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Apple appears to have bowed to pressure from gay rights groups, and withdrawn a controversial "gay cure" app sponsored by Exodus International, an evangelical Christian group claiming to be "the world’s largest ministry to individuals and families impacted by homosexuality". This followed a battle between competing petitions, …

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  1. Bear Features

    not surprising

    So much for the high quality and strict control.

  2. ShaggyDoggy

    Ok as long as

    They remove all the apps slanted the "other way".

    That would be "even handed"

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @ShaggyDoggy

      I think you miss the point.

      If it is decided that being anti-gay is discriminatory it does not follow that being pro-gay is also discriminatory. In fact, unless it is explicitly discriminatory against those who are not gay then it is necessarily not discriminatory.

      Any apps that are discriminatory should be banned for being so, and this should be evaluated in isolation. That would really be "even handed".

      You don't like the gays? Don't have gay sex with any of them. Simple as that.

      1. P. Lee Silver badge
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        Not discrimination?

        I guess I'll never know as I can't download it anymore. The debate has been stifled and all thinking has been returned to the one true path.

        That's the problem. It's extremely easy to become like the thing you fight.

        Was the app inciting violence or hatred? Who knows? I can't imagine Apple would have had any hesitation in pulling the app if that was the case, so I suspect it wasn't.

        How can an iphone app be discriminatory? Is there a testosterone-measuring sensor which shuts your phone down if you don't have enough? Does it use the camera to take a picture of you and hurls insults if you have are male and have a handbag? Perhaps the motion sensor detects limp-wristed holding and plays an mp3 which yells "kick my owner!"

        Since the app/viewpoint has been censored, I can't engage these people any more to discuss their views and try to show them the error of their ways. So what if an iphone app is a load of bunkam? Is that any different from thousands of others? What did you expect your mobile phone to be able to do for you?

        You don't like "gay cures"? Don't download their app.

        I don't fear the app, I fear the mentality that had it pulled. This is democracy (mob rule) at its worst. It's the equivalent of winning a war. You haven't proved you are in the right, only that you had bigger guns.

        The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

        1. Ian Yates

          @P.Lee

          Having seen the screenshots, I'm not sure I'd go with "discriminatory", but maybe I missed something since I'm heterosexual.

          It struck me more as being hugely misleading and questionably dangerous (based on anecdotal evidence of the damage their therapy has had on people).

          I don't disagree with Apple removing the app since it did give a "homosexuality must be cured" message, which I find pretty sickening; in the same way I'd be against a "homosexuality is better for you" message.

          Being the provider of a public forum gives you the responsibility to not encourage/allow extreme views (IMHO).

          I think the extremity of their message might be where the "discrimination" aspect is coming from; not so much direct discrimination but espousing discrimination of their lifestyle.

          And if you want to know their viewpoint, go to their website. I doubt these guys want to be engaged in discussion.

    2. gc73

      Cure-all

      I don't think there are any apps claiming to cure the disease of unwanted heterosexuality. Perhaps someone can write an app to cure bigotry instead.

    3. Richard IV
      Joke

      Sorry, what?

      Are you saying that they should only be half in e(a)rnest?

      1. Pirate Dave
        Pirate

        apps for curing heterosexuality?

        Sure, it's called "Marriage", and causes an almost immediate cessation of heterosexual activity...

        1. Tigra 07 Silver badge
          Pint

          RE: Pirate Dave

          That app didn't work for Elton John

          1. Thecowking

            Nor did it work

            For Freddie Mercury.

            Nor even Butters' dad in South Park.

  3. Pperson

    What double standard?

    No double standard here - Apple has simply made another principled stand: the principle of maximising their money making. Like all their competitors, they're very consistent: say and do anything to make more money. Can't have enough of that "printed green stuff" (whoops that's out of date. OK how about "numbers in a database in a bank that are made up out of thin air").

    1. Marvin the Martian
      Headmaster

      Title? "Dr." or "Mrs." to you.

      Eh... "Apple" is a big corp, this is one minion making a stupid decision; as fast as a marketing person is approached, it's "obviously this gotta go". So the "keep" decision isn't really an "apple" decision, more a $10/h vetter's blooper.

      So it's a bit stupid to say that "apple keep this for revenue maximization" --- actually, removing it maximizes as keeping it pisses off more people, with more disposable income. So they do maximize (no wonder their stock sells so high, eh?), as they should, coincidentally doing the right thing here, which is nice.

    2. LaeMing
      Boffin

      Legally Required

      Uh, Apple is a publicly traded company. They are legally required to maximise proffits over all other considerations. The only thing they are allowed to consider is what a particular action will do to their bottom line. Anything a public company does (even things that are pro-social seemingly at the expense of immediat proffit) must be with the reasonable expectation of eventual financial gain. That it the way it was set up in our civilisation's laws.

      1. Pperson

        Re: Legally Required

        Precisely! (Legal) lying, (legal) cheating, (legal) stealing, generally being a (law-abiding) nasty piece of work - all of it is *legally required* of our companies. Don't you love our civilization?

