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Google refuses to acknowledge Easter… for the 17th year in a row

Today is Francisco Balagtas’ 230th birthday. How do I know that? It’s all thanks to Google Doodles, “the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.”

Well, not all holidays are equal, it appears. The Google homepage was looking rather empty this Easter, with not so much as an egg in sight. Really? Now even the Bunny is offensive? It would seem Randy Smith was right in saying:

Today people now feel uncomfortable when you mention the Easter Bunny. It’s not that the Easter Bunny has anything to do with Christianity, but the Easter Bunny — in the world’s mind — is tied to Easter, and Easter is tied to Christianity, and Christianity is tied to Jesus. So no Easter Bunny because the world wants nothing to do with Jesus and His resurrection.

Evidently, at least according to Google, there was nothing significant about the day between Balagats’ 230th birthday and Anandi Gopal Joshi’s 153rd…

Reactions on Twitter were as expected:

Happy Francisco Balagtas’ birthday, everyone.

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