Yesterday the Christian Institute announced that its lawyers have contacted Google to remind them of their duties under the 2006 Equality Act.
Google has rejected an advert which would have referred readers to the Christian Institute for news and views on UK abortion-related legislation (currently, obviously, highly topical).
The reason they gave was their policy of finding “abortion and religion-related content” to be inappropriate. (Although strangely, the CI’s lawyers’ letter points out that this policy is not given in writing on Google’s policy page.)
Today it seems that Google have clarified their decision by saying that they only allow ads that “have factual information about abortion.”
I’d have quite a lot to say about that, but Cranmer said it quicker and better:
Setting aside that Google now presumes to judge on epistemological matters (are all its links filtered and censored for ‘factual’ accuracy?), it is curious indeed that it is only when abortion is presented via a religious site that the material is banned: Google permits abortion-related advertisements from the secularists, atheists, irreligious, non-religious and the mentally depraved (if some of these terms are not mutually inclusive). Needless to say, the perspectives of these are overwhelmingly ‘pro-choice’, and all must be considered by Google to be ‘factual’.
But Google does not permit Christians to advertise their pro-life beliefs.
(Read the rest here: The Christians who sued Google.)
Says the doughty Ann Widdecombe: “It does seem to me to be the most appalling and blatant case of religious discrimination.”
Further information and links available from the Christian Institute.
[PS – I know I said I wasn’t going to post anything controversial for the next two months. I hope this won’t be controversial. Feel free to comment but I’m not arguing with anyone :) ]