  4. Simon Barnes

    make me gay ?

    > They remove all the apps slanted the "other way".

    would possession of an Apple product make me half way there already ?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Joke

      Depends which half you want

      If it's also the half that involves washing occasionally, looking after your appearance, and surviving on something other than a diet of pizza and lager, you may discover that this is the half that women find so strangely appealing about gay men.

  5. Norm DePlume
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    That bunch of half-witted creationists don't control America after all

    Great stuff.

    @Shaggy Dog: you mean there are apps out there to cure heterosexuality?

    1. chr0m4t1c

      Wow!

      You got downvoted!

      Somebody thinks that America *is* controlled by a bunch of half-witted creationists.

      Now there's a Happy Thought for Friday.

    2. No, I will not fix your computer
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      half-witted creationists?

      Isn't that like "wet water" or "DAT Tapes"?

  6. Andrew Jones 2
    Grenade

    is it over though?

    I notice a quick Google for Exodus International takes me to their homepage where they are now running a big campaign stating that they are in the right. Calling for people to contact Apple and ask them to re-instate the app.

    Exodus International are only different to Uganda in that (as far as I know) Exodus International are not currently pushing for the death penalty for homosexuals. Otherwise they are just as dangerous.

    I long for the day when religions are happy to be who they are without worrying about "converting" other people to their religion.

    1. dssf

      Unethical, immoral, medically dangerous app

      I'd read somewhere that a leading psychologist or somesuch said that no trained, certified, or accredited medical professional could or would are use this so-called cure app to even HELP a confused individual. If the medical profession won't touch it, and if Apple would just frackin' do some due diligence to find a consensus from various nations and looks for 12 professionals (3-gay, 3-straight, 3 neutral, 3 non-disclosing) who weigh in, and if they still find the legal and professional fortitude to reject the app as it is or what it claims, then Apple should use THAT as the "primary reason" to reject that app.

      Apple, get off your ass and use some of your money to seek and be guided by professionals, not just your own internal staff of gurus pulling levers and chanting runes! Obviously, someone IN Apple must have been swayed by EI to even resist or prolong a takedown of the app. The app has had vigorous opposition and clearly Apple has some uber chic, fashionable, well-spending gay clientel. I wouldn't e surprised if despite as smaller numerical percentage by sexual orientation, non-heteros (not just gay, but gay friendly, undecided, and swingers, and those who avow to never be held by titles or cateries) spend a proportionalely large amount of money. Pissing them off might not cost Apple TOO much money nor even outright defections, but it would engender or foment irritation that could grow to painful levels if more "gay-cure" like apps or religion gripped the iTunes store or any other Apple property. Religions should not drive technology and products sales. If churches what their own electronic gizmo, they should go to the mega churches and ask for an R&D budget. Watch how fast even the clergy, fellowships, and other flocks refuse to threaten Apple. They'll mostly or all be waiting for the next upgrade... FROM APPLE, not from "god". God is later, but Apple is HERE, NOW. And many worship Steve and Tim more than they do their diety of choice.

  7. rcdicky
    Joke

    Curing homosexuality?

    There's NO app for that :P

  8. Barry O'Connell
    FAIL

    The Doctor has a point....

    For that reason, it seems not unreasonable to have removed the application. If the apparently misquoted content is removed, I don't see why they couldn't resubmit the application. I am against all censorship... "first they came for the fundamentalist christians..."

    1. Elmer Phud
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      Would that be . . .

      . . The Russian Orthodox, the Greek Orthodox, the Coptics or one of the newer mobs like the Catholics?

      Or do you mean the ones that promote 'Christianity or else your are dead'?

    2. Graham Marsden

      @Barry O'Connell

      It is not simply a matter of the misquoted content. This group are free to hold their view that "heterosexuality as God’s creative intent for humanity, and homosexual expression as outside of God’s will", but when they start talking about "curing" it, especially when that "cure" involves techniques which are akin to brainwashing and which have been linked with depression and suicides they have gone beyond reasonable Freedom of Expression.

      As such Apple removing this App is not "censorship", it is them ensuring that the content that they allow is truthful and doesn't risk causing harm to others.

      1. P Zero
        Troll

        lol

        Who said you have freedom of speech on an iPhone?

      2. Barry O'Connell
        Big Brother

        Reply to Graham, Elmur & P Zero

        I don't believe there is a cure for homosexuality. Neither do I believe that I am in need of curing. That doesn’t mean I don’t believe in and respect the right of others to hold contrary views. In the same way I expect the freedom to hold and publicly share my views; I am also willing to speak up for the same right to be extended to those with whom I disagree. I do this because I am aware that when people insert themselves as arbiters of what is reasonable to say in public, I am at risk of one day falling foul of those same thought police myself. Today, it might be the “fundamental Christians” (all of them Elmer, and then maybe the Muslims or people from other faiths or non-faiths) who are being censored, tomorrow it could be me on the basis of some unforeseen new received wisdom. If I don’t speak up now, how could I, in good conscience, expect anyone to speak up for me in future?

