November 24, 2010

Homophobia: There's an app for that...

I love my iPhone. And luuuuv my new iPad. I have loads of apps for each, and am discovering fab new ones all the time.

There's apps for reading stuff online, apps for games, apps for banking, apps for photos, apps for social networking, apps for checking the weather, apps for finding your car, apps for finding your iPhone, an app for my beloved Huffington Post, tens of thousands of apps for everything.

Over the past couple of years, ie the entire life span of iPhones and apps, there has been criticism of the seemingly arbitrary approval or not of what is allowed in app world. And this time Apple has fucked up, my friends.

Now Apple has sparked outrage over an app it did approve, Manhattan Declaration, that is a "call of Christian conscience" inviting users to take a stand against gay marriage by signing a 4,700-word "declaration" penned by Christian clergy. So that's okay? That passes the test when thousands of other apps fail? True, you passed Death Worm but still. Maybe we can combine Death Worm with the homophobes?

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And thanks to my friend Jayne for pointing me towards this. Read Jayne at


Vodka Logic said...


Ray's Cowboy said...

I can not bellieve this.

Any I hope you have a wonderful Holiday this year.

Kevin said...

Time to get rid of all that Apple crap and replace it with quality (Canadian-made) Research In Motion products such as the BlackBerry and soon-to-be released PlayBook.

meleah rebeccah said...

What?! Apple seriously effed up!

injaynesworld said...

I hope Apple has been flooded with protests.

Annie (Lady M) x said...

Hmmm, as much as I detest the principle of the app, I don't like censorship either. How about you create your own app, which is a petition against religious people who are unable to 'love thy neighbour'?!! ha ha!

A Strange Boy said...

Between that and the UN vote, it hasn't shaped up to be a very good week for us gays.

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

While I am a big believer in free speech, there do have to be limits.

Just saw a news report that Apple has removed the App from iTunes effective Friday. Guess they read my blog!

Didactic Pirate said...

"A call of Christian conscience"?

Glurk. Sorry, just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

Just saw on your Twitter feed that Apple yanked the app. I'm going to assume that your blog was the driving force.

You and Alfred, changing the world by stomping out one homophobic doofus at a time. Well done.

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Ugh. I wonder whether they are using the "We don't subscribe to censorship" sh*t that Amazon used when they first approved that pedophile how-to book. But you are right: Apple does CENSOR and seems to be proud of it so now I wonder what could possibly be their sorry excuse!

p.s. I am addicted to HuffPost. Do you comment a lot there? I stopped doing it because of the trolls. Ugh.

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