So much for (pro-life, pro-marriage) free speech for Apple users and customers:
After some controversy and complaints, Apple has reportedly pulled an application from the iTunes App Store after claims it was anti-gay.
Highlighted by The Huffington Post and others last week due to its reportedly objectionable content, the Manhattan Declaration iPhone application has been quietly removed sometime in the last few days.
Apple’s decision may have been influenced by an online petition at Change.org calling for the application to be removed.
The petition organisers asked those unhappy with the initial decision to contact Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs, signing a statement: “Please remove anti-LGBT, anti-women application from iTunes Store.” (MacWorld)
Just what is so offensive about the Manhattan Declaration? It is nothing more than a “call of Christian conscience”, asserting the right of people of faith to publicly take a stand for life, marriage and religious liberty. Almost 500,000 people have signed it. What an irony that Apple, which claims to empower people through technology, has chosen to selectively curtail the freedom of Christians to live out the gospel through technology.
I think Apple should reinstate the Manhattan Declaration app immediately.