        Colin Powell (afaik) once said that “Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.” I like that quote and I believe in its sentiment. I have the right to be offended but not the right to silence those who offend me.

        Graham, I cannot concede to your point about reasonable freedom of expression because it is the road to tyranny. I am sure the leadership in China & Iran are quite comfortable allowing their people to have “reasonable” freedom of expression. We either have freedom of expression or we don’t. As soon as we start to qualify it, we have lost it. Who is to decide what is reasonable anyway? On this issue, perhaps it is black and white to you and maybe even to me but where do we draw the line and who polices that line. And then, who will police the police of that line?

        I agree that reparative therapy has been shown to be damaging, but I believe we must engage in that debate rather than seek to silence it. If we are silencing it, it may look like we have something to hide (and this is certainly the line in some circles). We must win the argument of reason by engaging.

        In today’s world, it is akin to heresy to suggest that homosexuality is curable. In the dark ages it was heresy to suggest the earth revolved around the sun. Do we want to take the approach of the church in the dark ages and simply suppress those we think are speaking dangerous nonsense? I thought we had moved on from that.

        Of course, as P Zero says, this is all academic in the context of iOS. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue the debate.

        1. Graham Marsden

          @Barry O'Connell

          "We either have freedom of expression or we don’t. As soon as we start to qualify it, we have lost it. Who is to decide what is reasonable anyway?"

          And the obvious answer to that is "Is it reasonable to yell 'FIRE!' in a crowded theatre"?

          The Right of Freedom of Expression (which is one that I most certainly support and encourage) has to be balanced with the *Responsibility* to use that Right in a sensible and non-injurious way.

          You can find many posts from me on these forums and elsewhere about the right of consenting adults to produce and view so-called Extreme Pornography, but you won't find any posts from me anywhere about the right of someone to produce child pornography (and just to forestall a possible response: drawings which are entirely fictitious are of course an entirely different matter)

          So that is "qualifying" the Right of Freedom of Expression, but unless you would argue for the right to take photos of children in sexual situations (and I am sure you wouldn't), you must, ipso facto, agree that there *is* a line beyond which that Right has to be restricted.

          As for your analogy that the idea of objecting to those who claim they can "cure homosexuality" is akin to the Church's objection to the Copernican System of Planetary Motion, I am sorry, but that is complete nonsense.

          The former is not an "illness" and to claim this (by saying that it can be "cured") is to ignore not only a huge body of scientific fact, but also to do the same as in, in the latter case, where the Church chose to ignore or suppress or persecute the views (and scientific proofs) of anyone who looked objectively at the evidence.

          Science has moved on from the attitude of "we don't like this, therefore it's wrong", it's just that some who hold to "faith" in defiance of facts are not able to do so.

        2. Goat Jam
          Paris Hilton

          Wow

          2 downvotes, probably more to come. You would have to be the most extremist of zealots to downvote Barry's eloquently presented post here. No, really.

          Either that, or have an insanely developed sense of irony.

          Well done commentards!

          1. The Grinning Duck
            Badgers

            Censorship? Say Wha..?

            Presumably, Goat Jam, the downvotes were on account of the fact that the eloquently presented post was talking about free speech as opposed to Apple yanking an app out of their own self-governed store. I'm guessing that anyone inclined to do so can use their Apple device to browse to the website of Exodus International and read all about their antics there. I can't confirm this as I don't own one, but my Android phone can do it, so can both of my PCs, so I see no reason why an iPhone couldn't. In fact, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that their website is still there, merrily doing its information spreading thang. Unless I've been craftily transplanted,without my knowledge, into a universe where the only way, or even the easiest way, to get information is from an iPhone, via an app, the free speech angle kind of falls flat on its arse. And I don't think I have because I just looked up how to make a sponge cake, and I did it on my Nexus1. Which isn't an iPhone. Or an iPhone app.

            Apple run an app store and can do what the hell they want with it (so long as they can blag that it's in the interest of shareholders), and they do that with aplomb. You can't get an app onto (into?) their store that roundly slags off Apple products, because it's their store for which they set the rules, and they don't seem to be claiming that it is a medium of free information which has no rules. This is similar, in fact, to the reason why Exodus International probably don't have posters on their walls talking about how perfectly natural being gay is: It just doesn't gel with their brand identity. The free information stuff, that's what t'interwebs are for. That's the same t'interwebs you can access from the iPhone using its browser (so, for those at the back, even if your only way of getting this information was via an iPhone, the information is still not censored on your iPhone; you can use the browser). The only difference is that now Apple (which is a company, not a library) doesn't have to associate itself with the information by virtue of it no longer supplying it through its store. Rocket Surgery this is not. So please, how in the name of all things wibbly is this anything at all to do with free speech? Sure, if Apple controlled all the information in the world and you could only read about stuff on an iPhone, via an app, and they started pulling apps, then we can have this debate. Or rather you can, I'd have shot myself in the face by that point.

