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100,000+ sign petition against “Gay Cure” iPhone App

Posted by Bradley Wint on 21/03/2011

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Amidst the controversy surrounding the new “Gay Cure” iPhone app, over 100,000 people have signed a petition asking Apple to remove the app from the store, even after it was approved with a 4/5 star rating.

The app was created by Exodus International to help transform those who are currently gay, into heterosexual servants of the Lord. They believe that those who are not aligned to God’s path should not be punished, but rather rehabilitated towards to correct line. The app really is a mobile version of the website, linking to all the latest news posts and events, to hopefully get interested individuals to take part.

However, the petition was started on Change.org by a non-profit LGBT organization called Truth Wins Out because they felt that it is everyone’s right to choose their sexual preference and that Exodus is “claiming to provide ‘freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ’ and use scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions of LGBT life to recruit clients.”

Apple’s approval of the app sparked quite a lot of outrage among many people and they are still wondering how such application did not have material of questionable nature.

Currently the app has a 2 star rating, with many more one star ratings coming in.

Some of the comments are as follows:

No stars for harmful app

by James Gary

The American Psychological Association has concluded, in lengthy studies, that “ex-gay” therapy does not work, and is harmful.

Accept who you are. It’s not a choice. Anything to the contrary is blasphemy.

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Shameful

by Biblehumper

What a shameful, deceptive app. What’s next, Apple? An app by KKK complete with gps tracker of nearby black people?

Disgusting.

Clearly Apple has not used any form of ethics to approve the app since the very nature of the app does trigger emotional concern among a growing community, as well as other supporters of homosexuality.

At the end of the day, it’s all about free speech and Apple may most likely cave if they feel that the negative backlash is enough to harm their product name. According their rule of “being offensive to large groups of people”, this situation does seem more than big enough for a removal. It may be a question of time before it is removed, mainly because such a backlash can harm the company’s brand.

 

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  • bosshog

    If you don’t like it don’t download it. If they remove this app then they need to remove all the apps that support gay’s because it is very offensive to those who do not agree with homosexuality. So will Apple homosexuals have a double standard where its okay to offend people as long as its not “me”

  • IQ

    Bosshog you idiot, what apps “support gays”??

    Seriously if you get offended by other people choices you clearly have bigger problems off your own. Any half intelligent person can reason for themselves that religion is nonsense. Hating a group of people because it goes against a ridiculous story you chose to believe in is ignorant.

  • Sagaking

    There are several pro-gay apps on iPhone. BTW, it is a choice.

  • https://www.blogtechnical.com Bradley Wint

    It’s based on a principle of offense on a large scale, so if there is enough support, Apple may remove it. I don’t see anyone making a fuss for pro-gay apps… not even sure if there is one.

  • https://www.blogtechnical.com Bradley Wint

    Ah thanks for clearing that up. The fact that no one has protested over the pro gay apps gives the anti gay supporters no ground to stand on. Maybe there may have been a few outcries, but nothing significant to call for the outright removal of the app.

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