CUPERTINO (CBS News) — Apple Inc. has come under fire after approving an iPhone application from a religious ministry which encourages people to “cure” themselves of homosexuality.

Exodus International put out its app last month targeting “homosexual strugglers.”

The app also connects users to the ministry’s Web site and links out to related posts and news about its activities.

The organization advocates for “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus.”

A non-profit group, called Truth Wins Out, has since organized an online petition to pressure Apple to remove the app.

On Monday, more than 100,000 people had signed their names to the petition.

Apple had not yet responded to the petition, which urged CEO Steve Jobs to reference the company’s own software guidelines and remove the app.

The terms state that “any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected.”

(Copyright ©2011 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. Victor says:

    I want someone who works at Apple and approved the app to be fired.

  2. genomega1 says:

    How is it defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, Oh the hard core doesn’t like it. There are thousands that got involved in this lifestyle looking for a way out.

  3. Lee White says:

    What needs to be cured here? Sounds like the same sort of BS the Mormons were involved in, although they also incorporated electric shock therapy. Hey, Steve, figure out how to attach some electrodes to the iPhone and you’ll sell a ton of these in Salt Lake City.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE