Apple sparks outrage over app to ‘cure’ homosexuality

Apple has come under fire for approving an app that offers guidance on how to cure homosexuality

A new controversial app is causing uproar as it claims to help users find freedom from homosexuality through a combination of facts, news and resources.

The ‘gay-cure’ app, created by US-based Christian organization Exodus International, is available free of charge from Apple’s iTunes and is considered to contain objectionable content by the company.


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‘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,’ say the creators of the religious organization that believe in teaching ‘freedom from homosexuality’through prayer and conversion therapy.

The app, however, has caused a stir among activists and pro-gay charities who have created a petition on Change.org demanding iTunes drop the app. In less than 24 hours more than 7,000 people have registered their support and now numbers are pushing 40,000.

The app was launched on the 8th March and continues to cause controversy with one anti-homophobic supporter saying: ‘Apple doesn’t allow racist or anti-Semitic apps, but it gives the green light to this twisted app to target vulnerable people. Surely this is double standards?’

David Allison of UK gay rights group Outrage says: ‘It creates the wrong attitude if you try to persuade people there is a choice and it can be cured like an ailment or an illness, as if you need to be. It isn’t: you are born with it, live with it and die with it.’

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