            The news here seems to be “Walled Garden known to have walls is found to have walls. Which we knew about. But while a bit annoying for some developers, we didn't consider the walls to be a Threat To The Foundation Of Civilisation. But now we do. Because it involves the argument that fundies have a right to hate on gays in any garden they damn well please. Walls or not”. Is that it? No?

            I'm confused. I'm going to eat my cake.

            1. Barry O'Connell
              Coat

              @ Graham & The Grinning Duck

              You are right, there needs to be balance and responsibility. The example you give is clearly an incitement to cause a breach of the peace (at the least, I am no solicitor/policeman). Similarly, it is not acceptable to incite violence or (usually) riot (I say usually because I believe there may be times when inciting a popular uprising of the people against their government can be justified, even if illegal).

              I too oppose laws banning extreme pornography made with consenting adults. I don’t however think it in any way incongruous with freedom of expression to favour the criminalisation of child pornography because that moves from the realms of personal expression to the physical and sexual abuse of another. In summary, I don’t think abusing a child (or indeed anyone) has anything to do with freedom of expression.

              Exodus (or whatever they are called) is preaching their take on god and sexuality. Adults have the choice to listen and try their “medicine” if they choose. It may be damaging but we let adults do things that can be damaging to them all the time and I don’t think we should try to stop that. If this organisation was rounding people up and forcing them to be subjected to their “cure,” that would be an entirely different matter. You might argue that the adults who will voluntarily subject themselves to Exodus’ methods are vulnerable or that they are being exploited after years of indoctrination. Going back to the porn issue; there are plenty (not all, but definitely plenty) of people in the porn industry who are being exploited and are left very damaged by it. You, and I, are not calling for porn to be banned because, whether we agree or like it or not, adults are choosing to work in that industry. Similarly, adults should be allowed to hear what Exodus has to say and accept or reject it for themselves.

              My analogy was not about the value of the content of any given argument but about our response. I am suggesting we should eschew the response of the church in the dark ages (silence the heretic) in our response to any idea with which we disagree (even if it is patent nonsense). As P. Lee suggests above, to show people how they are wrong, you have to let them speak and be heard. Some of the comments on this article suggest that all religious belief and/or behaviour should be criminalised; that’s where your argument leads – they are loonies they should be banned for the public good/health/sanity etc… I think that’s a slippery slope.

              Grinning Duck – I am talking about freedom of speech/expression in the context of Graham’s first reply. I don’t think there is anything wrong with an article sparking a discussion that is wider in scope than original article. Of course Apple can do what they like with their walled garden. Their uber closed approach is something I detest about them – I am hopeful and personally believe that their model will not be the dominant mobile platform model in a few years time. Was the cake nice? I like cake (as anyone who saw a picture of me would very quickly figure out).

              1. Graham Marsden

                @Barry O'Connell

                "Some of the comments on this article suggest that all religious belief and/or behaviour should be criminalised; that’s where your argument leads – they are loonies they should be banned for the public good/health/sanity etc… I think that’s a slippery slope."

                I'm sorry, but I disagree (and what others may be calling for is nothing to do with me and I don't necessarily agree with them either).

                In any case, the "slippery slope" is actually the one that follows from your advocating that "We either have freedom of expression or we don’t. As soon as we start to qualify it, we have lost it. Who is to decide what is reasonable anyway?"

                I am not advocating "silence the heretic" however I am pointing out that if your freedom to act is restricted by the expression "my freedom to swing my fists about ends at the tip of your nose" it is only because you have the Right to behave in whatever way you choose *provided* that it does not infringe on other's Right not to (for example) be punched in the face.

                The Exodus group's App is not merely expressing a view, it is advocating a dangerous course of action ie that if you are gay you can be "cured" by their methods.

                We have restrictions on "miracle cure" claims from advertisers for their products which is, by your argument, unacceptable, because it restricts their freedom of expression whereas I am simply arguing that unless such claims can be scientifically proven to be demonstrably correct, they should not be allowed to make them due to the harm that could follow.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    One would hope

    that if you write a book called "Leaving Homosexuality" , then you must have had some experience in the matter. Am I right in thinking that since he writes so authoritatively on the matter he is, himself, homosexual, or has at some time been so?

  10. Nick Pettefar

    Curing Gay-ness?

    Are we back in the 1950s?

    Where's the bromide?

  11. DrXym Silver badge

    Offensive to large groups of people

    That sounds like a pretty nebulous definition. Should we also ban apps that teach evolution because they're offensive to christian fundamentalists? What about bible apps which are offensive to muslims? What about first person shooters? What about a game like GTA Chinatown which simulates drug dealing? What about astrology / new age apps? etc.

    I suppose it's Apple's own fault for putting itself in the position of arbiter of good taste. But its clear the rules exist in an arbitrary capacity to use when it suits them and ignore when it doesn't.

    1. M Gale

      And therein lies the problem.

