DEAR EDITOR:

What does it say about Google when the most holy day in Christianity for 2.1 billion Christians is ignored on its homepage? Earth Day was celebrated in place of Easter. There have been 2000 doodles over the last 20 years celebrating holidays and special events from the Burning Man Festival in 1998 to the ice cream sundae in 2011.

Obviously, the large group of six-figured Google employees who select and design the homepage do not care about Easter. Since the company depends on selling its users’ information without their permission to advertisers, they clearly do not care about offending a large number of these people. Google is one of the global companies along with Facebook, Microsoft and Apple that has been dubbed Masters of the Universe.

The very technology that Google employs is a result of Christianity. Science depends on certain non-scientific suppositions regarding the nature of reality in the absence of which it would have never arisen. The world is real; that it is rational and orderly, governed by natural laws. These laws are available for examination. It is good and deserving of being studied. These assumptions did not sprang from anywhere else but medieval Christian Europe.

It is not by accident that the first and greatest of scientists — Galileo, Descartes, Roger Bacon, Copernicus, Kepler, Pascal, Newton, Boyle and Mendel, along with many others, were Bible-believing Christians. Roger Stark, distinguished sociologist of religion, makes this point. “The success of the West, including the rise of science, rested entirely on religious foundations, and the people who brought it about were devout Christians.”

Specifically, science was made possible by the 12th-century creation of the university — another of Christianity’s gifts to humanity.

We are living in a time that global mega-companies have determined they can remake the world. While Google is currently free to make its own decisions, I would suggest that it might want to look at what President Teddy Roosevelt did to the all-powerful Standard Oil Company in 1911. Due to Standard Oil’s efforts to stifle competition, it was broken up into 34 companies.

By the way, there is only one Master of the Universe.

Jim Cole

Marietta

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