Apple ‘Gay Cure’ Exodus app Petition Stands at 100,000 Signatures

Posted on Mar 21 2011 - 11:12pm by Matt Jackson

Apple has caused controversy again with an app dubbed a ‘gay cure’, the technology giants approved the app despite huge opposition even after the trouble caused by the Manhattan Declaration app late last year.

Exodus International, the app owner, wants to provide “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus” and is using the app to spread their message as any other organisation would. It provides the latest news and blog posts from the groups website. The app has received strong complaints from a group called Truth Wins Out.

Truth Wins out (TWO) is a non profit group whose aim is the exact opposite of Exodus International. Their goal is to stamp out anti-gay extremism and they have launched a petition on change.org to collect signatures of people who support their goals. TWO feels that the articles presented on the app are hateful and bigoted. They say the app uses ‘scare tactics’ and target young people by focusing on several suicides by lesbian, gay or bisexual teenagers.

The 100,000 113,000 strong petition is aimed at chief execs including Steve Jobs, it focuses on Apple’s own submission guidelines citing “any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected.” As before with the Manhattan Declaration Apple has not responded.

Do you think Apple should have approved the app or indeed do you think it should be removed?

Source: The Guardian

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  1. Myablincoln March 22, 2011 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Initially I decided to give two starts, but seeing the growing voices of anti religion bigotry happening around the world as well as so many hate-filled messages against religious organization here, I offer my supportive vote.
    For those who are offended by this app, my advice is please don’t download it, don’t even look at it or comment on it, you only making yourselves even more upset.
    The most outrageous thing I see that there are hundreds of apps that provides huge variety of entertainments for LGBT population and many receiving positive reactions, but would contribute such great efforts into pressuring Apple with a petition to take out or even ban one app that share a different view.
    You LGBT people are claiming to stand for equal opportunity and respects regardless of sexual orientation and believes. But ask yourself these questions:
    DO YOU SERIOUSLY BELIEVE THAT PUBLICLY AND CULTURALY SILENCING AND DEMONIZE THOSE WHO DON’T SHARE YOUR BELIEVE IS AN ACT IN ALIGNMENT WITH EQUAL RIGHT STANDARDS?
    HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHTFULLY AND CAREFULLY ARTICULATE THE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS FROM MANY RELIGIOUS IDEAS TO THIS SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY SECURED COUNTRY WHICH YOU ARE NOW ENJOYING BEFORE YOU WRITE YOUR HATEFUL WORDS AGAINST THEM?
    DO YOU HONESTLY BELIEVE YOU CAN SET A GOOD EXAPLE OF EQUAL RIGHTS BY LEGALLY LIMITING AND PROHEBITING VOICES OF THOSE WHO DON’T CONDOLE YOUR PRACTICES AND BELIEVES?
    You expected others to accept and have tolerance to your views on many social agendas, but you cannot even tolerate one small app that share a different opinion and even pressuring Apple to take out this app. THAT IS TYRANNY OF TOLERANCE.

  2. francesco March 23, 2011 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Yeah yeah how not. Tyranny of tolerance. Haha that s funny. Really. The day that glbt people will post program which consider heterosexuals sick, perverts, and that they can be cured maybe you ll can understand how we feel . Until now you just can't as i see. Damn america is a great place talking about the right to word, but damn, you can t see the difference between opinion and offensive comment. That s a sad thing. There s no right to offend people.

  3. Andre March 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Understand that sexual orientation is not a choice of belief. Did you choose your eye colour? So just ban this evil app.

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