Google Snubs Easter for 18th Year in a Row
For the 18th year in a row, Google refused to honor the Christian holiday of Easter with a celebratory "doodle" on its website, despite commemorating similar Hindu and Jewish festivals and dedicating an entire page to the Muslim festival of Ramadan.
Christians and conservatives on Twitter noted that Google did not put up a doodle to commemorate the holiday on Sunday.
"Why has Google not honored that obscure event known as Easter?" Townhall senior columnist Kurt Schlichter asked in a Twitter poll. A full 72 percent of over 7,000 votes chose "They hate Christians."
Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra noted that "Google always has special graphics and displays on their homepage for special days and holidays. But not for Easter."
Some Twitter users shared a photo contrasting the tech company's alleged doodle for Ramadan with the lack of a doodle for Easter on April 1, 2018.
The image on the left, however, was never used as an official doodle. A Muslim artist submitted this doodle in 2010, requesting the search behemoth honor Ramadan in a doodle on its homepage.
Even so, Google has favored Ramadan over Easter. The search giant has a subpage dedicated to the Muslim festival, accessible at https://ramadan.withgoogle.com. The site also includes a link to Google's "helpful Qibla Finder." Google Maps helps Muslims find the right direction to face Mecca, the city in Saudi Arabia where Islam began, for their prayers.
No similar page exists for the Christian holiday of Easter Sunday, the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ rising from the dead. Neither does Google host a page for Lent, the season leading up to Easter during which many Christians fast, as Muslims fast during Ramadan.
When Fox News asked about Google's apparent neglect for Easter, the tech company pointed to a tweet about search trends the company sent out on Saturday.
"We don’t have Doodles for religious holidays, in line with our current Doodle guidelines," Google said in a statement. "Doodles may appear for some non-religious celebrations that have grown out of religious holidays, such as Valentine’s Day, Holi’s Festival of Colors, Tu B’Av and the December holiday period, but we don’t include religious imagery or symbolism as part of these."