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

Saturday, January 1, 2011

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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20 more reader comments:

  1. Gotta love apple <3

    Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 9:25pm
  2. I wish I was in the market for a new or second desktop.

    Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 9:25pm
  3. Glad to own a Mac! xD

    Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 9:27pm
  4. I had to laugh at “Apple’s statement amounts to the charge that our faith is ‘potentially harmful to others,’” Clearly the creators have never heard of the crusades, the salem witch trials… or any other incidents throughout hitstory where people were killed for opposing the christian faith.

    Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 9:29pm
  5. It’s couse the majority of Mac owners are gay or gay friendly :P.

    Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 9:29pm
  6. Well Apple, you may charge too much for popular songs, but at least we’re on the same page here. :3

    Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 9:30pm
  7. Smart move Apple…Smart move

    Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 9:32pm
  8. I love apple! I’m using my iPod touch to type this as I speak

    Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 9:33pm
  9. Oh I can just hear NOM SCREAM about this one, lol!!! Good for Apple to stand strong against hatred and homophobia.

    Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 9:35pm
  10. If same-sex marriages is to be viewed as an equivalent to sanctioning incest. Then, any sin commited by Christian and Catholic leaders and any others from that point of view is to be viewed as the same as but not limited to, homosexuality. To return the favor of said fairness. They have judged, so they are judged.

    Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 10:12pm
  11. Watch out for the kitchen sink…

    Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 11:20pm
  12. Thank you Apple!

    Posted on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 11:06am
  13. Christians are so f'd up.

    Jesus would not be happy with them.

    Posted on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 4:01pm
  14. 1. Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery. But he also said go and sin no more.

    2. Jesus also said he came to fulfill the law, not do away with it. What law was that? The law of Moses, given by God. What does the law of Moses say about homosexuality? Go and read it.

    3. There will be a judgment. And Jesus will be the judge. Whose standards will He use? Yours?

    Posted on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 5:56am
  15. The law of moses says nothing about homosexuality, it was another man who wrote those verses. Also, the same "law" about homosexuality says you can't shave your beard; it is a sin. Good luck with that one.

    Replied on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 7:08pm
  16. F Jesus GO BUDAH!

    Posted on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 11:16pm
  17. I bet that if you answered all of the questions "correctly", it said "congratulations! you are pure!" at the end.

    Posted on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 6:03pm
  18. Apple has the right to do with its site as it wants. I am opposed to gay marriages but we cannot insist private companies accept our app anymore than I would allow a gay message to be inserted in my church bulletin. We love the gays but oppose their sin, just as we love the murderers and pedophiles but oppose their sin.

    Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 5:11am
  19. I have all apple stuff and I’m glad :-)

    Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 12:12am