Tell the Apple iTunes Store to remove anti-gay, anti-choice iPhone application
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Tell the Apple iTunes Store to remove anti-gay, anti-choice iPhone application

    1. Petition by

      Michael Rogers

      Washington, DC

November 2010


An iPhone application from the anti-gay activists behind the Manhattan Declaration called gay people "sexually immoral," and suggested that same-sex marriage would lead to the end of civilization. Noting that this application violated Apple's policy on offensive material, more than 7,700 members emailed the company to ask them to pull the app. Apple did, responding that the app in question "violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people." Efforts to resubmit the application have also failed, with Apple taking a clear position that homophobic apps have no business being sold on iTunes.

Last month, The Apple iTunes Store approved and made available an application for the iPhone that invites users to join anti-gay and anti-choice campaigns, Jeremy Hooper of the popular blog reported. As Jeremy explains, social conservatives like Watergate Criminal Chuck Colson created the Manhattan Declaration, a set of anti-choice and anti-LGBT beliefs, to promote restrictions on women's choice and LGBT equality.

Want to join the hate fest? There's an app for that!

Download the app and the Manhattan Declaration's so-called "survey" will invite you to answer questions like: Do you believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman? And, Do you support the right of choice regarding abortion? Once you answer the four questions a screen pops up and you learn that "survey" is actually not a "survey," but a "test." If you answer the questions the way pro-choice, pro-equality folks do, you'll be rewarded with this screen: "SURVEY COMPLETE! 0%, You answered 0 out of 4 questions correct. [sic]"

Users of the application are also asked to sign onto a set right-wing talking points that would make the average MSNBC viewer's head spin.  This part of the application helps users support the elimination of choice for women, and stop the march to equality for LGBT people. Not enough? They're also all about the elimination of any separation between church and state.

You can see the web listing for the application here. Apple rates it a 4+. And what exactly is a 4+? "No objectionable material."  Huh?

Supporters of equal rights and the right of women to control their own bodies must stand together and say to Apple: "Applications that support hate and division have no place in the iTunes Store." Apple needs to hear from concerned people now! Let's send a strong message to Apple that supporting homophobia and efforts to restrict choice is bad business.

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