Apple Ditches Anti-Gay App

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There are currently about 100,000 different applications (commonly known as "apps") available for the Apple iPhone.

The running total, however, is constantly changing and has probably increased since this article was written. But it's rare to see an app removed from the list, which was the case for a new application which speaks out against homosexuality.

The app, which is available for both the iPhone and iPad, was designed by the Christian organization Exodus International and released for download last month. It reportedly advocates "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus," though it's not entirely clear how the app works.

Over 150,000 Oppose Anti-Gay App

What is clear, however, is that many users have been offended by the app.

Non-profit organization "Truth Wins Out" launched a petition trying to persuade Apple to remove the application and the group was able to accumulate over 150,000 signatures via website (Source:

"They [endorsed] the use of so-called 'reparative therapy' to 'change' ... orientation of their clients," Truth Wins Out says, adding "despite the fact that this form of 'therapy' has been rejected by every major professional medical organization." (Source:

Anti-Gay App Removed from Apple's Website

As of March 23, 2011, the app has been removed from Apple's App Store.

"We are extremely disappointed to learn of Apple's decision to deny equal representation in the public square," said Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International.

"Discrimination of thought and belief obstructs essential dialogue and authentic diversity," said Chambers noting that Apple provides hundreds of apps specific to alternative lifestyle community and has made the Gay Christian Network's podcasts available on its iTunes store. (Source:

For its part, Exodus International continues to push the application on its website.

"It is our hope that Apple will reconsider its decision and allow our organization to be part of the ongoing conversation about the challenging issues many face today," said Chambers.

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