The only problem is, it's a lie.
Everybody knows that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are atheists. They're an easy target for evangelical Christian preachers and bloggers. These right-wing opinion leaders love to invoke the Underdog Meme: the idea that somehow Christians, who make up roughly 80% of America's population, are being persecuted. It's laughable on the face of it. But it's also effective. People fall for it.
So when a headline proclaims that Google Apps are free to everyone except churches, people are primed to swallow the lie ... hook, line and sinker. The preachers shout, and the bloggers write:
"The company whose unofficial motto is 'Don't Be Evil,' apparently has a new commandment: Thou shalt not give discounts to churches."The truth is that Google bans many worthy non-profit organizations, including any group "that use religion or sexual orientation as factor in hiring or populations served." Worthy non-profit groups that are not eligible for Google Apps include:
- Child-care centers
- Colleges and Universities
- Consumer credit counseling
- Vehicle donation programs
- Places of worship
- Think tanks and special-interest groups
But Christians are the underdogs, aren't they? They're always facing discrimination and hatred from the evil atheists who are taking over the world.