      By acting as the self-appointed Arbiter of Morality, as opposed to just deleting malware, Apple and its app store will always have this trouble. You can't cater to one special interest group without catering to them all, and by agreeing to censor you become a lot more liable for any objectionable content.

      Same problem with national firewalls and other such hysterically child-contemplating ideas.

    2. A J Stiles
      Grenade

      Obvious innit

      There is such a thing as "deserved offence". For instance, it's OK to offend large numbers of people *when they are wrong* -- and they deserve to be offended *because* they are wrong.

      Offending people who believe that urine is inflammable is perfectly OK. Likewise adults with imaginary friends .....

      1. Goat Jam
        FAIL

        "when they are wrong"

        O'rly?

        Who decides who is right and who is wrong? Or is everything black and white in your world?

        1. A J Stiles
          FAIL

          Who decides?

          Cold, hard mathematics decides who is right and who is wrong.

    3. zen1

      Can't have it both ways

      Just because of the implied freedom of expression, speach or option, that doesn't automatically insinuate freedom from being offended. I think it was stupid for Apple to buckle to anybody, regardless of how proper (or politically correct) it was.

    4. dssf

      Nebulous Definition

      That "Nebulous Definition" is a cheesy, dubious weasel clause. Probably cooked up by their legal counsel on the spot. The LC team probably threw die in the corner while downing jello shot scrounging around for a legal phrase, laughing all the while.

      Really, Apple, get off the weasel clauses and just have a category of: "proferring, purloining, or positing medical or psychological or psychiatric "help" in a manner, mode, or method that would not be supported by practicing psychological or psychiatric professionals"

  12. Anonymous Coward
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    Yay, go homosexualists!

    Always nice to make the horrid fundies can their hate-filled bile and poison.

    If anyone would like to then go on to marry the fsck out of each other in front of the Daily Mail's Melanie Philips, I would happily buy them a restorative drink after.

    1. Tigra 07 Silver badge
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      RE: AC

      The sad thing is that Melanie Phillips would actually turn up at your gay wedding if you invited her.

      She'd also bring a camera crew along and write a hateful blog though.

      1. LaeMing
        Joke

        She isn't one of these women...

        ...who guys keep 'being gay' to get out of dating is she?

  13. JaitcH
    Happy

    Jehovah's Witnesses next - it'll mean we can sleep in Saturdays

    In Toronto the Saturday morning lie-in was usually interrupted by the persistent ring of the door bell.

    When answered the sleepless home owner would usually be greeted by a nubile wench, conservatively dressed of course, and wizened partner, of indiscriminate age and sex, preaching the benefits of Hubbard's wacky science.

    The Witnesses could have an App written so only those who actually believed that drivel could receive the message whilst everyone else could lie in bed dreaming about nubile wenches!

    1. Jimbo 6

      You're confusing the J-Dubz with Scientologists

      Either way, whilst I do appreciate them giving up their weekends trying to save my sinful backside, I'm always reminded of one particular episode of the 'Johnny Nemo' cartoon

      (Loud banging on door. Johnny opens it.)

      "Are you ready to open your heart, to receive God ?"

      "I wouldn't open my wallet, to receive money, at this bloody time of day !"

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Alert

      Wasnt he Scientology

      old Hubbard?

      1. No, I will not fix your computer
        Flame

        Re: Wasnt he Scientology

        <clue>

        Ron Hubbard, Mohammed, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, David Icke

        </clue>

        <answer>

        They are all the same

        </answer>

        No joke alert icon, because I mean it.

    3. LaeMing
      Joke

      If you answer the door in the nude...

      ...you soon get your address blacklisted from their visits.

      (stay behind the screen door please, the neighbours don't need to see that!)

      1. '); DROP TABLE comments; --
        Go

        And from personal experience...

        If you answer the door after a weekend of rabbit shooting, while in the act of skinning and gutting 155 rabbits, wearing a butcher's apron covered in blood and rabbit guts, carrying a dripping skinning knife, and inform them that this is the House of Satan, would they please mind not interrupting your Sabbath sacrifices, your address gets blacklisted *immediately* and you are never bothered by them again!

        The subsequent visit from the police may necessitate some explaining, however...

    4. dssf
      Happy

      Hehehehe... Indiscriminate

      "indiscriminate age and sex,", or "indeterminate age and sex,"

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns

    is this a title?

    It's questionable whether this app is actually 'discriminatory' - rather unpleasant and offensive to many people, certainly, possibly even illegal in some jurisdictions which ban thoughts and opinions, but I'm not sure if it's actually discriminatory - refusing to sell it to people on the basis of sexual orientation, religion etc would be discriminatory, but the mere existence of the nasty little app is not actually discriminatory.

