter-themed doodle, there was a resulting consequence from this story that raises a needed reminder for conservatives and Christians alike.
Soon after the Chavez-doodle was released, many conservatives and Christians took to Twitter to tweet about their displeasure over Google’s decision.
Sadly, many of these tweets were angry and showed a nasty tone towards Google. One conservative website, Twitchy, even got its Chavez’s switched and irately tweeted that Google was honoring the late Venezuelan dictator, Hugo Chavez.
The Google-doodle story emphasizes how important communication from a company is and how it should be planned carefully and wisely.
In Google’s case, they probably knew that using a leftist labor leader in place of an Easter theme would cause a lot of controversy and strife. Using better judgment in picking a doodle theme would limit strife and angst among Google users.
We as Christians and/or conservatives should also be careful of our tone when something like this does happen. Easter was a day to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, not to show anger.
Researching the facts behind the doodle and showing grace even if the doodle wasn’t their favorite would’ve been much more Christlike than throwing indignant temper tantrums via social media.