Apple removes anti-gay ‘Manhattan Declaration’ application from App Store


Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Apple removed the new “Manhattan Declaration” application from it’s App store after a petition of over 8,000 signatures was sent to them decrying the anti-gay marriage messaging it carried. Pro-Hate groups are flipping out of course.

The application, dubbed Manhattan Declaration and described as a “call of Christian Conscience,” was yanked from the App Store sometime over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend–originally introduced in October, the app advocated “the sanctity of life, the dignity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and religious liberty.”

Social activism website led the charge against the Manhattan Declaration app, launching an online petition calling the application “anti-gay” and “anti-choice” and encouraging Apple to remove it: “Apple needs to hear from concerned people now! Let’s send a strong message to Apple that supporting homophobia and efforts to restrict choice is bad business,” the petition said.

So what does Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council have to say?

On issues like marriage, where homosexuals are clearly losing the debate, they’ll simply try to put the question beyond debate. And until we push back, liberals will continue to throw the trump card of hate until there are no longer two sides to any issue.

America is starting to play by their rules of “if you can’t say anything nice about homosexuality, don’t say anything at all.”

The Manhattan Declaration is a manifesto released in 2009 by Christian and Catholic leaders Charles Colson, Robert George, and Timothy George, and rails against the “erosion” of marriage.

The declaration says that gay relationships are “immoral” and that same-sex marriages are equivalent to sanctioning incest.

In response to the app’s removal, an Apple spokeswoman e-mailed CNET the following statement:

“We removed the Manhattan Declaration app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people.”

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