    Part of the problem seems to be that Apple insist that only items sold through their private shop can be used on the kit they manufacture (I nearly said 'their' kit, but once money has changed hands, it's the owner's kit). It's fine for Apple to decide what they sell or don't sell in their shop - as WH Smith, Waterstones and the local Spar can decide what they sell in their shops. The local newsagent doesn't have to sell 'Gay Times' or 'Evangelicals Now' or 'Saucy Housewives' if they don't want to. But prospective buyers of those can always go somewhere else. But there isn't an alternative shop to buy Apple Apps - the 'raving loony fundie iApp store' for instance. Where would we be if in the dim and distant past Sony had insisted that only VHS tapes sold through the 'Sony shop' could possibly be played on a VHS recorder? Or if Ikea insisted that only books approved by Ikea and sold in Ikea shops could be placed on Ikea bookshelves?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      But Sony

      But Sony insists it has the right to decide what software can be played on your Playstation, that's the model Apple is following.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        choice

        People choose which console to buy depending on what they want to play, if they want more choice they get a PC, or both.

        I think people will soon start choosing other OSs for their portable devices that allow them to do what they want. If Apple provide all they want they will probabl;y buy an apple, its the "popular" choice.

    2. Tigra 07 Silver badge
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      RE: AC

      The point isn't that people don't have to download it, the point is that apple would ban any similar app that could "cure" black people or the chinese.

      A gay kid's coming out is the most stressful thing they will ever do and telling them they're evil and a sinner at the time just leads to depression or suicide, there's loads of cases of it.

    3. Mectron

      it;s all about religion

      1. Religion should not be a right PERIOD

      2. ALL public display of religion need ot ba outlaw

      3 ALL (illegall) benefits religious group get from the goverment need to be removed.

      4. Any trace of religion need to be removed from the planet.

      this will PERMANANTLY Solve the problems.

      THERE IS NOT SUCH THING AS GOD. now deal with reality.

      1. Yag
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        Wow...

        Just replace "religion" by "other religion than <insert the true one>" in those raging ramblings, and you'll reach Torquemadesque level of bigotery...

      2. No, I will not fix your computer
        Grenade

        Re: it;s all about religion

        It's odd how a handful of lines in a book (and in the case of lesbians, one line) can create so much hate, more so when the book has more instructions about dietry considerations which seem to be ignored by the people doing the hating.

        #1 You can't get away with saying there's something wrong with someone based on their sex, age, colour - i.e. it's not appropriate to criticise something that we don't have a choice over - seems reasonable.

        #2 You can criticise someone for a choice they have made (e.g. buying a french car) - seems reasonable

        How is criticising someones sexual orientation ever OK? oh wait, get out the magic "religious viewpoint" card and it's a sin which means you can get away with being a bigot.

        Why can't we criticise religious people for being religious? surely that's a choice they have complete control over? ahhh... the magic "religious viewpoint" card again.

        Given we have a damn sight more control over the religions we believe than the sex we find attractive why do we have this oxymoronic tolerance of religously fueld bigotry?

        >>4. Any trace of religion need to be removed from the planet.

        >>this will PERMANANTLY Solve the problems.

        Actually, as much as I agree with the removal of religion, bigots will still be bigots, they just won't have the protection of relgion to hide behind.

  15. Gannon (J.) Dick
    IT Angle

    Officially a toy

    I seem to remember people going to school for quite a long time to learn how to do stuff with those computer thingies. As if it was a job or something. That was before surgeons went back to cutting hair.

    IT Angle ? There isn't any, and that's the problem. Anyone with an advanced degree who's iPhone is sitting on the desk, instead of in the trashcan where it belongs does not get it.

  16. J 3
    Coat

    Cue...

    Cue the revelation that Mr. Chambers has some muscle boy lover, usually in drug filled parties. It seems the way it usually goes for these bigot types, curiously enough (not). And the icon is the muscle boy *removing* his coat...

  17. Figgus

    Q: How do you cure homosexuality?

    A: Make them trade in their iPhone for an android device, of course.

    1. Mike Moyle Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: How do you cure homosexuality?

      Won't work, I'm afraid -- at that point they'll just be Androidgenous homosexuals.

      1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: Re: How do you cure homosexuality?

        That's the worst fucking bollocks I've ever seen on this site in the guise of a gag, and I have been here for three and a half years and seen every flavour of fucking bollocks in the universe parade past my eyes.

        For shame, commentard. For shame.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Coffee/keyboard

          "every flavour of fucking bollocks"

          Mouthwash please!

          and a new keyboard...

        2. Figgus
          Pint

          Shame?

          I outdid everyone else you've seen for the last 3.5 years and you tell me I should be ashamed?

          I'm jubilant! Time for a celebratory beverage as a reward for a job well done!

          1. Goat Jam
            Pint

            Not to rain on your parade or anything

            but I think Ms Bee was referring to the effort of Mr Moyle.

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  18. DirkGently
    Flame

    Has anyone written an app...

    ... to cure religious tendencies? After all, isn't it a kind of insanity?

    1. Tigra 07 Silver badge
      Pint

      RE: Dirk

      Yep, right here.

      You just start with a tanktop, skinny jeans, sandals, and a crew cut.

