Google used to be a name that people trusted, but now that the company nearly owns the internet, much like Facebook, it has changed. Overnight, they bought and ruined YouTube and they have been against all forms of Christian, conservative, libertarian thought for what seems like eons. As the Federalist has reported, things are only continuing down that path at the tech giant’s headquarters, too.
Once again, Google Ads (the same scheme that is stifling users on YouTube) is leading the charge. Concordia Publishing House CEO Bruce Kintz said in a Facebook post that “because of the faith we express on our website,” Google Ads has refused to conduct any business with them.
“Google ads will no longer accept anything related to the cph.org domain. They stated the reason is because of the faith we express on our website,” Kintz remarked.
He also said that “[A CPH associate] was told, as an example, that things like our bible (sic) challenge on our [Vacation Bible School] webpage would clearly need to come down before they could consider us for ads.” This is nothing short of an all-out attack on those who share views which seem to be looked down upon by Google.
The Vacation Bible School program is called “Splash Canyon” and the theme is “Discover God’s promise on life’s wild ride.” If this is the kind of “offensive” talk that Google stands against, one has to wonder if anything but leftist drivel is ever to be uttered on the site.
If this sounds like an exaggeration, it is not. The tech giant made the move against Splash Canyon based on teachings like “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope . . . for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23” and “God promises: ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.’ Isaiah 43:2.”
CPH is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, faith that sees between 1.5 to 2 million practitioners in America. Google, by contrast, is much more sympathetic to the “liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America” which condones abortions and stands with gay marriage.
This nuance often draws people into a debate about abortion or gay rights, but it should not do so. CPH is allowed to follow God, not follow God, support gays, or utterly oppose them at will. For Google to punish them (or anyone) for simply being conservative Christians is to run counter to everything that the internet is supposed to stand for.
Kintz finds the whole situation to be “Incredibly sobering and disappointing. It is an uphill battle but our mission and customers are worth it. It is why we are here.”
While it is refreshing to know that they are “here,” if Google has their way, when it comes to search results, no one will know it. If they do, CPH won’t see a dime anyhow.
The world keeps squeezing…. pic.twitter.com/yzMMljoRVx
— Mark Surburg (@MarkSurburg) April 23, 2018