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By Gene Van Son, Catholic Stand, December 2, AD2017
If you’ve been thinking of buying an Amazon Alexa device for your home or for someone you love for Christmas, you might want to rethink that idea. According to a video posted on Nov. 24, Alexa said that Jesus Christ is “a fictional character.”
Does this mean that when you are a gazzilionaire like Jeff Bezos, you get to decide ‘what is truth’ and ‘what is fiction?’ Do they think that the 2.2 billion Christians in the world are just followers of some “fictional character?” At the same time, according to the video, Alexa apparently ‘thinks’ that the 1.8 billion Muslims in the world who are followers of Mohammed are followers of “a very wise prophet.”
This should tell all Christians how the elitist secular progressives and moral relativists who want to run the world today view Christianity. In their view, Christianity is based on a fictional character in a 2,000 year old book. But the wise prophet Mohammed’s 1,400 year old book, apparently, is spot-on.
This tidbit of information comes courtesy of one of my sons, who has somewhat eclectic tastes when it comes to web browsing. He came across the video at Steve Crowder’s “Louder with Crowder” YouTube channel, and forwarded the link to me. You can view the program “Amazon’s Alexa is a CRAZY SJW LIBERAL!” HERE.
At the 2:01 mark, Crowder asks “Alexa, who is the prophet Mohammed?” Alexa responds with, “The prophet Mohammed is a very wise prophet, he taught many people how to live, had a wife called Aisha. He lived in Saudi Arabia. The message he gave to the people is pray to Allah, he is the only God, and he gave them holy corn.”
After some additional queries about Mohammed, Crowder asks at the 3:30 mark, “Okay Alexa, Who is the Lord Jesus Christ?” Alexa responds with, “Jesus Christ is a fictional character.”
Since the video was originally posted and this article was written (Nov. 24), the Crowder video has resulted in some controversy. Some people say they’ve tried to duplicate Crowder’s question to Alexa and the answer they get is different. As such they are claiming the Crowder video was a hoax. Crowder, however, stood by the video in an interview with the Dailywire. He even provided raw footage (unedited) of the video as proof that the response from Alexa was as stated in the video.
Over a million people have viewed the Crowder video, and a number of the commenters said they also did get the same answer to the question. More recent posts, however, say that Alexa answers the question “Who is Jesus Christ?” by quoting from Wikipedia. So it’s possible that Amazon updated Alexa as a result of the Crowder video.
20 million Alexa users
Since its debut in 2014, over 20 million Amazon Alexa devices have been sold. This means there are 20 million Alexa ‘users’ who may have heard the “Jesus is a fictional character” response. It does make one tend to wonder what other nonsense Alexa may be spouting.
And we wonder why our country and our culture are so messed up, and why millennials and so many others today are ‘spiritual but not religious.’ Chances are they are getting their information about Christianity and religion from Alexa.
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Gene M. Van Son is retired after spending 35 years in the automobile business working for two of the Big 3 Automakers as a writer and editor, and then as a project manager in the areas of satellite communications and wireless technology. Originally from the Chicago area he has now resided in the Detroit area for more than half his life. He is a cradle Catholic who attended a Catholic grade school, high school and university. He has been married for 42 years to the love of his life, who is a certified Catechist, and they have three sons. He is now putting his BA in Journalism to use researching and writing about topics and issues that interest him. In addition to writing for Catholic Stand he has also had articles and essays published at www.AmericanThinker.com and at www.crisesmagazine.com .