Gay Rights Group Starts Online Petition Demanding Apple Remove ‘Hateful’ App

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A gay rights group has started an online petition demanding that Apple remove an iPhone app by a religious organization that seeks to help homosexuals become straight.

Apple gave the app, Exodus International (which was created by a ministry of the same name), a 4+ rating which means it contains “no objectionable material.”

According to its website, Exodus International claims the app is “designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders” providing access to current news, information, and resources from the group.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports: New Yorkers react to the app

“Exodus is committed to encouraging, educating and equipping the Body of Christ to address the issue of homosexuality with grace and truth,” the group said in the app’s description

According to its website, Exodus International believes “homosexuality to be a multi-causal, developmental issue and that any individual can experience freedom through the support of caring individuals and the healing power of Jesus Christ.”

Change.org says the group’s message is “hateful and bigoted” and that the ministry commonly uses scare tactics, misinformation and stereotypes of LGBT life to recruit clients.

By midday Monday, the petition, which demands that the iTunes store stop supporting homophobia and remove the Exodus app, had over 95,000 signatures.

“You are what you are, regardless of what people tell you what you are, there is no cure for being gay,” a Staten Island man told 1010 WINS’ John Montone.

A man from the Bronx said the app is disrespectful and is disappointed that Apple would approve it.

“I’m just embarrassed that they would even think of an idea like that,” he said. “I’m actually a really big fan of Apple, so that’s really offensive.”

“This is hate-based initiative of the fanatical religious right intending to brainwash and emotionally destroy gay and lesbian people by coercing them to hate themselves based on their natural sexual orientation,” one reviewer wrote about the app.

Apple has not commented.

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  1. Michelle says:

    Had to put my two cents in on this one….I know its an old thread but to some of you my heart goes out to some of you dew to the fact I know it must be painful to be so narrow minded .I dont know about the other gay/lesbian that commented above but for myself being gay was not a choice.I didnt wake up one day and think “hummmm think im gonna CHOOSE a way of life in which ill be dif and hated everyday”..not to say that Im not completely happy with who I am.I love me and im very close to God.There is no “cure” for being gay its not an illness and gay,lesbian,bisexual,and transgender ppl dont need “fixing” its the narrow minded ,hateful ppl they need to make an app for.Live your life ! be happy ! and above all DONT HATE!

  2. ayi says:

    Freedom of expression is what itz called. The Application has said nothing about attacking people with alternative sexual preferences. If the Gay movement feels threatened by a Software and a grop that’s much smaller than them. Then I am forced to wonder why. What is the Gay community afraid of that it has not already foisted on the rest of society?

  3. Not surprised says:

    Interesting. Gays march all around preaching everyone should accept them and that it’s their civil right to be gay – which I DO agree with. But then why are these groups the first to trying to take away someone else’s right to make an app like this or express their beliefs? Hypocrisy is IMO the worse of all human traits.

    1. Sarah says:

      Well said!

  4. R says:

    If like some say “there’s no cure for being gay”…then what are they afraid of??? If it is indeed pointless then the foolishness of the creators of the app will become apparant quickly..no?

    1. Lyubo says:

      This statement implies that there is something wrong with being gay. This comes from the verb “cure” – which means to treat and overcome an illness. This is why this is offensive.
      What if they said: “You are a woman (or african American, or a jew, etc…). Do not be scared! Jesus will cure you.”
      This is degradory and humiliating – both to gays and Chirstians. The authors of this app suold be ashamed of themselves.

  5. Moral Truth says:

    The Gay Rights group has commited a civil rights violation and thats the moral truth.

  6. Kate says:

    Ignore it. These people believe they can help in a kind, respectful way. If you don’t agree, ignore it. It’s not “hateful,” just different. If GBLT activists censor any dissent whatsoever from their beliefs, they end freedom of speech — and endanger their own freedom of belief! Always allow dissent in society!

  7. little star says:

    Hi fellas ! Forgive my ignorance, but Elton John said in an intrview that he still “… fancies the female form…” but would never go back to woman because is too happy wiyh his current partner. This is a choice, yes ? The issue is not sexuality, but rather sanity and empathy.

  8. Mike says:

    I Love This App!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Five Stars to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. John says:

    If the religious communitty would take the time to read there bibles they would understand that Sodum and Gomora (spelling) had nothing to do with people in a committed relationship. It was all about rape and orgies and drunkenness. The people of those towns were just plain evil.

