While my eyes are still rolling around in my head from the recent Google decision to ban the sale of firearms and ammunition on their shopping site, Google, apparently sensing that I needed another reason to not use their service, has announced its new campaign to tell countries how to think and feel.
The campaign, misleadingly labeled the“Legalize Love” campaign, is a new, ambitious project unveiled by Google, a company that combines the totalitarian feel of Orwell’s Big Brother with the technological omnipresence of Terminator’s Cyberdyne.
The campaign is a push of gay marriage in countries that may otherwise be averse to it. While the company alleges that it is only trying to, “promote safer conditions for gay and lesbian people inside and outside the office in countries with anti-gay laws on the books,” it is specifically targeting countries that have not legalized gay marriage and is starting the in-your-face campaign in Singapore and Poland. Both countries have yet to legalize gay marriage, but Google, apparently, knows better how the countries should run.
Since Singapore is on the rise and wishing to maintain financial institutions, Google has honed in the country to enforce their social mandate. Google’s Mark Palmer- Edgecumbe stated,
“Singapore wants to be a global financial center and world leader and we can push them on the fact that being a global center and a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation.”
Sure, nothing says “tolerance” like corporate arm-twisting to curb national policies and social viewpoints.
Google has also focused on Poland, a heavily Roman Catholic country. With 79% of Poles against gay marriage, it might behoove Google to respect the majority opinion in another country and allow them to- oh, I don’t know- make their own decisions.
Guess again. In a statement, Google stated,
“We are proud to be recognised as a leader in LGBT inclusion efforts, but there is still a long way to go to achieve full equality. Legalise Love is our call to decriminalise homosexuality and eliminate homophobia around the world.
At Google, we encourage people to bring their whole selves to work. In all of our 60 offices around the world, we are committed to cultivating a work environment where Googlers can be themselves and thrive. We also want our employees to have the same inclusive experience outside of the office, as they do at work, and for LGBT communities to be safe and to be accepted wherever they are.”
While many may agree with the stance, I neglect to see why Google is now in the activist business. Sure, companies are made up of people and people have opinions. But a company should be focused on providing value to customers and less focused on shoving a social agenda in peoples’ faces. For crying out loud, I can’t even eat a cookie anymore without getting an agenda shoved in my face.
“And, of course, Google is going nowhere near Muslim countries in the Arab world. Just like the feminist movement, which ignores abuses in the Muslim world because feminists only target those who won’t kill them for speaking out, Google is targeting places it thinks will cave to its pressure.”
This is not the first time the liberal organization has wielded its influence. In 2008, the company’s co-founder and president Sergey Brin was a strong opponent of California Prop 8, the ban on gay marriage.
It is entirely too arrogant for a company to push this kind of social agenda in countries that are opposed to it. Google, far from securing freedom for its homosexual employees or any other flimsy pretense, is merely pushing social engineering in countries that don’t feel the same way the hipster liberals at Google feel.
This is not about gay marriage. It is about an overreach by Google to enforce its ideology on countries that have a right to govern themselves. Google should be in the business of technological innovation. It should not be in the business of dictating public policy. They have a right to be the loud-mouthed Rosie O’Donnell of the business world. But I, and others, have the right to abstain from using their product. As for me, I like my search engine to be apolitical.