Google Goes Political
A pro-life charity is suing Google over the internet company’s refusal to display its anti-abortion advert.
The Christian Institute wanted to pay Google so that when the word “abortion” was typed into the search engine, a link to a web page on its views popped up on the right hand side of the screen.
The link would have read: “UK abortion law – news and views on abortion from the Christian Institute”, and users could click on it to access the website.
However, Google has a policy of declining sites which mix topics like abortion with religious views and it refused the request.
A spokesman for Google advertising said: “At this time, Google policy does not permit the advertisement of websites that contain abortion and religion-related content.”
The Christian Institute has started legal action against Google on the grounds that it is infringing the Equality Act 2006 by discriminating against Christian groups.
The charity will argue that Google accepts adverts for abortion clinics, secular pro-abortion sites and secularist sites which attack religion. It wants damages, costs and permission to display the advert.
A spokesman for the Christian Institute, Mike Judge, said: “For many people, Google is the doorway to the internet.
“If there is going to be a free exchange of ideas then Google cannot give special free speech rights to secular groups whilst censoring religious views.
“To say that religious sites with material on abortion are ‘unacceptable content’ while advertising pornography is ridiculous.”
Ann Widdecombe MP, a member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, supports the group in its plight.
She said: “It does seem to me to be the most appalling and blatant case of religious discrimination.”
The Christian Institute had hoped to advertise its online articles on pro-life issues ahead of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill arriving in the House of Commons next month.
I smell a big fat expensive settlement. –Jay