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Apple pulls iTunes store from anti-gay ‘Christian Values Network’

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Apple has removed their iTunes store from the “Christan Values Network” (CVN) after more than 22,000 people signed a petition on Change.org asking the technology company to stop allowing the funding of anti-gay organizations such as Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council.

CVN, which operates the online shopping site CVG.org, raises money for various religious groups through product purchases at over 600 participating companies — which, until now, included Apple. When customers make purchases through CVN, a donation is made to the charity of the customer’s choice.

A few of the groups are certainly controversial. For instance, the founder of Abiding Truth Ministries, Scott Lively, wrote a book titled “The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party,” which attempts to link homosexuality with extreme militarism in the Nazi party, and the Family Research Council actively lobbies against LGBT rights and advocates a one-year waiting period before a married couple with children can legally divorce (excepting domestic abuse).

Their inclusion in CVN’s network prompted student (and apparent Apple enthusiast) Ben Crowther to launch a campaign through Change.org, petitioning CVN business participants to “Stop Supporting Anti-Gay Hate Groups.” The petition asks CVN to “remove the five listed hate groups from their website,” claiming they’re “discriminatory and encourage violence against LGBT people, all while promoting their bigoted missions in the name of religion.”

The Apple campaign followed Microsoft’s decision to leave CVN two weeks ago, prompted by another customer-driven campaign on Change.org. Several other companies have removed their online stores since then, including REI, Macy’s, Delta Airlines, BBC America, and Wells Fargo.

“From the beginning, I knew that once this issue was brought to Apple’s attention, they would not want to be a part of CVN because it funds anti-gay hate groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council,” said Crowther. “Apple is a fair-minded business. I’m glad this petition helped make Apple aware of this issue, and I am thrilled that they removed iTunes from CVN.”

Among the groups using the Christian Values Network to raise money are Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, Summit Ministries, Abiding Truth Ministries, and the Liberty Counsel. Each organization has been identified as an anti-gay “hate group” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Focus on the Family has described being gay as “a particularly evil lie of Satan.”

The Family Research Council is formerly a part of Focus on the Family, and has been identified as a known “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Family Research Council spokesperson and board member Peter Sprigg said he believes that “gay behavior” should be criminalized.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. They”ll always have AM Radio!!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 3:28pm
  2. THANK YOU…..

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 3:28pm
  3. Finally someone standing UP and stepping away! WTG Apple!!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 3:29pm
  4. AWESOME

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 3:31pm
  5. It’s about fucking time!

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 3:31pm
  6. woot woot!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 3:40pm
  7. Agreed! I wish this kind of hate would stop. we aren’t hurting anyone!

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 3:42pm
  8. If you guys would like more companies to take a stand against bigoted anti-gay supporters email said companies! Show them how much they need our business and how much the gay community contributes. More and more are climbing aboard to fight for and support equality!

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 3:45pm
  9. Yay! I can start buying music again! :D

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 3:52pm
  10. Yay Apple!

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 4:44pm
  11. YAY APPLE!

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 5:03pm
  12. i know who to support with my money i only give my money to places that are pro-gay rights.

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 5:33pm
  13. It shouldn’t have taken a petition for Apple to do this…

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 6:06pm
  14. I was one of many that signed.. So their,there…huff!

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 6:13pm
  15. Why do so many religous organizations claim to promote peace and equality, and with the same breath of air, launch a hate campaign? Religion is the biggest lie ever told and believed by so many people!

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 7:20pm
  16. Read it on my Time app the other day.

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 8:34pm
  17. It’s about damn time.

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 8:38pm
  18. Nice.

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 8:45pm
  19. Go Apple!

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 8:49pm
  20. AWESOME!!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 8:53pm
  21. I support Gay Rights

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 9:00pm
  22. One more to leave the CVN. Awesome!

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 9:05pm
  23. YAY Apple!! :D

    Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 11:18pm
  24. Wow, so some of those petitions DO work.

    Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 at 3:26am
  25. I’m glad Apple has ended its relationship with Christian Values Network to show its support for the LGBT community, but there is a better way to go about this. There is another petition asking Christian Values Network to end its ties to those five anti-gay hate groups. You can sign it here: http://www.change.org/petitions/michael-lohan-stop-supporting-anti-gay-hate-groups

    Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 at 8:00am
  26. I know there was more then a few reasons I loved Apple.

    Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 at 9:28am