The nation's largest ex-gay organization, Exodus International, recently released a controversial, free iPhone app offering everything from links to the latest ex-gay news, a calendar of "change ministry" events, podcasts, FAQs about Exodus, and even advice on dealing with bullies.
Interestingly, their bully advice article touts tolerance, and then goes on to say, "Uphold the belief that homosexual, bisexual, or transgender behavior and/or identity are outside of the intentional design of human relationships and sexuality, and therefore aren't what's best for us." Um, that pretty much sounds like intolerance to me. How can you tell straight kids not to bully gay kids when you teach people that being gay is wrong?
Needless to say, the LGBT-advocacy community isn't happy with Apple for offering such an app. A change.org petition has gathered over 20,000 signatures calling for Apple to pull the app from the App Store.
From the petition site:
Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app store, yet it gives the green light to an app targeting vulnerable LGBT youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a "sin that will make your heart sick" and a "counterfeit." This is a double standard that has the potential for devastating consequences.
To sign the petition, go here.