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Apple rejects anti-gay ‘Manhattan Declaration’ from App Store — again

Saturday, January 1, 2011
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Apple has once again rejected the anti-gay iPhone application, “Manhattan Declaration,” from its App Store even after its creators revised its original submission.

The edited version of the application removed a poll which asked users their opinions regarding LGBT relationships and abortion, and awarded points for “correct” answers, which were in opposition to LGBT-equality.

One question asked, “Do you support same-sex relationships?” If a user answered “yes,” they were told that they had replied incorrectly.

Apple re-affirmed its earlier decision to yank the “Manhattan Declaration,” and said the app is “objectionable and potentially harmful to others.”

“Inasmuch as the Manhattan Declaration simply reaffirms the moral teachings of our Christian faith on the sanctity of human life, marriage and sexual morality, and religious freedom and the rights of conscience, Apple’s statement amounts to the charge that our faith is ‘potentially harmful to others,’” the creators said in a statement.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Apple removed the “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.

The “Manhattan Declaration” is a 4,700-word 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.

The application’s creators plan to appeal their rejected app to Apple’s App Review Board after the holidays.

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