Google: religion is not ‘factual’ on abortion

The Christian Institute’s action against Google rumbled on today as the Internet giant attacked religious pro-life groups for not being ‘factual’ on abortion.

The Institute attempted to place an ad on the popular search engine to promote its anti-abortion articles. But Google refused saying it doesn’t allow ads for sites that mix religion and abortion.

Before now it has not been known why. But today Google UK’s media office told newspapers: “We only allow ads that have factual information about abortion.”

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The slur is likely to further alienate religious groups who are already highly critical of Google’s biased policy.

News of the Institute’s legal action has made global headlines, not least in the US where Google’s HQ is based.

Fox News, one of Americas most-watched news channels, is carrying the story on its website. The Institute has given interviews to a number of overseas radio chat shows.

Today’s Daily Mail features a follow-up story showing the highly controversial ads that Google allows while banning religious pro-life ads.

Websites selling knuckle-dusters and ouija boards as well as dating sites designed for married people who want to have affairs are advertised on Google.

Google advert

Mike Judge, Head of Communications at The Christian Institute, said: “For Google to feature ads like these when at the same time they ban our ad because we are ‘religious’ shows a warped set of values.

“To insinuate that religious groups are not factual on the issue of abortion is a huge insult to religious people across the globe.

“This is not a debate about the rights and wrongs of abortion. It is about free speech. You can be pro-abortion and still recognise that Google is acting unfairly.

“The real test of free speech is whether you allow those you disagree with to have their say. If you only allow your friends to promote their view, that is no free speech at all.”

View The Christian Institute’s ad as it would have looked

Google’s email to the Institute, refusing to accept the ad

The letter from the Institute’s solicitors to Google

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