Tech giant Apple throws out ‘gay cure’ app after protests

Exodus International

Exodus InternationalFACED with intense opposition to its ‘gay cure app’, developed by US-based Christian group Exodus International, Apple is said to be considering beating a retreat.

Although the app has been on sale for over a month now, it is no longer available for sale, reports said.

The free app is created by the Florida-based organization Exodus International which says its goal is to help people who feel conflicted between their faith and sexuality.

Users who make use of the app are directed to the organization’s web site which provides information and resources.

Playing down negative reportage surrounding the app, Exodus International president Alan Chambers told Fox News: “We often hear that we’re the organization that converts homosexuals into heterosexuals or that this is the ‘gay cure’ app. You know, that’s just ridiculous. Not only can we not cure someone of homosexuality; we don’t even know that that’s even possible.”

However, Jeff Buchanan, Senior Director of Church Equipping and Student Ministries for Exodus International, told Fox News: “I wanted to view my life through the lens of my faith, not through the lens of my sexuality.”

He says he was able to reconcile the two.

“I am happily married,” he said. “My orientation has changed. Does that mean that the change has been absolute? That some temptation remains? Well, of course, temptation remains for all people; however, that does not dictate who I am.  That does not dictate my identity.”

The app that was ‘designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders’ offered ‘freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus.’

The Florida-based ministry group said it was offering a ‘healing alternative’ for those with same-sex orientation.

“Our member ministries provide support for individuals who want to recover from homosexuality, as well as provide support for their family (parents, spouses, children, relatives) and friends,” it said.

Exodus International said more than 16,000 people have already downloaded its free app that aims to help people who are confused about their sexual orientation.

However, all that does not wash with the gay community.  It has protested Apple’s stance that apparently portrays gays as someone to be ‘healed.’ While others have asked the tech giant to steer clear of religious propaganda.

Reports said the detractors of the app wrote a letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, demanding that Apple withdraw it.

According to a news report, the app had got a 4+ rating from Apple, signifying that that Apple does not consider the material offensive. However, over 146,000 people have signed a petition asking Apple to withdraw the controversial app.

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