Apple Removes Christian Ministry App After LGBT Activists Complain
Apple has removed a Christian ministry's app from its app store.
The removal comes from a complaint that was filed through the petition website Change.org.
According to the petition,
The app falsely portrays being gay as an "addiction", "sickness", and "sin". The American Psychiatric Association warns that attempts to change one's sexual orientation can lead to "anxiety, depression, and self-destructive behavior," including suicide. Why would Apple allow its online store to be used as a platform to promote such dangerous, homophobic garbage?
This is not the first time Apple has had to confront this issue. In 2011, Truth Wins Out launched a Change.org petition that gathered almost 150,000 signatures to successfully remove the Exodus "ex-gay" app from the Apple Store. Let's demand that Apple does the right thing again, so LGBT youth won't be tormented by hateful bigots and bullies.
In a letter from Living Hope Ministries, they told The Christian Post in an email:
"We are saddened by Apple's and Microsoft's removal of our app because of a single person's false accusations. Regardless of their decision we will continue to make the app and our services available to those who seek them," said Ricky Chalette, executive director of the ministry.
"We are a ministry that for nearly thirty years has helped individuals resolve their feelings they deem incongruent with their faith," he continued. "We help people deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ through Bible study and accountability. We walk with them to align their lives with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Through support groups they realize they are not alone and are able to share honestly and openly in a non-condemning atmosphere about their struggles, passions, and victories. From chaos and confusion they often find peace, hope, and a deeper sense of personal wholeness. Our ministry is free and strictly voluntary."
He added, "In a day when diversity and tolerance is celebrated I would hope it would be extended to issues of faith and practice."
Censoring the Christian worldview and biblical beliefs is not anything new or completely unexpected, and believe me there is being much done to combat the intolerant views of the secular world against Christianity. When the time is right, they won't have a leg to stand on.