An Apple a day keeps ex-gays away

Posted: March 30, 20111:00 am Eastern

By Christopher Doyle © 2011

It used to be that literature, scientific research and ex-gay books would quietly be misplaced in the wrong section in your local bookstore. Now that we're in the digital age, it's not only happening on the bookshelves, but on the Internet as well. Turns out some are still threatened by the fact that people can change from gay to straight. So, rather than debate, reason and perform the necessary research to prove their point, perpetrators of viewpoint discrimination use another strategy: defame, intimidate and remove all others' views except their own.

Take, for example, last week's decision by computer-giant Apple to remove a prominent Christian ex-gay ministry's application from their market. After less than a month on the market, Exodus International's app was downloaded by over 16,000 individuals. However, activists pressured the company to remove the app, claiming it was offensive to gays and lesbians because it offered a so-called "gay cure," which is nowhere found in the product. Apple caved, in spite of initially giving the app a 4+ rating, meaning it contains no objectionable content.

Apple's decision to discriminate against ex-gays using their own standards is questionable, especially since their policy also states: "Applications that place the targeted individual or group in harm's way will be rejected." One of these dangerous apps is called "Grindr (Gay, bi, & curious guy finder of the same sex)," which uses GPS to locate casual sex partners for men who have sex with men (MSM). According to the Centers for Disease, Control, and Prevention, over 70 percent of new HIV infections in the United States occur among MSM.

For companies like Apple, it's purely a numbers game. They're making far more money on gays than ex-gays. After all, Grinder has over 1.5 million users in 180 countries, compared to just 16,000 users for the ex-gay app (before it was pulled). Considering that Apple endorses over 200 applications serving the gay community; it makes perfect cents (sense). But Apple's a private company, so they can do what they want, right?

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