      You end with the pool boy or gardener (or your fabulous hairdresser if you're not well off).

    2. Mectron

      SImple

      a total ban of religion planet wide with death penalty for *ANY* religious behaviour of any kind.

      1. LaeMing
        Megaphone

        Total ban.

        Didn't they try that in some countries last century? Didn't work.

        I don't have a problem with religeon per-se. It is just some of the wacky anti-humanitarian BS and kiddie-bedtime-stories dressed up as it that creeps me out.

        I'm pretty sure if some sort of God exists, it won't be anything at all like tiny little human minds can make up in their own image as an excuse for whatever bad behaviour they want to take part in that century.

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Big Brother

    Common sense wins overall

    If ya dont like it, dont download it!

    1. Keefey
      Unhappy

      Pah

      What about the parents who download this crap and then subject the content to their children?

      1. LaeMing

        Their kids can sue them...

        ...for psychological abuse, more than likely.

        1. Oliver Mayes

          re: Their kids can sue them...

          That's assuming that the child doesn't become depressed and self-hating after failing to completely suppress their 'disease' and commits suicide.

      2. Goat Jam
        Megaphone

        So you think that

        the government (or apple) should be the ones to decide what parents can and can't subject their own children to?

        You don't think that these parents would be able to find other ways to "subject their children to" this sort of material?

        The holier-than-though proselytising going on in this thread from the people who applaud this decision is astonishing. I'm no Christian, nor am I anti-gay but you guys are cheering for something that is fundamentally wrong purely on the basis that you happen to agree with the particular details in this case.

        Were apple to exert the exact same authority to ban something that you support, I have no doubt that you would be up in arms and whining all over the internet about who unfair it all is.

        You guys are no better than the fundy xtians that you are fighting against. You are so caught up in "fighting the good fight" that you can no longer distinguish right from wrong.

        Apple banned this because it "causes offense to large numbers of people".

        Well, here's a clue, lots of people have nothing better to do with their lives than find things to be offended about. I've noticed that gays are especially talented at this but Christians are rather good at it too.

        Maybe apple should start banning more apps that might cause other groups of people offense?

        We've already established that it is OK to ban stuff right?

        Maybe we should ban apps that make it easier for gays to find nightclubs or hook-up partners? I vote we start with "Grindr". That app is promoting homosexuality doncha know?

        There are lots and lots of insane Christians who are likely to get *very* offended by that.

        Time to grab the banning wand again methinks.

        Downvotes from zealot brigade in three, two, one . .

  20. Mectron

    Again Simple solution

    Exodus International need to be shutdown and those behind need to be jailled for life, for crimes agains humanity.

    All religious baed apps need to be BAN. Religious is a discrace to the human race and any beeiving those fairis tales should be considered mentally ill.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Fairis?

      Eeek!

    2. LaeMing
      Happy

      With a name like Exodus International...

      ...surely exiling them from the planet is the locical solution.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Censorship

    Always a win for fundies.

  22. Alan 43

    equality???? or freedom of speech?

    interesting that this is classed as `bigotry` and `anti-gay` when in fact it was an app for Gay people who struggle with their sexuality. Surely it is for those people to decide to download it or not. Lots of this sort of thing going on - Christian B&B, Christian Florists, Church Ads, Christian foster carers all being told what they can do and cant do and what they are and are not allowed to think or have opinions on. In the case of the Church ad atleast the judge ruled in favour of freedom of speech. The Vatican (not the best source considering the pedo Priest scandals) were at the UN this week and also a Scottish Catholic Bishop called on Prime Minister Cameron to state if he thought Christian morality was bigoted. Was also interesting to see the gay, athiest Dr David Starkey on BBC Question time support the Christian foster carers.

    http://www.kilsally.co.uk

    1. Gilbert Wham

      != doesn't equal letters and/or digits

      "Christian B&B, Christian Florists, Church Ads, Christian foster carers all being told what they can do and cant do"

      I've always found such headlines, on further inspection, turn out that what the poor, downtrodden christians are told they *can't* do, is be absolute arseholes to everyone else *all the time*. Telling other people what they can do and cant do and what they are and are not allowed to think or have opinions on being something of which they seem inordinately fond.

      And 'struggle with their sexuality'? And an app produced by those wackadoodles is going to help, is it? With the struggle seeming to be worrying that massive swathes of the population are going to be irredeemably awful to them expressly because of their sexuality, a thing that makes their fucking TELEPHONE give them shit for it as well seems like overkill.

      As an aside, El Reg, can we not at least have BB Code on here? It's *very* hard to emphasise *exactly* how much of a dick someone is being without the use of italics. I'd have thought you'd have *noticed* this by now, you *utter* swines.

    2. Tigra 07 Silver badge
      Thumb Down

      RE: Alan

      That's the stupidest rant i've ever read.

      Are you honestly saying that religious people should be exempt from equality laws?

      Are you honestly saying that you respect the right of any religious person to ban someone from staying at their hotel, eating in their restaurant or even going to tesco because they may be owned by a christian and may not agree that sexuality is genetic/unchangeable?

