Launched last month by Exodus International, a Christian group that believes in curing gays from same-sex desire, the app has garnered more than just signatures. Over 300 news articles were published on the subject, and the outcry spread deep into the mainstream. Confirming the app’s deletion, Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told CNET that the app was removed because “it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people.” Well, that’s comforting.
Truth Wins Out praised Apple for stepping up and doing what’s right. “Apple made a wise and responsible decision to dump an offensive app that demonized gay and lesbian people. The real winners today are LGBT youth who are safer and less at risk for receiving Exodus’ malice and misinformation,” said Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out.
On the flip side, Exodus International took to Twitter, claiming: “Apple Suppresses Diversity by Pulling iPhone Application.” While we’re not sure what kind of “diversity” they are really referring to, we do know that there is a fine line between diversity of opinion and claiming that gays can be cured of their same-sex attractions.
From Exodus International’s Press Release on Apple’s decision:
“Discrimination of thought and belief obstructs essential dialogue and authentic diversity,” said Chambers noting that Apple provides hundreds of apps specific to the GLBT community and has made the Gay Christian Network’s podcasts available on its iTunes store.“Ultimately, this issue comes down to what we, as a culture, believe about equality and the freedom to express our beliefs,” said Chambers. “It is our hope that Apple will reconsider its decision and allow our organization to be part of the ongoing conversation about the challenging issues many face today.”
It sounds like the group is already a part of the “ongoing conversation,” and that the “ongoing conversation” has determined that their app is harmful to a large group of people. So step off, and stop saying that gays can be cured!
We wonder, in the month that the app was up, how many people were affected by it. We sincerely hope that no tortured souls downloaded the app hoping to be cured, or led away from gay to hetero salvation. There is just so much potential harm from something like this…as there is no cure to homosexuality!
Geez, we were born this way. Didn’t you get the Gagamemo?