A gay rights group has collected 90,000 signatures to remove an iPhone app from a Christian Ministry for “homosexual strugglers” from iTunes.
The free app comes from Exodus International, a group that says it has “over 35 years of ministry experience…committed to encouraging, educating and equipping the Body of Christ to address the issue of homosexuality with grace and truth.”
The Exodus app, which was approved in the “lifestyle” category of iTunes February 15, is the subject of a change.org petition to have it removed from the Apple store.
So far over 90,00 people have signed it. The statement for the poll explains why they want it removed:
“This new iPhone app is the latest move in Exodus’ dangerous new strategy of targeting youth. In light of the recent wave of LGBT youth suicides, this tactic is particularly galling as it creates, legitimizes, and fuels the ostracism of LGBT youth by their families.”
There are plenty of questionable apps available on iTunes – from fart clones to belly jam – but only a few that Apple has approved, then removed because of protests.
They include Baby Shaker – where you silenced the kid by shaking the iPhone – which was whisked out of the iTunes store. Apple never made any comment as to how it got approved in the first place. Beauty Meter sounded innocuous enough: a user-generated beauty contest, where people rated the contestants. Too bad there were underaged girls and plenty of nudity. iSlam Muhammad offered to let downloaders “Enjoy violent and hateful passages from The Qur’an that support and encourage Muslims to attack and behead anyone who does not agree with them. See how Allah directs his followers to treat men and women.”
Apple still hasn’t responded to the firestorm over the Exodus app and the group behind the petition Truth Wins Out, has said it will stage a protest at Cupertino headquarters. They issued the following statement: “If Apple continues to bury its head in the sand, we will hold a press conference in front of their offices featuring sexual and spiritual abuse victims of “ex-gay” programs.”
Many of the customer reviews about the app on iTunes are from people who are upset that Apple has approved it.
“As a straight man i find this app offensive and totally inappropriate, we have young gay people around the world killing themselves as a direct result of religious beliefs and apple allows this, I am disgusted with Apple and will think twice before I purchase any more Apple products until this is removed from the site,” said Keith Hopster.
Last November, Apple pulled an app called the Manhattan Declaration from the iTunes store after outcry and over 7,000 signatures on an online poll that the content was an anti-gay and hate-mongering. The group behind the app asked to have it re-instated to no avail.
We’ve been down this road before: Apple has approved and occasionally pulled apps about dictators, Hooters and the Manhattan Declaration.
Should the Exodus app stay in iTunes?
Source: Truth Wins Out,iTunes