      The Bible is a book of hate that is used to win arguments, remember how it was used to enslave black people and stop women from voting and having rights?

      People like you belong in the dark ages Alan, crawl back under your rock.

  23. sisk

    Cure for homosexuality??

    Ok, born gay vs made gay debates aside, what could they possibly have put in an app that anyone would believe could 'cure' homosexuality?? I know people joke about the iPhone being able to do anything and all, but surely convincing a gay man that they want to be with the fairer sex is beyond the capabilities of any software in existance outside the human brain. And that's even assuming such a feat would be possible at all (which I do not assume). Call me crazy, but I'm just a little confused that the app is in existance at all and my confusion has nothing to do with the offensive-to-many nature of such an app.

    1. Red Bren
      Coat

      Does it work both ways?

      "...surely convincing a gay man that they want to be with the fairer sex is beyond the capabilities of any software..."

      What happens to a woman who uses such an app? I bet it's creators would be mortified to discover it could be used to make lesbians...

    2. Barry O'Connell
      Thumb Up

      good point

      an iPhone app certainly couldn't do that. An iPad app, on the other hand, just might. The iPad being magic and revolutionary and all :-)

  24. Stuart Duel
    Jobs Halo

    Offensive to a large group

    It would, of course, be offensive to the GLBT community, but also to the supportive parents, siblings, relatives, friends and colleagues and offensive to the vast majority of health professionals who find such "gay cure" nonsense dangerous to the well being of vulnerable people this app is aimed at.

    Thank you Apple.

  25. Patrick R
    IT Angle

    is it friday yet ?

    Or shall we stop reading this political/ethical/religious bs? Ok, it's called 'Jesus phone', but come on...

  26. bruceld
    Jobs Horns

    Apple are hypocrates....

    I say...the next time Apple decides to let another bigoted anti-gay "app" (a word I'm really starting to loath now) stay...Lady Gaga as well as other gay/gay-positive artists should pull all of her music from iTunes and go elsewhere.

    I have decided that I absolutely loath Apple now as TWICE they've let this happen. I was seriously thinking about buying an iPhone 4.0 or possibly the next 5.0. I've decided I'm just going to buy an Android and tell everyone that I know to consider never buying Apple products again.

    The fan boys can keep Apple fat, ignorant and rich.

  27. Frank Fisher
    Big Brother

    more censorship...

    And it's Apple's perogative of course, it's their walled garden. But it does follow a pattern of increasing insistence from the (not)-liberal left that everyone think their way...

    By all means punish someone who physically attacks homosexuals - but punish someone who says they think it's wrong? Which is effectively what you're doing if all dissent attracts twitter wars, firings, media outrage, and sometimes prosecution? Nah. I value free speech. You'd think the gay lobby would too; there are notable exceptions - Peter Tatchell being one - but most of the gay lobby really do think it should be against the law to upset them. Sod that.

    I have no problem with anyoen doing anything they like in their bedroom. But no one, under any circumstances, ever, gets to tell me what I should do in my head.

    1. gc73

      positive censorship

      I don't think it's an insistence that everyone thinks the same, it's more a group of people fed up with being treated like second class citizens pressing for recognition of their rights.

      I have no problem with people holding a different view to me, I'm sure there are plenty of things we'd disagree on. I DO have a problem with people promoting their ideas in a manner or language that attacks me (posters on lampposts, leafleting, homophobic apps).

      Describing my being as a disease which requires curing does not send a positive message, and I am not surprised there are people who "struggle" with their sexuality if they are being told there is something wrong with them all the time, and that is what I would like to see change.

      1. Frank Fisher
        FAIL

        Re:positive censorship

        positive censorship? There is no such thing. If you don't like someone's views, persuade them of the error of their ways, don't try to gag them.

        For one thing it's totally counterproductive. If someone suggest you're sick, and you try to silence him, via prosecution, persecution, or a flame mob, he'll go away still thinking you're sick, but also thinking you're an arsehole.

  28. Barry O'Connell

    Totally Agree

    I can never understand how groups who have been oppressed (such as lesbian and gay people) can be so quick to become the oppressor. Christianity too - oppressed in its infancy only to become a violent aggressor. I was once a member of a minority Christian movement (that many call a cult) that was very much oppressed in its early years and as a result explicitly stated a belief in the separation of church and state, only to cozy up to US Gov once it grew a bit in order to lobby for laws consistent with it’s conservative theology.

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just curious...

    If Apple is willing to ban a "cure homosexuality" app, would the be equally willing to ban a "cure homophobia" app too?

    I believe it was Terry Pratchett who wrote something along the lines of, "The first thing that people who preach tolerance want you to tolerate... is their own lack of tolerance".

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Free alternative

    You don't need to pay for an app to be cured, the church will do it fo free

    http://noticias.universogay.com/sacerdote-abusa-sexualmente-de-menores-gays__23032011.html

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