iPhone App To ‘Cure’ Homosexuality

Straight_And_Supportive_FlagNo longer want to be gay in the 21st century? There’s an app for that. While it’s hard to believe that anyone would buy this to be used seriously, it’s encouraging to see how many people were so quick to demand it’s removal. Over 90,000 people have already signed a petition against it. The Atlantic reports:

Gay rights activists are outaged — and rightfully so. More than 90,000 people have signed a petition hosted on Change.org demanding that Apple remove an application from the iTunes Store that promises to deliver “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ.”

Developed by Exodus International, an Orlando, Florida-based Christian organization, the application claims to be “a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders.” But Truth Wins Out, a nonprofit organization that defends the LGBT community against anti-gay misinformation campaigns, finds the app offensive at best. “Exodus’ message is hateful and bigoted,” the petition states.

On its own website, Exodus celebrates the release of the app in a short, two-sentence blurb that appears at the top of the main homepage. One of those sentences is reserved for flaunting the fact that the app received a 4+ rating from Apple, a designation the company uses for applications like Angry Birds and Java Scoop, an app for determining how many scoops of coffee you need to make a mild cup of Joe. A 4+ rating means that, at some point in an approval process used in the past to weed out fart applications and an app that used an icon too similar to an iPhone, it was decided that Exodus International’s program contained “no objectionable material.”

[Continues at The Atlantic]

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  • GoodDoktorBad

    Does being “cured” of homosexuality include becoming fully heterosexual?
    Or do you just become Jesus’s eunuch?

    • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

      The latter.

  • Anonymous

    Does being “cured” of homosexuality include becoming fully heterosexual?
    Or do you just become beomes Jesus’s eunuch?

  • Yazi

    Let’s just say this is another nail in christianity’s coffin.

    Along with the fact that “evil” existed both before Jesus was supposedly born, and hasn’t gone away since he died, I’d say he wasn’t too successful in stopping that.

    Bad things still happen, people take bad paths through life, and things go terribly wrong. Did Jesus help with that?

    There was homosexuality before Jesus, and there’s homosexuality now. If it’s so damned terrible, he should’ve stopped it while he was here.

    Face it, if Jesus even existed, he was just a man. A Jewish man. So am I. I don’t know much about Jesus, and as a non-christian, I don’t really care. But I’ve heard he challenged the Rabbinate’s authority. Good for him. I challenge all authority. Doesn’t make me God.

    Maybe I’m Jesus lol…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carl-Whaley/100000406207632 Carl Whaley

      Not preaching just correcting misinformation. Jesus did not come to stop evil, evil will always exist for without evil nothing is truly good, he came to remove the eternal punishment of it for those who freely except him and his payment. He challenged the authority of the jewish rulers because their way of animal sacrifices to atone for their sins was no longer sufficient.

  • Yazi

    Let’s just say this is another nail in christianity’s coffin.

    Along with the fact that “evil” existed both before Jesus was supposedly born, and hasn’t gone away since he died, I’d say he wasn’t too successful in stopping that.

    Bad things still happen, people take bad paths through life, and things go terribly wrong. Did Jesus help with that?

    There was homosexuality before Jesus, and there’s homosexuality now. If it’s so damned terrible, he should’ve stopped it while he was here.

    Face it, if Jesus even existed, he was just a man. A Jewish man. So am I. I don’t know much about Jesus, and as a non-christian, I don’t really care. But I’ve heard he challenged the Rabbinate’s authority. Good for him. I challenge all authority. Doesn’t make me God.

    Maybe I’m Jesus lol…

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Oh Lord, please deliver us from your followers.

    Have we got an app yet that makes Jesus-crispies heads explode when they get within fifty feet of an atheist or pagan? I’d pay a fortune for that…I’m tired of just reading contradictory passages from the bible to get the same effect…although I never get tired of the confused spluttering rage they experience when challenged by their own sacred book of irrelevant Bronze Age fables and poetry.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Oh Lord, please deliver us from your followers.

    Have we got an app yet that makes Jesus-crispies heads explode when they get within fifty feet of an atheist or pagan? I’d pay a fortune for that…I’m tired of just reading contradictory passages from the bible to get the same effect…although I never get tired of the confused spluttering rage they experience when challenged by their own sacred book of irrelevant Bronze Age fables and poetry.

