The Christian Institute, a U.K.-based Christian group affiliated with the Church of England, is crying foul with a lawsuit against Google after the popular internet search engine rejected their pro-life advertisements.
The group, which had purchased an “AdWords” advertisement that would bring up information on abortion laws and a link to their homepage every time a user searched for “abortion,” is claiming that Google rejected their advertisements in an act of deliberate discrimination against their views.
According to Google, the company has a policy of rejecting “inappropriate” advertisements that mix religion and abortion.
(Links and emphasis added) Source: netvangelize.news
I checked out Google’s policies and couldn’t locate anything that indicated a policy of rejecting advertisements that mix religion and abortion, appropriate or not. I don’t mean to imply that Google does not have such a policy, just that it is not a policy that they seem to be willing to otherwise make public. I would assume that the policy would also define “inappropriate” in this context, but that’s also something Google seems to have decided to not make public. I don’t mean to imply that Google’s judgement about the inappropriateness of the ad is wrong, just that the decision seems subjective because of their lack of forthrightness.
Google’s admitted policy against mixing religion and abortion, by definition, is a policy of religious censorship. This being the case, adding the word “inappropriate” to their excuse is just a smoke screen (or perhaps red meat for the extreme left wing) and is disingenuous at best. Why Google would not simply and plainly admit to this bias is beyond my comprehension; but I suppose it’s hard to be politically correct (support abortion / oppose religion, especially Christian religion) when you are also engaged in an activity that is definitely not politically correct (censorship).
It’s ironic that the company whose name is a synonymous term for Internet word search is having trouble with their search for words to express their Internet terms.