Apple Pulls 'Setting Captives Free' App, Claims to Cure Gays

| by Michael Allen
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Apple recently pulled the "Setting Captives Free" app from its iTunes store. The app for iPhones claims to help people fight "habitual sins," such as substance abuse, gambling and sexual behavior.

The app was pulled by Apple because it includes a course called "The Door" that claims to set users free from "the bondage of homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ and the cross."

Apple removed the app after the group got a petition signed by 65,000 people. The group claims the app could cause "terrible harm to lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, or anyone forced to try to change who they are or who they love."

Apple told MacWorld that the Setting Captives Free app violates their iTunes guidelines, which do not allow "the promotion of hatred toward groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status or sexual orientation/gender identity."

Android users can still download the app from the Google store.

The Setting Captives Free ministry was founded by evangelical Mike Cleveland and claims that more than 500,000 people have benefited from the app courses, which also promise to deliver people from "sexual impurity and self-gratification."

Sources:,, MacWorld