Apple are coming under attack from gay rights activists after they approved an application targeting ‘homosexual strugglers'.
More than 80,000 people have signed a petition against this ‘gay cure' application which Apple has said contains ‘no objectionable content'.
Exodus International, a pro Christian group behind the creation of the application promotes the ‘ex gay' movement, which is encouraging people to change their sexuality. The application gives users ‘freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus', according to the organisation.
Apple have yet to comment publicly on the matter however Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of gay rights group Stonewall said:
“At Stonewall, we've all been on this app since 8am and we can assure your readers it's having absolutely no effect. Apple might consider thinking about their customer base and the penchant many lesbian and gay people have for ethical consumerism when endorsing an offensive app like this.”
This isn't the first time Apple have been under attack for allowing such an application. last year Apple withdrew another anti gay iPhone application called ‘Manhattan Declaration' after Change.org, the online activism site handed over a 8,000 strong petition against it.
A petition latter addressed to Steve Jobs, was posted on the Change.org site last week and it said “Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app store, yet it gives the green light to an app targeting vulnerable LGBT youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a ‘sin that will make your heart sick' and a ‘counterfeit'.
“This is a double standard that has the potential for devastating consequences. Apple needs to be told, loud and clear, that this is unacceptable.”
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