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Google Doodles on Easter

It’s fascinating to watch for Google’s “doodles,” the modifications the search engine periodically makes to its logo. Most of the time these temporary changes celebrate the birthdays of scientific or cultural figures, or nod at national holidays around the world.

Other than the Gregorian New Year, there seems to be no observance promoted more by Google than Earth Day. Now in its fifth decade, the feast of environmental awareness always gets worldwide promotion on all of Google’s pages on April 22.

[1]This year, Earth Day coincides with Good Friday. Thus while billions of Christians worldwide observe Christ’s passion, any who might visit Google’s page are shown an idyllic scene of waterfalls and panda bears.

Will Google do anything for the movable feast of Easter, secularized by the retailers into a day of chocolate and colored eggs? Looking through the gallery of past Google doodles [2], it appears that the world’s leading search engine has only posted one Easter-related doodle in the last decade — and predictably, it contained only Easter eggs.

The global internet knows no borders or cultural affinities, and so perhaps the chief Googlers are Rawlsians, believing that all comprehensive doctrines should be bracketed — at least those with roots in the West. But in March, the Google home page in India featured a doodle celebrating Holi [3], a Hindu spring festival in the world’s largest multicultural state. Maybe we can expect more gestures toward religious pluralism, with doodles for Ramadan [4], Passover, and Easter.

As for the implicit endorsement of Earth Day over Good Friday, Google might take a cue from other institutions. The New York Stock Exchange [5], the United Nations [6], and even the government of Chinese-controlled Hong Kong [7] aren’t closed today in deference to Mother Earth.


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#1 Comment By Zac in Virginia On April 22, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

Earth Day is more important than Good Friday.

#2 Comment By Darrell On April 23, 2011 @ 3:00 am

Zac,…..bzzzzzz, wrong answer!

No it’s not. This is the first year I’ve ever even noticed earth day….that’s only because I went to Google and saw the silly doodle. We know the Google crowd are uber liberals and rank greenies so I didn’t expect them to throw a sop to the hundreds of millions of Christians celebrating the most important period on the calendar for them.

Good Friday & Easter forever!!

#3 Comment By Dennis Dale On April 23, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

Is it me or is there something vaguely sinister about the child-like nature of this drawing, cramming all that disparate flora and fauna into one nightmarish, chaotic oasis.

Pandas and penguins, living together; mass hysteria!

#4 Comment By Charlie the Choo Choo On April 23, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

Zac, are you for real? Earth day is more important than Good Friday? The entire EARTH isn’t as important as Good Friday, and what happened on that day. i.e. God’s son rose from the dead. The most important event in the history of the universe.

#5 Comment By Prof. Rorty On April 24, 2011 @ 8:17 am

It’s just not that big a deal. If your faith needs validation from a search engine banner, well, I hate to tell you this but your faith is in some trouble.

#6 Comment By John Doe On April 24, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

One has to be a complete, moron to disagree with Rorty.

In any event it is unfortunate to see Google endorsing Earth day.

If one does not exploit the earth, Americans would not be living such a good life. It is impossible to deal with supporters of Earth Day, as they live in contradictory thoughts. They would drive their cars, made of plastic and fueled with fossil fuels, carrying cell phones powered with lithium batteries, to Starbuck carrying a ceramic cup to get a free cup of tea to save a paper cup. But then again, I am jerk who cares only for oneself and those with a rational mind who wants to live a comfortable life.

Christ was put on cross by the Romans. Men with reason, who want to live a comfortable and happy life will be put on cross by the hippies and the liberals. Its only fair. Why should one be happy, if Jesus Christ suffered so must Men. The only problem is there will be no resurrection.

Oh and if I have offended mommy earth, please have her call me, I’ll apologize with all sincerity.

#7 Comment By Catholic On April 24, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

1. Agree with Rorty, however I can say the same thing about gay marriage. If gay marriage threatens anyone’s marriage, then the marriage is already threatened, probably past the point of no return.

