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Apple Pulls Manhattan Declaration App For Opposing Gay Marriage

Good Call or Uncalled For? Apple Pulls App For Opposing Gay Marriage

Public outcry ensued when the Manhattan Declaration, a Christian statement opposing gay marriage, recently became an iPhone app, so Steve Jobs made the decision to shut it down. The manifesto states that marriage is "a conjugal union of man and woman, ordained by God from the creation, and historically understood by believers and nonbelievers alike, to be the most basic institution in society." The app asked users to add their signatures to this declaration.

While it's expected that your stance on gay marriage will influence your feelings about Jobs's decision, and about the app being approved in the first place, there are other factors to consider, like whether or not the app was offensive enough to warrant being axed. Apple gets a lot of flak for its heavy-handed censorship; is this just another example of its attack on freedom of speech? What do you think?

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KateAthens KateAthens 5 years
I am pro gay marriage but i'm against censorship. What if "google" start to pull down every website they don't agree with?
KateAthens KateAthens 5 years
I am pro gay marriage but i'm against censorship. What if "google" start to pull down every website they don't agree with?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
And in regards to the story....I personally think it's inappropriate, but I don't think it should've been pulled. But like others have said, Apple can do what it wants. So they have the right to pull it, just like the creator of the app has the right to create it.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
Anon it looks like a two finger ring that I've been coveting on Etsy: http://tinyurl.com/269bash
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I am pro gay marriage and pro free speech. There is nothing offensive about opposition to gay marriage on religious grounds, and those using the app are taking their orders from a much higher authority than Steve Jobs.No, I don't agree with the app or what the petition says. I wouldn't download it. But if someone else would like to, he or she should have that option.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I am pro gay marriage and pro free speech. There is nothing offensive about opposition to gay marriage on religious grounds, and those using the app are taking their orders from a much higher authority than Steve Jobs. No, I don't agree with the app or what the petition says. I wouldn't download it. But if someone else would like to, he or she should have that option.
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
hmmmm. the app is stupid, but i'm not sure if i agree with it being pulled. i mean, from my understanding, it's just a petition. i don't agree with the cause, but if that's the case, i'm not sure it should be pulled. but, like onlysourcherry said, they are a private company...
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
I voted "uncalled for" but as I think about it, apple is a private company so they should be allowed to do whatever they want with the app store.
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