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Apple rejects "Manhattan Declaration" app for second time

updated 06:40 pm EST, Wed December 29, 2010

Company believes app promotes intolerance

Apple has again rejected a revised app version of the "Manhattan Declaration," a document written and signed by various leaders in the conservative-christian community, according to a report from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Apple originally approved, then rejected the app earlier this month in response to petitions and criticism from gay and progressive groups. The new version was rejected for the same reasons as previously given, the company's belief that the app would "expose a group to harm" and that the intent of the app is to be "objectionable and potentially harmful to others."

The actual declaration calls for signatories to be anti-abortion, pro-traditional marriage and to engage in civil disobedience where existing law is in conflict with Christian dogma. It directly refers to gay relationships as "immoral sexual partnerships," and says marriage "is not a civil right" for gay people. It promotes the sanctity of life in opposing abortion, genocide, ethnic "cleansing" and sexual trafficking, though as critics point out it is completely silent on the topics of war or capital punishment. Likewise, the document ordains that marriage is between one man and one woman ("as a reproductive unit"), but does not actually condemn divorce or remarriage.

The original app version offered a copy of the document for reading and signing, but also added a "poll" on the principles of the document that only awarded points to "correct" answers affirming the document's anti-abortion, anti-gay message. The revised version removed the poll, and was submitted with a petition in favor of reinstating the app, but was rejected again.

The app's developers plan to appeal the rejection to Apple's App Review Board after the holidays. The web site for the document is currently hosting another petition to get the app reinstated. [via GLAAD]

by MacNN Staff




  1. sibeale1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    Liberals have a reputation for being tolerant, but I think it's time for liberals to be frankly political and vocal. These hypocritical bible-thumping animals need to be put in their place. There should be no tolerance of their divisive, backward, inconsistent, Neanderthal agenda (pardon if I'm slandering Neanderthals, which are apparently part of our ancestral gene pool). Tell these goons to go to h*** (they claim to know better than anyone where it is).

  1. rtamesis

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They have an alternative soap box

    Why don't the developers of Manhattan Declaration just make it available on Android phones then? After all, there are supposed to be fewer restrictions on that "open" platform for such apps.


    Joined: Dec 1969


    Never heard of the group until

    This move by Apple. I perused their site and couldn't find anything objectionable myself. It seems more like pandering to a vocal minority than anything else. Also seems like they accomplished quite a lot for the group who wrote the app by pulling the app as it has now been seen by many more people.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The short road to hypocrisy

    "Liberals have a reputation for being tolerant, but I think it's time for liberals to be frankly political and vocal"

    Read: "It's time to be intolerant."

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  1. trinko

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Liberals are never tolerant

    The first voice calling for censorship and lack of tolerance is always liberal. Liberals called Bush a n***, call anyone who objects to Obama's policy a racist, and anyone who supports the >2000 year old Western concept that marriage is between a man and a woman a bigot.

    Liberals want to have the FCC censor Rush Limbaugh and they want to censor the Manhattan declaration. Liberals pass laws that make it illegal to peacefully walk up to a woman entering an abortion mill and offer her a pamphlet. Can you imagine if conservatives tried to make it illegal to protest in front of military recruitment centers how incensed Liberals would be? Hypocrisy thy name is Liberalism.

    What do liberals tolerate that they don't approve of? They want to take away the tax exempt status of churches that oppose abortion but not of those churches that oppose the war in Iraq. Liberals rely on unelected judges to enact their will. Liberals couldn't get abortion on demand through any legislator in the nation so they used the Supreme Court. The people of California twice voted against same s** marriage and liberals are using judges to overrule the will of the people. Real tolerance that.

    Sorry about the rant but I'm a bit tired of liberal sanctimoniousness. If you think that it's ok for g*** to "marry" even though studies show that monogamous long term g** relationships are essentially non-existent that's your prerogative. But shutting down the free speech of those who agree with you is not.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    name calling

    I call trinko a bigot.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hate Speech

    Hate speech is hate speech no matter how polite.

  1. mjtomlin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "liberals are never tolerant"

    That's the dumbest thing I believe anyone has ever posted here. Maybe you're using the wrong word to label people? Or are you watching too much Fox News? That channel throws "liberal" around like it's a bad word or something.

    To be liberal means to tolerate and be open minded. If you're not, you're not being liberal. Conservatism means to keep as is, not change.

    Honestly, why would you care who gets married? What bearing could it possibly have on your life if two guys in Massachusetts got married? I don't understand what you stand to lose? And who cares what studies show, that's completely prejudice and it does not reflect individuals. Half of all straight marriages end in divorce. Maybe we should ban marriage altogether?

    There's nothing wrong with either. People need to be liberal and excepting of other's wishes even though they may be conservative in their own life. This is called respect. You don't have to agree or like a lifestyle, but there's no need for oppression either.

    Your title should've been, "Self-righteous people are never tolerant". It's got nothing to do with liberalism or conservatism or being a Democrat or Republican.

  1. chas_m



    I am both liberal and conservative

    I am liberal with my time for friends, and conservative with my use of natural resources. :)

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Ol bean, regurgitating what your masters have told you wont fly as a valid argument.
    Your lack of tolerance is showing.

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