One has to wonder how some iPhone apps manage to get approved by the Apple app store, but some weird ones have slipped through. This time, a rather offensive anti-gay marriage iPhone application caused a stir and a petition was signed to have it removed from the app store. The app was called Manhattan Declaration, and the it preached “the sanctity of life, the dignity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and religious liberty.”
After an online petition received thousands of signatures to have the anti-gay iPhone app removed, it was finally pulled by Apple.
Change.org was responsible for the online petition, calling the app “anti-gay” and “anti-choice.” The organization also said, “Want to join the hate fest? There’s an app for that!” Perhaps calling it a hate fest isn’t the best thing to do, and a little ironic, too. But it worked. Over 7,000 e-mails hit Apple before the app was pulled.
In a statement, Apple said, “We removed the Manhattan Declaration app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people.”
Manhattan Delcaration’s response is, “We acknowledge that there are those who are disposed towards homosexual and polyamorous conduct and relationships, just as there are those who are disposed towards other forms of immoral conduct.”
That really pisses me off. I am thoroughly annoyed with those high and mighty morons who claim to have divine knowledge of what is moral and immoral, and then backhandedly compare homosexuality with “other forms of immoral conduct.” What I can’t decipher through their smug tone is whether they genuinely believe that idiocy or whether they want to impose their morality on others. Or both.
Just how clueless is Manhattan Declaration?
“The core drafters of the Manhattan Declaration have e-mailed Apple CEO Steve Jobs to learn why the declaration’s iPhone app has been deleted from the company’s site. Stay tuned as we post the letter after Jobs has received it and for Apple’s response,” they said.
Why was the iPhone app pulled? Oh, I don’t know. Perhaps it was the anti-gay sentiment and the fact that it annoyed enough people to sign a petition and send e-mails to Apple to have the app removed. Just a guess.