Criticism of the Exodus iPhone app that promises to give users "freedom from homosexuality" is nothing more than propaganda from gay rights groups, the religious organisation behind the title claims.
Jeff Buchanan, senior director of church equipping and student ministries at Exodus International, said that labels such as “gay cure” and “ex gay” are being manufactured "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", adding that his organisation should be treated equally and fairly.
According to its iTunes description Exodus International is the "world’s largest ministry to individuals and families impacted by homosexuality” and aims to “address the issue of homosexuality with grace and truth”.
On its website Exodus describes “homosexual tendencies as one of many conditions that beset fallen humanity”.
Over 110,000 signatures have been added to a petition since the release of the application last month, which received a 4+ age rating from Apple, given only to apps with “no objectionable content”. The creators of the petition sees this as another example of Apple’s questionable app store policy and aims to put pressure on the tech giant to have the app purged from the App Store.
Apple has previously removed an application called the Manhattan Declaration which promoted marriage as “the union of one man and one woman”. Explaining the reasoning behind the move, Apple said the app was "offensive to large groups of people” and thus violates its developer guidelines. Precedence suggests that it’s only a matter of time the same fate befalls Exodus.
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