Here we have these sick religious groups who think they can change the world, yea I’ll tell you what they’re doing, they’re making the world a worse place!. I’ll tell you who’s sick, it’s these exact people who send out propaganda, and it’s the same religious groups that spread hate and cause destruction. If it weren’t for them this world would be a much better place.
Go back to your churches or whatever it is you go to worship and leave non-religious people out of it, ya fools!
And the people at Apple should be ashamed of themselves, those damn fools!
Apple is coming under fire from gay rights activists for its decision to list an iPhone app on its online app store created by Exodus International, an anti-gay religious organization that promotes the idea that homosexuality can be “cured.” More than 125,000 people have signed an online petition asking for the app, pictured above, to be removed from the app store.
Exodus International Website
Apple is coming under fire from gay-rights activists for listing an iPhone app created by an anti-gay religious organization that promotes “reparative therapy” for those who want to “recover from homosexuality.”
More than 125,000 people have signed an online petition asking the world’s biggest computer maker to remove the free app released last month by Exodus International, a ministry group that cites homosexual tendencies as “one of many conditions that beset fallen humanity.”
The app, released Feb. 15, provides users with an event calendar, podcasts, video, “real answers,” “real stories” and links to Twitter and Facebook, and is “designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders,” according to Exodus International’s website.
It has also received a 4+ approval rating from Apple, meaning the app contains “no objectionable material,” a fact Exodus points out on its website.
But gay-rights activists disagree, saying the group’s app promotes discrimination against those in the LBGT community and therefore goes against Apple’s own guidelines that dictate what the company can list on its online app store.
“Exodus’s message is hateful and bigoted,” says a message accompanying the Change.org petition launched by the Burlington, Vt.-based LBGT advocacy organization Truth Wins Out. “They claim to offer ‘freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ’ and use scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions of LGBT life to recruit clients.”
“This app directs people to a website that portrays gay people as sick,” Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out, told the Star. “Exodus’s message is that gay people don’t exist and that we’re just misbehaving heterosexuals.”
Neither Exodus International nor Apple has responded to interview requests from the Star.
Apple’s developer guidelines state that “any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harm’s way will be rejected.”
In December, Apple removed an app from the iTunes store entitled the Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto created by various religious leaders that cites homosexual relationships as “immoral.” The computer maker initially gave that app a 4+ rating, as well, before removing it after an online petition asking for the app to be taken down received close to 7,000 signatures.
An Exodus policy statement on its website says “reorientation” of same-sex attraction is possible and that homosexuality is a “multi-causal, developmental disorder that can be overcome with the help of professional counsellors and that an individual can experience transformation through the healing power of Jesus Christ.”
To date, Besen says his organization has heard nothing from Apple regarding the Exodus app.
“We’re absolutely stunned that Apple has remained silent in the face of enormous criticism and the alienation of a customer base,” he said. “I’ve never seen such a ‘bury-your-head-in-the-sand’ mentality. Apple needs to understand that this is going to elevate to press conferences and protests if they don’t take down the app.”
Besen argues that because Apple is the gatekeeper for all apps available on the iTunes store, by making the Exodus app available, the company must approve of it.
“This is an infuriating and horrible business decision. Apple needs to move quickly or they risk tarnishing their brand.”
Helen Kennedy, executive director of Egale, a Canadian LGBT human rights organization, says she contacted Apple’s marketing director Tuesday morning to ask that the Exodus app be taken down.
“Providing an application such as this for something as popular as the iPhone legitimizes people being homophobic,” Kennedy said. “What you’re telling people, particularly young people, is that it’s not okay to be gay. It stereotypes gay people, and it is offensive.”
A recent report by the American Psychological Association found no evidence that “reparative therapy” that seeks to change sexual orientation works.
The report, which examined 83 studies on sexual orientation change over a 50-year period, said efforts by mental-health professionals, let alone religious counsellors, to change people’s sexual orientation could result in depression and suicidal tendencies.
“Practitioners can assist clients through therapies that do not attempt to change sexual orientation, but rather involve acceptance, support and identity exploration and development without imposing a specific identity outcome,” says the report.