Monday, March 14, 2011

Christian Censorship Demanded for iPhone

Now that Apple Inc. has, upon request, permanently banned a Christian app for the popular iPhone, homosexualists are again asking Apple Inc. to ban an app from Exodus International, an organization advocating abstinence of homosexual behavior through Christ.

UPDATE 3/23/11: Apple Bans Exodus iPhone App

Read the previous article Apple Bans Evangelical Christian iPhone App

-- From "'Ex-gay' ministry launches app" by Ron Hughes, Gay News Network 3/14/11

The move has caused concern among LGBTI advocates, who see Exodus' activities as adding to discrimination and the stigmatisation of LGBTI people.

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill told SX the organisation was concerned because negative attitudes to homosexuality impacted greatly on the health and well-being LGBTI people.

"For many years now, research and evidence has been widely available showing that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is a normal state of mental health and social adjustment," Parkhill said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Gay Activists Petition Apple to Remove Exodus App" by Jennifer Riley, Christian Post Reporter 3/12/11

Exodus International, which bills itself as the world’s largest Christian ministry dealing with homosexual issues, reported that a petition by the LGBT [homosexual] rights group Truth Wins Out on is quickly gaining support. In less than 24 hours, the petition was able to gather more than 1,300 signatures.

Truth Wins Out contends that the app conveys the ministry’s “hateful and bigoted” message.

Critics of Exodus also blasted the ministry’s use of reparative therapy, calling it “bad medicine” and “very damaging” to the self-esteem and mental health of people struggling with same-sex attraction.

The ministry had released its new iPhone app on Tuesday. The app received a 4+ rating from Apple, which means that it contains “no objectionable content.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Gay activists target Exodus iPhone app" by Michael Foust, associate editor of Baptist Press 3/11/11

"We saw the app as another opportunity to reach the world -- to reach a larger demographic with our message," Jeff Buchanan, senior director of church equipping and student ministries for Exodus, told Baptist Press. "And based on a small group of activists being very vocal about their disagreement with Exodus and its message, we fear that Apple will censor our ability to be able to get our message out."

The app is needed, Buchanan said, to reach out to those struggling with same-sex attractions. He once was among those struggling with his feelings. Saved at the age of 13, he said he had same-sex attractions as a teenager but heard a "very condemning message" from his church.

"So I didn't tell anyone. I entered into a three-year same-sex relationship in my mid-20s and really felt the conviction of the Lord to turn away from that. I began the process of walking out of that in 1991," said Buchanan, who married his wife Angela in 2003.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.