Conversion Therapy For Gays, Now on the iPhone

March 22, 2011
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I think many would agree that all these crazy new apps we've been getting courtesy of the smartphone wave have made our lives better, easier, and more efficient. Then comes the news that Apple has allowed Exodus International, the organization leading the charge of conversion therapy, to have an app in the iTunes store full of dangerous misinformation. Change.org reminds us that "''conversion therapy' has been universally condemned by every major medical and scientific organization around the world. The American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, and American Counseling Association have all rejected "ex-gay" therapy, saying that it results in catastrophic damage to the mental health of its victims."

It wasn't long ago that Apple, a long time ally of the LGBT community, pulled an app from the iTunes store that was full of similarly offensive, anti-gay messaging. Of course, Exodus international has come out saying that they are "in no way shape or form...trying to cure or do we try to promote that type of methodology or message. This is a label (gay cure app) that has been put forth by opponents to the application to serve as propaganda in order to stigmatize and really label the application in a false way and provoking a response such as you are seeing with the application." And go on to say, "We want to ask that there would be fair and equal representation of religious belief on this platform as is already existing. We would like the spirit of diversity and tolerance that is so valued within the LGBT community." Pretty ballsy of them to take our message of diversity and tolerance and use it for their own supposed protection.

The good news is, there are over 100,000 signatures on a petition to remove the app from the iPhone app store. But a few thousand more wouldn't hurt. So be sure to sign the petitionhere.

UPDATE: Apple has removed the app from iTunes.

Tags: Exodus, Ex-Gay, Conversion
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I just want to thank you for bringing this to our attention. Trust me when I say I have fired off a blistering message to them along with signing the petition.

You rock!
Kiltiebear

Hey, Rob -
Thanks for posting this. I'd love to sign the petition, but it requires a street address, and I'm not ready to give that information out to a bunch of haters who will ultimately be able to access it under the Freedom of Information Act. Unfortunately, these are such totally depraved haters who think it's OK to kill people who don't believe the way they do, and while I'm totally out, I don't have a strong enough death wish to give them this information.

The alternative is to contact your service provider and suggest that either THEY contact apple about this, or you cancel your service. There are many alternatives to the iphone that provide better service and better utility.

You can put in a faux address. I am pretty sure the petition is about strength in numbers, not stopping by your house or sharing your details.

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... with those whom we disagree...
... critical thinking...
... meaning...
... to criticize theirs...
... jerking a knee...
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laeth

All those signatures worked: Apple removed the Exodus App from iTunes.

http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=7887&MediaType=1&Category=26

They removed it but they have not issued a statement apologizing for it and admitting it was wrong.

I am sincerely disappointed in Apple for this. What's next, a pro-rape app?

It figures that such a group would have the name 'Exodus" based in the ancient barbaric law of Moses time period. Lawmakers these days would like to send us back to the strict correctness of the book of Leviticus where the original anti-gay phrases exist in the first place along with a pretty harsh penalty for speaking words of incorrectness on certain days of the week. It's about time to be proggressive and come out of that strict law-making cave and just be real people without so many self indulgent issues. What's even odder is that folks who are supposed to be based on "love your fellow man" where a leaders personal preferences become part of the lifestyle of the masses as seen all over the planet. Why doesn't loving your fellow Daddys come natural for everyone in the first place. Why do those dictators look so serious and mean in the first place. The lack of a life outside of their high security personalized literary cacoons maybe makes them not happy at all and simply trapped in a box they can't ever get out of.

Aren't "phone apps OPTIONAL"?? There are MILLIONS of "apps" out there, and you have to consciously DOWNLOAD the app to your device.

Let me repeat, it's an OPTION. There is NO MANDATE telling you the if you (HAD to have that stupid iPhone in the first place, the Samsung Focus is MUCH better......) MUST download that "app".

What's the big deal? Oh, that's right, the "gay community" who can dish it out, but "can't take it" is at it again.

AND YOU WONDER WHY THE STRAIGHT COMMUNITY LOOKS AT US WITH AN OBTUSE STANCE?

Grow up folks.........

What are you talking about? Wrong is still Wrong regardless as to if it were "optional".

