A fascinating trend is emerging with Internet use. Basically, it is quite clear that some people don't like the sort of information that the Internet exposes them. In particular, they do not like objectivity. Witness Conservapedia, the 'conservative' (US usage; read as 'psycho god-bothering fascist') encyclopaedia, founded by someone who was offended by 'liberal bias' (US usage; read as 'truth') on Wikipedia. They aren't the only ones.
Via Damien, behold Catholic Google . Beyond the blatant trademark infringement (would God approve?), well, take a look at it. It's a Google Custom Search, with a horrible logo, and a Catholic bias.
Let's see what it gives us for a (very) common search term.
How about sex, then?
In the Vatican, you see, sex is for kids in Latin. Ahem. Note that the ads are not suitably censored.
Now, I don't think that anyone is going to seriously use this thing. If nothing else, it won't be 'round for long; Google tends to protect its trademark. I'd guess that at least 99% of queries are for naughty words.
But is it what the future holds? Is someone out there putting together a search engine for radical evangelical Christians or Muslims? People being people, I very much suspect so.
The apparent owner, by the way, also owns this highly classy Lourdes e-commerce site. It's the discount Catholic store, apparently! Mean-spirited books and showy religious tat, for less!
Excuse the vitriol; I'm unusually irritated with the Catholic church since the scary, evil old git of a pope mentioned that it was the church should 'protect man from himself' RE homosexuality. Hmm. Protect man from himself? How, I wonder? Maybe the whole Nazi Pope thing wasn't so far off the bat after all...