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iTunes slammed over 'gay cure' app

2011-03-22 14:04

San Francisco - Apple on Monday was under pressure to yank a so-called "gay cure" application from its iTunes shop for software for iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices.

More than 110 000 people had electronically signed an online petition at a change.org website calling for Apple to remove the Exodus International application from iTunes.

Exodus, a Florida-based Christian group that advocates freeing oneself from homosexuality through religion, has publicly condemned the petition as an assault on free speech and an improper spin on the application's purpose.

The free software program links users to Exodus information including videos, podcasts, a Twitter feed, and the group's page at social networking service Facebook.

Exodus boasted at its website that Apple ranked its program as containing "no objectionable material".

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"This application is designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders," Exodus said.

"We hope to reach a broader demographic and readily provide information that is crucial for many seeking hope and encouragement," the message continued.

The online petition picking up momentum on Monday expressed shock at iTunes approving an app from "a notoriously anti-gay organisation" that used "scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions".

Exodus advocates "reparative therapy" to change the sexual orientation of homosexuals.

"No objectionable content?" a message at the petition page at change.org asked rhetorically. "We beg to differ. Exodus's message is hateful and bigoted.

Comments
  • daaivark - 2011-03-22 14:19

    Sick people wanting to "cure" a non-disease. Very neat.....

      Samuel - 2011-03-22 14:30

      I agree. Unfortunately people will always hate and kill in the name of God...sad but true. So much for God is Love...

      JMan - 2011-03-22 15:40

      Funny how these nuts go from being gay to "beastiality and paedophilia" in one sentence.... I'm not gay, but this is ridiculous. Each to his/her own. Its 2011 afterall.

      John - 2011-03-22 15:42

      @Jack - bestiality and homosexualy are worlds apart! Get your facts right before you pass judgement. I guess you must be a "Christian" - not suppose to judge hey?!

      barkers - 2011-03-22 16:59

      @Jack, your mentality is frightening! YOU, are all that is wrong in this world...sick f@#K!

  • patrickb - 2011-03-22 14:26

    Instead of "curing" gay people, the religious "self appointed custodians of humanity" should rather work on curing stupidity. Should such a cure eventually be found, I am sure they will feel much better.

      Jack - 2011-03-22 15:18

      Keep hoping Patrick, you may yet be cured.

  • muschook - 2011-03-22 14:33

    Such a cool app! What is the big fuss about? Maybe it actually works?

      Gallows - 2011-03-22 14:41

      Try it, let us know!

  • buzz - 2011-03-22 14:49

    Guys its free speech, not hate speech. If there are people out there who would like to use this app, who are we to deny them? Some may say it doesn't work, but do they really know that? And surely, if I want to use such an app, I should have the chance - since clearly it is not harming anyone else.

  • Pulverturm - 2011-03-22 14:58

    If someone really wants to subject themselves to an application that purports to be able to "cure" homosexuality, then that is their choice. Mainsteam medicine and science knows it is not possible and can even infact cause a great deal of harm to ones psyche, but to be honest, so is alcohol, gambling and living a lifestyle of instant gratification. Can't say I agree with it, but people don't tell me I can't download the likes of Grindr (a gay dating app) so who am I to tell them they can't download an app to "cure" their homosexuality?

  • LibranDiva - 2011-03-22 15:06

    Bible bashers *smh*

      Jack - 2011-03-22 15:21

      Lay off the vegies and eat some meat. That stiff upper lip does not clasify as a 'hard-on'.

  • Lawence - 2011-03-22 15:56

    I have no opinion on this app, but I was amused to read that the head of one of these (government sponsored) antigay/gay cure organization had a rent boy with him for 2 years while he travelled the world 'curing gays'. His ‘personal assistant’, the rent boy said it got ‘very personal’. Hippocrates

      LUFC - 2011-03-22 16:51

      haahah!

  • LUFC - 2011-03-22 16:51

    This is just sad. The entire thing. Making the app / signing a petition / being offended by it etc etc. Pathetic

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