  • ArgosyJones

    But even if it works, that just means that users will discard all apple branded consumer goods. I think it’s safe to say that this will be gone from the app store soon.

  • ArgosyJones

    But even if it works, that just means that users will discard all apple branded consumer goods. I think it’s safe to say that this will be gone from the app store soon.

  • DeepCough

    Well, apparently, the app doesn’t really do anything, as I expected, since it came from a Christian organization.

  • DeepCough

    Well, apparently, the app doesn’t really do anything, as I expected, since it came from a Christian organization.

  • DeepCough

    Well, apparently, the app doesn’t really do anything, as I expected, since it came from a Christian organization.

  • http://twitter.com/2EInfinity Jay Coleman

    Jerk app, written by a jerk, no doubt, but insisting that it be pulled entirely? Is it that threatening? Just because you disagree with someone, it doesn’t give you the right to shut them up.

  • http://twitter.com/cajuncrazy Jay Coleman

    Jerk app, written by a jerk, no doubt, but insisting that it be pulled entirely? Is it that threatening? Just because you disagree with someone, it doesn’t give you the right to shut them up.

  • http://twitter.com/cajuncrazy Jay Coleman

    Jerk app, written by a jerk, no doubt, but insisting that it be pulled entirely? Is it that threatening? Just because you disagree with someone, it doesn’t give you the right to shut them up.

  • LiselleF

    Ok, as much as insulting and awful as an app like this is, this group does have a right to make it & try to sell it. Freedom of speech = freedom of app making. Not sure what Apple’s standards of ethics or rules of content are but having an app be offensive to some of their customers can’t be enough for them to kick it off. If it were, 1/3rd of their apps would be gone. You wouldn’t want them banning of apps promoting gay culture (for example). In any case, I would assume that many are downloading this out of plain curiosity–the best way to hurt this group is to not buy it.

  • LiselleF

    Ok, as much as insulting and awful as an app like this is, this group does have a right to make it & try to sell it. Freedom of speech = freedom of app making. Not sure what Apple’s standards of ethics or rules of content are but having an app be offensive to some of their customers can’t be enough for them to kick it off. If it were, 1/3rd of their apps would be gone. You wouldn’t want them banning of apps promoting gay culture (for example). In any case, I would assume that many are downloading this out of plain curiosity–the best way to hurt this group is to not buy it.

  • emperorreagan

    This article would have been funnier if a Christian group claimed to create Grindr, with the logic that gay and bi men would have so much sex that they would become asexual.

  • emperorreagan

    This article would have been funnier if a Christian group claimed to create Grindr, with the logic that gay and bi men would have so much sex that they would become asexual.

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com SoulArbiter

    The latter.

  • mrtastycakes

    These gay people have no sense of humor. If I saw an app that promised “freedom from Jesus Christ through the power of homosexuality,” I’d think it was offensive and hilarious. Laugh it off and they’ll stop picking on you.

    • KG

      It’s true that this app is so dumb it’s funny. The problem is the parents and other authority figures who will try to use it as a legitimate homosexual-curing tool. If it weren’t for them and what they’re capable of inflicting, it’d be nothing but laughable.

  • mrtastycakes

    These gay people have no sense of humor. If I saw an app that promised “freedom from Jesus Christ through the power of homosexuality,” I’d think it was offensive and hilarious. Laugh it off and they’ll stop picking on you.

  • http://worldwithinsight.com/ Kyle Greggory

    It’s true that this app is so dumb it’s funny. The problem is the parents and other authority figures who will try to use it as a legitimate homosexual-curing tool. If it weren’t for them and what they’re capable of inflicting, it’d be nothing but laughable.

  • justagirl

    it sounds like both parties could use a good ass pounding.

  • justagirl

    it sounds like both parties could use a good ass pounding.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carl-Whaley/100000406207632 Carl Whaley

    Not preaching just correcting misinformation. Jesus did not come to stop evil, evil will always exist for without evil nothing is truly good, he came to remove the eternal punishment of it for those who freely except him and his payment. He challenged the authority of the jewish rulers because their way of animal sacrifices to atone for their sins was no longer sufficient.

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