Christians Hit Back at Apple for Blocking 'Anti-Gay' App
Leaders call for reinstatement of 'Manhattan Declaration'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2010 6:21 AM CST
Apple's app store is turning into a gay rights battleground.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – Christian leaders are crying foul over Apple's decision to pull an iPhone app opposing gay marriage from its app store for being "offensive to large numbers of people." They have written to Steve Jobs to protest the move, and urged supporters of the "Manhattan Declaration" app to sign a petition to reinstate it, ABC reports—and 16,000 people have done so. That's more than twice as many signatures as were on the petition that spurred Apple to remove the app.

"Apple pulled the app shortly after a small but very vocal protest by those who favor gay marriage and abortion," the Manhattan Declaration writers said in a press release. "These groups claim that the Manhattan Declaration promotes 'homophobia' and that its supporters are 'anti-gay.' We emphasize with great sincerity that 'disagreement' is not 'gay-bashing.'" The app contains the text of the Manhattan Declaration, which urges Christians to "resist sexual immorality," continuing: "We acknowledge that there are those who are disposed towards homosexual and polyamorous conduct and relationships, just as there are those who are disposed towards other forms of immoral conduct." Click here for more on the story.

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Mar 20, 2011 3:47 AM CDT
If you have a public communications company, you have a responsibility to see that certain views are not suppressed. This is a dangerous thing to do in a free society. - Evangelical leader and former Nixon aide Chuck Colson Well Chuck, Apple is not a communications company it's a computer hardware company. Disallowing this app is no different than disallowing Adobe Flash on the iPhone. However, the alternative is creating an App for the Android phones, though once that happens the issue will fall into obscurity where it belongs.
Dec 7, 2010 6:36 AM CST
It's a shame that I came to a atheist site.Just remember.You all have been warned before you die.Read about the wars and rumors of wars that came to pass what the Bible has stated.Christians will be persecuted before there time of redemption.You will all reap what you sow.Hell is real and it is 3,600 miles into the Earths core.Stupid people.Quote"23 minutes in Hell"-by Bill Weiss.
Dec 6, 2010 10:10 PM CST
Well, Apple receives around 10,000 app submissions per week, that's a being responsible attitude toward users~~I'll support Apple's decision. Sexual immorality, LOL BTW: why not develop some good apps like this free yet cool apps: Best free Christmas iPad Apps for download .