Gay rights groups are lashing out at Apple for approving an iPhone app that is designed to help gay people become straight.
According to a report on The Huntington Post, the application and the group that created it are both called "Exodus International."
The app's description says:
With over 35 years of ministry experience, Exodus is committed to encouraging, educating and equipping the Body of Christ to address the issue of homosexuality with grace and truth.
The report said the app received a "4" rating from Apple, which indicates that the app contains "no objectionable material." The rating is significant because under Apple's own rules, it must approve of all apps it sells in its store. It routinely removes anything it considers pornographic or offensive.
However, gay groups don't agree with Apple's rating. TruthWinsOut.com wrote:
No objectionable content? We beg to differ. Exodus' message is hateful and bigoted.
The group started an online petition on Change.org demanding that Apple pull the app. So far more than 50,000 people have "signed" the petition. It pointed out:
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.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network last week, Exodus International's Jeff Buchanan said the ministry had not yet had any direct contact with Apple regarding the app.