Monday, March 21, 2011

What’s going on with you, Apple?

Apple has approved for itunes an app by Exodus International, which it rated as containing ‘no objectionable material’.  The app seeks to ‘cure’ people of homosexuality. Considering what innocent apps Apple has rejected on the grounds of offensive content (perhaps most famously and bewilderingly an ebook reader, on the grounds that it could conceivably – if you specifically searched for it - be used to read a text version of the Karma Sutra), this is an outrage. 

Homosexuality ‘conversion’ is a hateful, intolerant and aggressive stance on a mode of behaviour that is nobody’s business.  Nobody is being ‘helped’ by someone trying to make them straight.  It might, I suppose, superficially alleviate some feelings of guilt in the short term but:

  • These conversions are not going to stop people having sexual feelings toward people of the same sex, and
  • It’s religion that instilled these feelings of guilt in the first place.

There can be positive outcomes to homosexuality conversions, of course.  These are where the subject realises the hatred and hypocrisy of religion, drops it and lives a happy, guilt-free life.

It’s interesting that Exodus International are…..shall we say….shy? about explaining what the app is actually for.  The page of information on their site talks about access to news, social media, resources etc. but nowhere says what the app is about.  It doesn’t even mention homosexuality.  If it’s all so innocent and aimed at helping people, why is Exodus International so deceptive about the app’s purpose?

Truth Wins Out has organised a petition to pressure Apple to remove the app, which currently has nearly 20,000 signatures.

Personally, I don’t like Apple setting itself up as sole arbiter of what it’s acceptable to run on their hardware, but since that’s the position they’ve put themselves into, they need to be consistent and they need to be held accountable.

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