Anti-Gay App 'Bad Apple' Plucked After Provoking Outrage
Exodus Inc. is the anti-gay organization of the “Gay No More" and “Pray Gay Away” movement that had a controversial new app on the Apple iPod, iPad and iPod Touch. (Recently taken off the Apple devices March 23.) According to the folks at Exodus Inc. The app was a "refuge for people looking for help in their journey out of homosexuality." The app, it says, will help "cure" gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people from their homosexuality. The “Rotten Apple” app claims to accomplish this change in LGBT people’s sexuality through the power of Jesus.
The Bad Apple a day device claims that the app will help set free gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people through the power of prayer.
Upon hearing of the bogus claims and promises of the “gay cure” app that was put in the Apple Store by Exodus International. Dr. Gary Remafedi, director of the Youth and AIDS Projects and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, fired off a letter to Apple asking them to pull the core out of this Apple app. Remafedi told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the app falsely cites his research as saying the young people are "confused" about their sexual orientation. Some young people are overwhelmed with their sexuality while feeling lost, alone, and empty, he says. The confusion comes from the people in their surroundings.
The anti-gay app for the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is creating a whirlwind that has swept up advocacy groups imploring Apple to take it down. Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights group Stonewall, was under the impression that the petition filed earlier this week had absolutely no effect on Apple chief executive Steve Jobs. A new petition letter was sent to Apple, last week that said: “Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its store, yet it gives the green light to an app written by an anti-gay extremist group that targets vulnerable sexual-minority youth with the message that they are 'sinful' and 'perverse,'" Thus far, more than 80,000 people have signed a petition against the so-called "gay cure" apps.Continued on the next page