App Away The Gay

I love my iPhone, and I love new apps. I recently read about an app that claimed to help gay individuals become heterosexual through "biblical teaching." Launched six weeks ago, it has been removed by Apple from its app store.

More than 150,000 signatures were added to an online petition to remove the app created by Exodus International, a ministry that defines its mission as promoting "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ."

Exodus International accused Apple of suppressing diversity of opinion and ignoring the demands of its users by pulling its app, which the ministry said was downloaded nearly 16,000 times during the weeks it was available.

The Change.org petition to ban the app warned Apple was instituting a potentially "devastating" double standard by banning racist and anti-Semitic apps from iTunes, while "giving the green light to an app targeting vulnerable LGBT youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a 'sin that will make your heart sick' and a 'counterfeit.'"

Users both condemned and defended the Exodus International application on Apple's app store. As of March 19, the app had received 85 five-star reviews-- the highest rating-- and nearly twice as many one-star reviews.

It has been rumored Exodus International may consider resubmitting an application to Apple for consideration.

I'll stick with the "Cut the Rope" app, and I believe Apple made a sound decision to remove the Exodus International app.

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