For a second time, Apple has rejected “The Manhattan Declaration” and their proposed anti-gay app under the grounds that it could lead “to expose a group to harm” and “to be objectionable and potentially harmful to others,” which was why they banned the app the first time. Good for them for standing up for equality! The lengthy “Manhattan Declaration” is a statement that the organization feels was “born out of an urgent concern about growing efforts to marginalize the Christian voice in the public square, to redefine marriage, and to move away from the biblical view of the sanctity of life.”
The declaration responded to Apple’s rejection by saying, “this is an appalling response from Apple. Nearly 500,000 Christians have signed the Manhattan Declaration including representatives from many major Protestant denominations, leading Catholic Bishops and leaders of the Orthodox Church.” They also add, that the ban is “a statement of animus by a major American corporation against the beliefs of millions of Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox citizens. It is our sincere hope that Apple will draw back from this divisive and deeply offensive position.”
The organization tried submitted the app the first time in 2009 which described LGBT relationships as “immoral sexual partnerships,” and “not a civil right.” It even included a quiz on gay civil rights where people got points for getting the right answer (which was clearly the anti-gay one).
I certainly commend Apple for supporting gays and the fight for equal rights by denying this organization from trying to spread hate using their platform.