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Manhattan Declaration iPhone App: Freedom of Speech or Going Too Far?

A recently approved app available in the iTunes Store has many people up in arms, saying that the Manhattan Declaration app is antigay. The app, whose founders tout it as a "call of Christian conscience," asks users to sign a nearly 5,000-word declaration written by Christian clergy and scholars. It "speaks in defense of the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty," and "issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere firmly to their convictions in these three areas." It then allows users to add their digital signatures to the declaration.

App users can also choose to answer four "opinion" questions on topics like abortion and same-sex relationships, but upon choosing the undesired "opinion" option, are told they answered incorrectly.

Given Apple's strict approval policies, I'm surprised that this one made it through. Though on the other hand, it could be considered free speech; obviously there is a market for this type of app in the marketplace. What do you think?

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shadowman72 shadowman72 6 years
This was taken from another poster that shows why we need to legalize gay marriage. If you don't feel for this person after reading it, you simply aren't human. "I am not sure what our President thinks of this dicission but coming from a poor family and knowing what discrimination is all about I would assume he would not care if "Gays" have equal rights. The whole reason why they are asking for rights to be considered married is from the same reason why I would be for it. My own life partner commited suicide in our home with a gun to his heart. After a 28 year union I was deprived to even go his funeral. We had two plots next to each other. But because we did not have a marriage cirtificate "(Legal Document)" of our union his mother had him cremated and his ashes taken back to Missouri where we came from. That is only one example how painful it is. His suicide tramatized me so much and her disregard for my feelings only added to my heartach. That happened on March 21 of 2007 and I still cannot type this without crying for the trauma I have to endure each day. Oh did I mention I am in an electric wheelchair for life? Yes I am and it is very diffacult to find another mate when you are 58 and in a wheelchair. "
shadowman72 shadowman72 6 years
The National Library of Medicine pubs confirm that sexual orientation is natural, biologically induced in the first trimester of pregnancy, morally neutral, immutable, neither contagious nor learned, bearing no relation to an individuals ability to form deep and lasting relationships, to parent children, to work or to contribute to society. From the American Psychological Association: homosexuality is normal; homosexual relationships are normal. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Asociation and American Psychiatric Asociation have endorsed civil marriage for same-sex couples because marriage strengthens mental and physical health and longevity of couples, and provides greater legal and financial security for children, parents and seniors. America's premier child/mental health associations endorse marriage equality.
shadowman72 shadowman72 6 years
Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. If you can, sorry, but you are not heterosexual, you are bi-sexual. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological. (Change *** to www) *** *** Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ ***,2933,155990,00.html *** *** There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. "Nurture" may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological. And it should also be noted that: "It is worth noting that many medical and scientific organizations do believe it is impossible to change a person's sexual orientation and this is displayed in a statement by American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, Interfaith Alliance Foundation, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, and National Education Association."
shadowman72 shadowman72 6 years
Homosexuality is not a sin according to the Bible. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, prostitution, and rape, not homosexuality. (Change *** to www) *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
shadowman72 shadowman72 6 years
megank1991: The problem is, this application blatantly said homosexuality is immoral and wrong, when it's not. Science, psychology, and logic shows homosexuality is a normal biological variation of human and animal nature. It's funny, because when conservatives get silenced, it's a "radical agenda", but when anyone else gets silenced, it's "morality" The only people with closed minds are those who don't know the facts regarding homosexuality that it's a normal thing.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 6 years
There is nothing stopping this group from having a petition but their petition is to keep a set of rights from a group of people. If this petition was against women's right to vote, would it still be acceptable? Homosexuals are human and have the same rights as anyone.
megank1991 megank1991 6 years
So is the problem with this app that it doesn't come out and say homosexuality is great and we should all do it? Because that is basically what I am understanding here; the premise here seems to be that speech that doesn't embrace homosexuality (there is nothing hateful or even mean in the app) needs to be suppressed. I think the 53% of people who said this goes to far should be embarrassed by their intolerance for opinions other than their own and should consider opening their minds a little.
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