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
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.
"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