Google Axes the Church
Does it scare you that Google is controlling much of the flow of data and information via the web? Perhaps, it should. Google is now policy maker as well.
The August 2011 Christianity Today reported on the Google for Nonprofits program. In this program, Google offered its tools for non profits for free—except if the organization was a church or faith-based group that uses religion or sexual orientation in hiring decisions.
Set aside the issue of the fairness of excluding the use of these tools from certain organizations. Instead, raise the issue to a broader level: we already know that Google uses a complex formula to rank websites and how certain websites “get found.” That formula is their secret sauce.
I wonder now if their formula also reflects the same values based judgment. Will or has Google already been using a values based formula in how sites get found? And if not, will they move that direction?
Their decision reflects a troubling trend in our country. We want to exclude all religious speech from the public forum while allowing every other form of speech. The First Amendment was all about preventing a national church; it was never about taking religious speech out of public forums.
What next Google? What next America?