Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Apple Blasted by Gay Groups Opposing New 'Gay-Cure' App, Petition Circulated

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 7:31 AM

click to enlarge even ex-gays are gay
  • even ex-gays are gay

Update: Apple removes "offensive" app. Read more here.

Oh, they are pissed. Gay advocacy groups have circulated an online petition, demanding that Apple get rid of the "offensive and mean-spirited" iPhone app created to strip away "unwanted" homosexual desires among its users.

Truth Wins Out, a gay rights group, has already collected more than 128,000 signatures less than 24 hours after launching the petition Monday afternoon.

The free app was created by the well-known, ex-gay religious group Exodus International, which claims it's helping people to resist the temptation.


The app includes updates from the group, as well as a schedule of

upcoming events.

Exodus also includes stories from people who write that the service

freed them "of the bondage of unwanted same-sex attraction."

The controversial app, which has received no objections from Apple, has sparked a nationwide debate over whether the company is violating its own guidelines by allowing this "gay-cure" app to be sold.

"Exodus' message is hateful and bigoted," the petition reads.

In a Christian Post article today, Exodus International responded to the petition, shedding some light on what it is the group is trying to accomplish. According to the article, Exodus leaders state they are not trying cure gay people, rather they are trying to help gay people who want to be cured.

Big difference.

"We are helping those who have unwanted same-sex attractions. Those

who are gay or identify themselves that way, in no way, shape, or form

are we trying to speak to their position or trying to impose anything

upon them," said Jeff Buchanan,

Exodus International's senior director of church equipping and student ministries.

"Exodus believes the opposite of homosexuality is not

heterosexuality. It is holiness. We promote the belief that one can live

a life that is congruent with their faith -- that is our mission. Period. "

Follow us on Twitter at @SFWeekly and @TheSnitchSF

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , , ,

About The Author

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Bio:
Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"