Why was Apple allowing the promotion of this item that goes against the Gay Community? Should it let an anti-Dog or anti-Canadian or anti-Woman app of the same nature (not humor/satirical) be allowed? No - because these would be wrong and I hope someone would speak up about them to have them removed as well.

I have a teen niece who has a ca-zillions apps on her phone - I don't want her or her friends seeing this and think it is OK. Because it is not.

No offense, I but I think your comment is pure rubbish.

No offense taken. Do YOU have an iPhone? And if you didn't want to "offend me" then why did you put that MY comment was "pure rubbish", that "comment" is MY opinion, thank you for the fait accomplait of "public humiliation".......Would you say that to my face if I were staning face to face with you?

Why yes I would sir. I would be more then happy to say it to your face. I will meet you in the public square at dawn and we shall face off. Now, where are my white gloves?

What does having an iphone have to do with it? If I saw someone get robbed in the street it is still wrong. Would I have to know them or be associated with them to help them? It is a wrongful act and if I can do something to help, to stop this wrongful act - then I will.

This is a debate and I can tell you that your opinion is rubbish if I so wish. I did not get personal and call you are a turd or anything like that so where you get the "public humiliation" thing from is beyond me.

See you at dawn...

Troy, I notice that you're one of the "headless horsemen" that can't/won't show a FACE PICTURE. Why is that?

Tsk, tsk, tsk.... now you are getting personal.

Looking to put me in my place because you have zero ammo to continue the debate itself? I don't owe you an explanation as to why I don't have a mugshot. My friends on the site know who I am and that is what counts.

This is going no where. Carry on if you like but you are on your own.

I agree 2DadsCocks, one has a choice, you don't have to purchase an app. If someone isn't doing something one way to try to 'de-gay' men that aren't straight they'll try another route. The so-called 'gay community' really needs to focus more on substantive issues and less on fluff and frivolity-and all the gadgets that come with this time wasting nonsense.

Sorry, but I don't think there is any issue too small to take notice of and try to stop in its tracks.

Several small issues can combine to make a big one.

Apparently Apple has now pulled the app, which I thought they would. Keep in mind that Apple also contributed to the Anti Prop. 8 campaign as well, so they definitely are not an anti-gay organization.

I'm sick and tired of all this flap occurring every time some group or person does something untoward and politically incorrect to the "gay community". Those in the gay community should focus more on stopping the bullying, hatred, discrimination and prejudice that goes on within it's own boundaries and towards one another first!

As somebody above stated, they can dish it out but they sure can't take it. Case in point, just look at the hatred and anger contained within the "discussion" above between "2DadsCocks" and "TroyM".

There is no Unity in the Gay Community.

I agree 100% with you DJGreek

I was dragged to church until i was 16 at a time when I was horribly conflicted not only as a teenager but realizing at the same time that probably I was never going to be what the church wanted. The church is considered liberal but lucky me, i went with tightly wound older people who very much influenced the younger people. I had intolerance from my parents, felt like a target for the most part at school, felt like everyone and everything was against me because I was being attacked to the core because of who i am since I was flamboyant no matter what I did. It got so bad I was staring at a gun and while I am lucky I thought my way out of it, sadly I knew someone who didn't. I can't prove it but I still think he was gay could not handle it and was driven over the edge taken way too young. From outward appearances, he LOOKED fine from the viewpoint of his family and friends, teachers and everyone else who knew him.

My point is that when you are standing in the center of crisis in your life, staring at a gun psychoanalyzing your options, one small thing can drive you over the edge. I can't put into words how sickened I am by the Westboro baptist church's attitude or by this application on a phone that can really affect how people think. They fail to realize they could push someone over the edge with their opinion because the person believes what they are being told. I am still stunned how people can think that millions of souls are denied an afterlife just because of who they choose to love.

I am only comforted by the attention that a rash of teenage gay related suicides publicly has given to the issue of teen gay issues and teen identity and sadly it seems the only way to wake up intolerance sometimes. It's hard enough being a teenager let alone throwing something on top that makes you feel even different and even worse.

I really don't think if it were for my rational mind & realizing what I was spoon fed was poisoning me, or learning to filter out the intolerance of my family or the kindness of a male friend in high school, or Oprah's wisdom 25 years ago that I would even be sitting here writing this.