    Now take the Gay community. These are people that also happen to be in committed relationships or are in search of committed relationships. Its the condemnation from the fanatical religious groups that push many in the gay community away from God. God loves us all equally so lets let everyone live there lives and be happy.

  10. Swishful Thinking says:

    The ‘religious organization’ behind this app should target the catholic church. Lots of work to be done there.

  11. el CUY says:

    Listen I am gay myself, and I think they have a right to put this up if they like. If you don’t like it, then simply don’t deal with the app/ remove it/ uninstall it. Stop crying . A gay person has a right to check out the info on this app out if the idea of “becoming straight” appeals to them. You can’t deny a gay person this option, but you can’t force it on them either. Nobody is forcing this app or even the “cross-over” option on them…THAT would be wrong. Nothing wrong with this thing simply being available for them. There are gay people out there who simply aren’t happy with being gay anymore, but would like to do something about it. This could be their chance. It’s not for every gay person out there. It certainly isn’t for me…but if it’s something that interests you well thats great and I wish you the best of luck.. … People just like to misuse the word “hate” and it’s becoming pathetic.

    1. Rock Hudson says:

      Well said el Cuy

    2. Thomas Alex says:

      So where is the app helping Blacks to marry within their races? Since that is against the bible and is wrong.

      1. HARLEM GOING H.A.M says:

        THOMAS ALEX, NOT ONLY IS YOUR READING COMPREHENSION AT AN ALL TIME LOW, YOU ARE HERE ON EARTH TO TEACH PEOPLE HOW NOT TO BE. IF YOU’RE NOT IN THE BED WITH HER, MIND YOUR BUSINESS CAUSE IT DOESN’T CONCERN YOU STUPID. LASTLY, THE AMERICAN SLAVE MASTERS JUSTIFIED SLAVERY BY SAYING AFRICANS WERE THE CURSED CHILDREN OF HAM, WHICH IS IN THE BIBLE TOO. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU IN A BOXING RING OR A DARK ALLEY.

    3. Thomas Alex says:

      “there are gay people out there who simply aren’t happy with being gay anymore,”

      LMAO. You are a disgrace to the Gay community! Supporting the unhealthy teaching of trying to change Something that can not nor should even be messed with. Human Sexual Orientation is not something that should be messed with, not too mention they use Electroshock to do so.

    4. noel says:

      yeah and black people can turn white if they really want to…

  12. Norman says:

    Tony-also, watch the spelling advice-you have incorrect word (your instead of you’re) and bad slang (alright) in your first sentence!

    1. BigEZ says:

      I see nothing wrong with the app.
      If it helps people I see no wrong in that at all.

  13. Norman says:

    Tony-anyone against gays and full eqaulity for gays is a bigot-pretty simple. You cannot choose to be gay or to not be gay-even supposed “ex” gays all attest that they still have same sex attraction-they just commit themselves to loveless relationships with women or cellibacy-pretty terrible how religion brainwashes and frightens people.
    Since there is no cure and most gays attest that they knew they were gay well before puberty, the nature cause is pretty tight.
    So to hate someone for being born gay (or black, or latino, etc) is bigotry-no religion can veil hatred. Sure, preach your hate, but you will lose in the long run.
    But no company in its right mind will carry the torch for religious hate-that busienss will suffer.
    Apple will remove the app in 3-2-1…

    1. Your grim future says:

      Norman,
      Actually, you will losein the long run. AIDS will catch up to you long before it will get me.

  14. tony says:

    Jay its alright that your gay. But fair is fair, if it is okay to preach about being gay then why is it wrong for a religious group to preach that it is wrong according to their belief. They are not preaching hate, they are just preaching what they believe in just like you believe in being gay. Also next time use the spell check before posting your comment.

    1. J says:

      I misspelled it on purpose, because the correct spelling several times did not make it through, which leads me to believe that CBS sensors certain words. Trust me I’m not gay.

    2. Yankee fan says:

      Tony – is there an app that preaches about being gay? And, since when is being gay a “belief”?

  15. J says:

    CBS LOVES CENSORING ME. I LOVE CBS, IT MEANS I WORTH A SECOND LOOK.

  16. J says:

    Thats the problem, religion says gays are a discusting thing to god and they want to force it down his throat!

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