Apple has opened itself up to attack after it has approved a Gay Cure App for its iTunes Store. The application at the centre of the controversy claims to help users find freedom from homosexuality.
Jane Fae Ozimek from The Register is reporting that an organization which fights against anti-gay religious extremism, Truth Wins Out, has launched a petition asking Apple CEO Steve Jobs to remove the app. The Exodus International ministry is responsible for the application.
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People who sign up for the petition also get a letter which states “Apple has long been a friend of the LGBT community”. It goes on to say how Apple has supported the community, and earns a 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.
Since the petition was started last week it has already received 17,000 people signing up to it, but as word of the app spreads this figure is set to rocket. Those responsible for the app claims to be “the world’s largest ministry to individuals and families impacted by homosexuality”.
Exodus International on its site claims homosexuality is outside “God’s will”. The app last week has been given a 4+ rating from Apple on the App Store. TWO are disgusted with the app and have described it as unacceptable, and want it removed immediately.
They feel as Apple would never allow anti-Semitic or racist apps, allowing this anti-gay application Apple are guilty of double standards. Apple was faced with a similar situation last year with an app which was against gay marriage, but they sided with gay rights and removed the app.
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