I love TechCrunch as much as the next geek, but it seems that some of its contributors have a problem with Christianity (see “Gospelr: Twitter For Christians” or “CatholicGoogle: Your Search Engine For All Things Catholic”). Now, this doesn’t really surprise me at all. After all Christ said, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:18-19).
Below is my comment about the CatholicGoogle article and to some of its other commenters:
I happen to like the idea. Google offers customized Twitter Groups (well, not exactly. But Twitter Groups are handled by Google Friend Connect). I’m pretty sure Google offers a customizable Google search too. Would people have the same reaction if there was a customized Google search for vegans?
In my humble opinion, people have a problem with Christianity more so than they do with the fact that there is a customized Google Search site for Catholics.
I can understand people getting upset, because it could give some Google juice to Catholic sites that normally would be on the 16th page of a search result. I would accept this as a valid argument.
For there to be a lawsuit against the Catholic Church over something like this would be silly. For the very reason that the church is made up of many Christians. CatholicGoogle is not funded by the Vatican. The people that have a problem with a customized Google search that is catered towards Catholics, have a bigger problem with the fact that Christians are using technology to serve a Higher Power. Namely Jesus Christ.
Get over it people, the customized search wasn’t created for you!
CatholicGoogle’s own page states the following:
CatholicGoogle is powered by Google using “safe search” technology, it produces results from all over the internet with more weighting to given to Catholic websites and eliminates the vast majority of unsavoury content, such as pornography. The site is not associated or affiliated with Google.com, we work closely with Google to help ensure that the adverts are not objectionable in nature, however, some of the results and adverts that are displayed may not be in line with Catholic doctrine and we do not endorse any of the results or adverts displayed on CatholicGoogle.
I’d love to hear what you think about this. As always, you can leave a comment. God Bless.
Oh yeah! I don’t know if you noticed the above parody logo for TechCrunch. The first time I visited the site, a few years ago, I misread their logo as “TechChurch.” I shouldn’t have wasted my money on that online speed-reading course ; )
03 Jan 2009 Catholic Tech Tips