Jobs’ Mob has given the thumbs up to applications which claim that gay people are mentally ill and can be cured.
Apple, which rules its app store with an iron fist, has rejected shedloads of applications on the grounds that they upset Christians.
Apple has previously banned applications deemed “offensive”, inlcuding the “Me So Holy” app which let users paste pictures of themselves over religious figures’ heads.
Now it seems it has gone one stage further and given its blessing to an app which blatantly endorses a religious-right minorities agenda that homosexuals are mentally ill and can be cured thanks to the power of Jesus.
The free application, developed by gay bashing Christian outfit Exodus International, says it can teach users “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus”.
The application was given a “4+” rating by Apple – so in Apple language it was considered not to have contained “objectionable content”. While it might not be objectional to some, people with common sense might find it objectional that prejudices are being re-inforced with the blessing of Jobs’ Mob.
Not surprisingly Jobs’ Mob has attracted the anger of several gay rights’ groups.
US think-tank Truth Wins Out (TWO), a non-profit organisation has launched an online petition on Change.org that has so far been signed by over 76,000.
The outfit has dubbed “Exodus’ message as hateful and bigoted saying that Apple doesn’t allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app store, yet it gives the green light to an app targeting vulnerable youths with the message that their sexual orientation is a ‘sin that will make your heart sick’ and a ‘counterfeit’.”
Apple needs to have its double standard pointed out and needs to be told “loud and clear”, that this is unacceptable.
Amusingly, the founders of Exodus, who claimed to have changed their gay lifestyle, have said they are sorry for their role in creating it.
Last year Michael Bussee said he had never seen a leader or member permanently become heterosexual and he was gay and proud of it.