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Apple pulls anti-gay app from App Store

updated 11:55 am EDT, Wed March 23, 2011

Public pressure likely cause

Apple has removed a widely-criticized anti-gay app from the App Store. The title was created by Exodus International, a group that claims to "provide support for individuals who want to recover from homosexuality." It quickly drew the ire of the public however, fueled by attention from gay rights groups including Truth Wins Out and PFLAG.

The driving factor in the removal may have been Truth Wins Out's petition, which was highly publicized, and accumulated more than 146,000 names by the time its goals were met. TWO has called Exodus "hateful and bigoted," and charged that the group's supposed therapies are opposed by the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association. PFLAG is better known than TWO, however, and its open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs may have got his attention.

Both gay rights organizations say that the Exodus app was in violation of App Store policies. Specifically, Apple states that it blocks apps which are "defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms [sic] way." Exodus' website calls homosexuality "outside of God's will" and a "destructive" practice.






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  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -22

    If one opposes the practices of these pro g**

    affiliations... you will get THEIR wrath.

    Too bad they aren't more concerned about God's wrath. God is Love but he is also a God of Justice and it is all spelled out, in detail in Leviticus. Look it up.

    The usual cop out is that THESE are "different times." As Jesus said, "I am the same today, yesterday, and forever." So it is timeless whether one likes it or not.

    Let the hate mail begin for my position.

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  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -20

    So what have we learned?

    It's Apple's iUniverse and Apple is more powerful than your god.

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  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -16

    Correction

    Sorry, Apple is not even the more powerful "god" .... it's the petition.

  1. Nate83

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +16

    @Bobfozz

    Just curious if you are walking the "straight-and-narrow" yourself, since you're so quick to condemn others. You sound like the type that gives Christianity a bad name. My guess is Jesus would be interacting and building relationships with g** people if he were alive today. I highly doubt he would be bashing them in on the blogs.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    The petition?

    So it was the petition that clicked the Delete App button? Nope it was Apple who said, we agree or at will give the grease to the squeaky wheel.

    In any case, it's apple's garden and theirs to do with as they please.

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Apple is a pro-g** company

    They always have been. And I don't see any indication that they believe being g** is something inherently wrong requiring treatment. Why would you want to support them with your money if you feel otherwise?

    Go play in the wild, wild West of Android Marketplace if you want a store without curation. Apple's clearly not for you.

  1. Roger@MacNN

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +12

    @Bobfozz

    Reminds me of a joke from George Carlin:

    "And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time! ...but he loves you."

    I'm not sure that a god that supposedly loves us yet threatens to burn us for all eternity is entirely plausible, especially if he's overwhelming concerned with where two people who love each other are placing their private bits.

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  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -12

    Apple's Garden

    Apple can continue to play god by not pushing the "deleting the app" button. But it gave in to the mass to safe its own image and profit making. The last thing Apple wants is massive match and demonstrators in front of the stores and head quarter.

  1. sibeale1

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    My God's better than your God.

    What we need is an app from an organization to provide support for individuals who want to recover from bigotry and misapplied Christian mythology.

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +22

    Disappointed

    Im bisexual and one of my roommates is g** and im totally anti religious but in all honestly im disappointed in the Pro g** groups more then anything. The power of speech and the right to protect it out weighs any hurt feelings something like this App causes. Unless the App itself was calling for people to attack g** people and to burn the homes of g** people and the sort, the stuff that actually incites violence I cant see any reason why they can't have there opinion herd. Its not that I agree with the message they try to send but its to protect other unpopular speech that I might have a interest in. People are to easily offended these last few decades. Woman, special interest groups, handy cap people cry fowl way to often. The very thing that gives them the right to speak is being used to take away from others. It was not to long ago that g** material would have been censored because it was unpopular. To turn around and do the exact same to those that oppose them is no different then those that opposed g** material 3 decades ago.

    I rather live in a world where I can see g** books, n*** books, anti religious books, anti g** books, white power books and multi-culture books all together then seeing only what is currently acceptable by the mass. I definitely wouldn't read the n*** and white power books but I wouldn't want to stop them from being there either. Same goes for the App store. Unless its calling for violence itself, just because its offensive doesn't mean it shouldn't be there.

    The TERM HOLIDAY TREE IS OFFENSIVE so if I had my way because of that no commercial on TV would ever use that term again. But then if they went back to Christmas Tree some one else would be offended by that too. I think people who feel offended should STFU. Only dangerous stuff, stuff that calls for violence should be banned.

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