Google Blocking Negative Search Recommendations for Islam

Google Christianity IsAlex Wilhelm posted an interesting observation on The Next Web blog… If you go to Google and start typing in the search box “Christianity is,” Google serves up suggested searches like “Christianity is a lie,” “Christianity is false,” and worse.  This is true for Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism too.

But not Islam.

Type in “Islam is” and you get nothing.

If by the time you read this, it has changed or if you’re too busy to check for yourself, here’s a collection of screenshots posted to Reddit.

Is Google censoring their results because they’re afraid of ticking off Islamic extremists?

Google is now claiming this is due to a due to a bug. What do you think?

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

3 Responses to “Google Blocking Negative Search Recommendations for Islam”

  1. You are right! I just tried it, and that is exactly what comes up. Some bug! Huh! Some times I wonder if things like these are because we Christians have failed, when the occasion demanded it, to stand up and contend for the faith that we have received.

    I work in a school, and I often have students use the name of Jesus as a swear word. Until one day, when very aggrieved in my spirit, I pointed out to them that they could use the option of Muhammed, or Buddha, or Hare Krishna. They stopped and looked at me like I had just dropped through the roof. And since then they are very careful not to use the name of Jesus in that way. Hey, 'thou shalt not take the name of [my] Lord in vain'!

  2. You are right! I just tried it, and that is exactly what comes up. Some bug! Huh! Some times I wonder if things like these are because we Christians have failed, when the occasion demanded it, to stand up and contend for the faith that we have received.

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