2. Charlie, that would be Easter. Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion.

#8 Comment By Joe On April 24, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

Earth Day is a reminder to celebrate and remind us of what really gives us life and be aware that we need to protect it’s finite resources.

Easter and Good Friday is a fairytale that has provoked thousands of years of oppression and violence by way of preying on weak minds in need of an imaginary friend.

I think it’s obvious which one is more important.

#9 Comment By N On April 25, 2011 @ 9:06 am

When a man is starving from hunger, his parents come to his house, and plant a fruit tree.

The fruit tree feeds the man, who waters the tree intermittently, and cares for it. The man forgets his parents and spends his time tending and caring for the tree, and worshiping the tree as his savior and source of life.

#10 Comment By Alex On April 27, 2011 @ 1:23 am

Hahaha, The American Conservative, folks! This was a pretty bold post, honestly. Pro-Easter, minimizing Earth Day, way to take on your own readership.

#11 Comment By Jacob On July 19, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

That’s because religion is a bunch of fairy tale bullshit that idiot adults believe in.

I wouldn’t have a problem with religion so much if it didn’t make people act stupid, such as the thinking behind this post: Earth day is about spreading awareness about being good human beings and taking care of the planet we live on, when so many people neglect it and don’t recycle, or even think recycling is necessary. Good friday is just yet another stupid story people believe in when they don’t even know if the guy existed or not because there’s no proof and they’re too scared to question it whole-heartedly.

Google puts up an Earth Day doodle because it’s a legitimate event. Good Friday is for idiots.

#12 Comment By easter 2012 On July 30, 2011 @ 8:02 am

@ Jacob

Religion might be a fairy tale to you but it helps many people all over the world in their lives. See, not everybody needs it to be realistically true. For many people the bible is a book of stories that can be implemented in their real lives. It helps them.

So before you go ahead and criticize everyone who believes in the bible, think about all the people it helps. It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, or if it’s a fairy tale or not. Even if the bible is “fairy tale” like you say, it still is a very influential book for millions(billions?) of people worldwide.

#13 Comment By Arcos Plage On September 24, 2011 @ 12:23 am

It is really distressing to see this presented with such polarity. Are we not taught that God instructed us to shepherd the Earth, to care for its species? It seems of late that religion has become so politically polarized that whatever may be preferable to the politics of those we perceive as opponents therefore becomes hateful to us even if God has commanded otherwise.

Yes, Earth Day is a liberal holiday and liberals would rather we sacrifice the comforts of our civilization to place the welfare and plants and animals ahead of us. They are probably not doing this because it is what God has instructed — but still, they are doing what God has instructed. So even if they do not realize it, they are honoring God by honoring the Earth which God made, and on which we all live (and on which Jesus lived, and against which Jesus never raised a harmful finger, which seems an example to follow).

#14 Comment By Rick On April 8, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

I belong to a group of people that seems to be shrinking every day; a group of thinking humans who have no allegiance to any party or any on view. You might know that group as rational human beings. Conservatives are a very dim group. But so are liberals. Earth Day is a holiday celebrated mostly by liberals, that’s true, but you’re kidding yourself if you think it’s unimportant to maintain proper care of the Earth. As a person who does have some modicum of faith, I believe humans have to actually put forth effort to effect change. The benefit of prayer is that it gives hope, helps cement amorphous free will into a drive to accomplish a goal, and increase resilience. Pray all you want, but unless you take physical action to preserve our ecosystem, it will fail. God does not want you to sit back an give thanks, engage in gluttony, and blatantly disregard the Earth on any Easter. You’re here to take care of your own domain. Remember, this comes from a person who disdains the idea of conservative or liberal as it limits rational human thought. So use your own rational thought and evaluate your actions towards the Earth.

#15 Comment By Chris On April 6, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

Easter is such an important day to so many people across America and across the world that you would think any major entity like Google would acknowledge it. It makes you wonder whether the decision makers are just anti-religious bigots like Jacob. I don’t think these Google snubs will test the faith of us Christians, but that doesn’t justify the anti-religious sentiment.