11 July 2012

American Family Association Threatens Google Boycott

I so do love the American Family Association.  After all, thanks to them we're almost guaranteed energy independence once we figure out how to convert ignorant vitriol and ill-conceived hyperbole into an alternate energy source.  Until then, however, we'll just have to settle for being amused by their appallingly stupid efforts as well as their poorly lettered arguments.

What specifically are they talking about lately? Google.  The internet giant decided to show an actual moral backbone, rolled out plans to combat anti-LGBQ legislation world-wide.  The AFA is not happy, so much so that they're threatening a boycott:

We are a part of boycotting efforts similar to this with other businesses — this is going to be a hard one for a lot of us.
It's more than just a search engine. Many of us have Android phones ... many of us use Google Calendar, Google Tasks, and Gmail... YouTube, and all the other things, it's not just the search engine.

Good riddance.  If less mindless evangelicals like the AFA and its followers quit using Google, maybe I won't have to deal with their pitches coming at me from Google Ads.*  Of course, I suspect that this is more bluster than anything else.  Like it or not, hate groups like the AFA need services like Google to survive.  Without it, they'll increasingly have trouble reaching their bigoted, ignorant audiences with their intellectually bankrupt ideas.  So as much as I wish they would follow through, I somehow doubt we'll be that lucky.

*On this front, though, nothing quite beats Facebook.  Their creepily racy Christian dating ads ("Barely legal saved girls are waiting for you to treat them like second class citizens in [LOCATION] NOW!") always manage to simultaneously amuse and horrify.

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