I'm on a job now where I have an hour and a half commute, which means a lot of radio time. When top 40 isn't doing it for me, old time rock n' roll is sounding, well, old, and NPR off on some oddball topic not piquing my interest, I often turn to Christian talk radio. Today was one of those days. And today, it seemed their news and talk programs all centered around the decision Apple made to pull the Exodus International app.
I don't have this app, so I can't vouch one way or another for it. Referred to in slang as the "gay cure app," supposedly (according to Christian sources) this app presents Biblical guidance on methods for overcoming homosexual urges. According to Change.org, that included calling homosexuality a "sin that will make your heart sick."
After receiving a ~150000 person petition, Apple pulled the app, because according to Apple it "[violated] our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people."
I think that was the wrong move. Here's why:
The Christian talk guys made the excellent point that the apps available which specifically target the GLBT group are offensive to large groups, namely Christians and Muslims, both of which are larger than the GLBT populous. So by this act, Apple is setting a huge double standard.
Also, this was not some mandatory app which everybody had to have. This was something to download by choice. In that sense, it was like someone selecting a book to read in the self-help section; the specifically Christian self-help section, mind you.
More importantly, you don't solve a problem by hiding it. That problem not being GLBT persons, but rather the antiquated Biblical and Koranic views of homosexuality, which has proven itself to be 100% natural at some frequency. Apps like these can serve as discussion points which can help reveal the deeper truth.
So Apple's decision to pull the app was disappointing to me, but not the impetus for this post. That comes from the Christian response.
The Christian talking heads were expressing outrage at the groups who protested Apple and calling this an attack on free speech.
No. No, my friend. These groups have every right to protest, just as you do about the opening of adult novelty stores, gay marriage, and abortion clinics. That's what we call a free country.
More importantly, this is not an attack of Free Speech. Free Speech is the law of the Constitution of the U.S.A. in the Bill of Rights. Apple did not attack Free Speech. Apple made a business decision. Guess what? As a private (public) company, they can make any decision they want to make. Just like Christians see no problem with the Boy Scouts of America excluding homosexuals because they are a private organization*, they should have no problem with Apple making their own decisions of an equal, if opposite, magnitude. Hypocrites.
No offense to the ladies out there, but come on Christians: man up. How do you expect us to think that you have the Absolute Truth when you go around wielding your own set of double standards. State your "Truth," play by the same laws and standards, and let the chips fall where they may.
Oh, and by the way, with Apple making these kinds of decisions, Christians/Muslims should be praising God/Allah that they still have Bible/Koran apps available. Talk about offensive material... slavery, oppression, and genocide, oh my!
* Boy Scouts of America actually does receive some public funding from the government, or at least it did before this new fad of funding cuts.