Source: Examiner.com (Dallas Edition)
By David DeCouto
Another Progressive attack on Freedom of Speech.
Apple and Steve Jobs have now joined the ranks of those who use censorship and intolerance in the name of promoting inclusion. A Christian organization, ManhattanDeclaration.org, developed an iPhone app to promote Christian views on marriage, immorality and abortion. When submitted to Apple, the app was given a 4+ rating meaning the app contains “no objectionable material”. Shortly after the app was released, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transexual (LGBT) groups began attacking the app as “homophobic and anti-women”. A petition was started by change.org to have the app removed that was signed by 7,700 LGBT supporters. Apple responded by pulling the app. In response, Manhattandeclartion.org countered with a petition to support re-instatement of the app and got 46,190 signatures but Apple has not responded.
The Manhattan Declaration is a statement of Christian faith dealing with various social issues that invites respondents to sign on in support. 481,738 Christian Americans have signed the declaraion. To support the web site an app was developed to help supporters sign the declaration and had a quiz to see if your views matched the declaration. LGBT blogs immediately attacked the app has fostering hatred towards alternative lifestyles and promoting anti-choice views for women and abortion. In attacking the app, LGBT groups personally attacked one of the drafters, Chuck Colson, as “convicted felon Chuck Olson” and “Watergate criminal Chuck Olson” in reference to a conviction over 30 years ago for participation in the Watergate scandal. As if this makes the declaration criminal.
LBGT groups fighting for inclusion and gay rights have been facing a wave of votes in states across the country banning gay marriage. Currently, California’s Prop 8 banning gay marriage, that won in a statewide vote, is in a court battle to decide if it is constituional. In many states, the votes to ban gay marriage still stand despite court challenges including a recent ruling upholding Texas’ ban. Interestingly, LBGT groups call the conservative Christian views on gay marriage intolerant and hate filled viewpoints yet they expect everyone to agree with their pro-gay agenda or be censored. Some of the articles against the Mahattan Declaration misquote it to give the appearance of being hate filled. Readers of the declaration may not agree with it’s conclusions but will find respectful language and the age old Chrisitan guidance to “Love the sinner, but, hate the sin.”
In 2008, Apple donated $100,000 to oppose bans on gay marriage.
Here are the two petitions:
Please remove anti-LGBT, anti-women application from iTunes Store
I am joining with thousands of others in signing this letter to ask you to remove the Marriage Declaration application from the iTunes Store.
Apple has always been among the most progressive companies and earned a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, and yet, the company has approved application that is offensive to Americans who support equality and free choice.
The Manhattan Declaration application exists to collect signatures on a website which espouses hateful and divisive language, the very kind of language I hope the iTunes Store will not want to help disseminate. Despite the store rating the application 4+ (“no objectionable material), I can assure you that the application does in fact contain lots of objectionable material.
I am writing to ask that you immediately remove the application from the store. Apple’s reputation is too important to be associated with this hate filled organization.
A petition to Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc., to restore the Manhattan Declaration App
We, the undersigned, urge you to reinstate the Manhattan Declaration App to the Apple app store.
The Manhattan Declaration, in a civil, reasoned, and respectful way, promotes the sanctity of every human life, traditional marriage, and religious freedom.
That Apple would deem the Manhattan Declaration as “offensive” is alarming and distressing. Some who are “offended” by the Manhattan Declaration can only be offended by the positions the Manhattan Declaration takes—positions based on biblical Christianity and affirmed by nearly half a million Christians representing dozens of denominations.
Despite the claims of some, the Declaration does not promote hate or homophobia. It is not anti-gay. Rather, it proclaims that all human beings are loved by God and are worthy of respect.
Civil discourse is a hallmark of a civilized and free society. Disagreement is not hate. We urge you and Apple, therefore, to promote communication and civil dialogue on these important social issues by reinstating the Manhattan Declaration App.
Again, the petition to remove the app had 7,700 signatures while the petition to re-instate the app has 46,190.
One person who signed the LBGT petition stated:
“Everyone has the right to choose whatever they want. Love is free.”
An intriquing point in light of the respondents choice to support the censorship and intolerance towards people choosing to have a differing point of view.
What happened to open discourse and the free flow of ideas?
Will the LBGT groups now seek to have other Chrisitan and Bible apps also removed by Apple? Stay tuned.