To help spread the word about God, a Christian group is now appealing to Steve Jobs.
Apple pulled an app called the Manhattan Declaration from the iTunes store last week after outcry and over 7,000 signatures on an online poll that the content was an anti-gay and hate-mongering.
The Manhattan Declaration is an over 4,000-word statement of beliefs signed by over 400,000 people described as “a call to Christian conscience” crafted in 2009. The app version, which includes a four-question poll on same sex marriage and abortion, launched in mid-October.
A spokesperson for the Christian organization told the Daily Caller that the group is appealing Apple’s decision.
“We’re making the argument that if [Jobs] would take a look at the Manhattan Declaration himself, he’d see it’s not written with any rancor. It’s written on a very even keel,” said Farmer. “It’s just appealing to things that people want to come together on, that millions of Americans agree on.”
Apple has not yet responded to them or responded to requests for comment.
While many disagree with the content, the Christian group maintains that the message is written in neutral language.
Here’s a sample passage from the online version:
“We acknowledge that there are those who are disposed towards homosexual and polyamorous conduct and relationships, just as there are those who are disposed towards other forms of immoral conduct. We have compassion for those so disposed; we respect them as human beings possessing profound, inherent, and equal dignity; and we pay tribute to the men and women who strive, often with little assistance, to resist the temptation to yield to desires that they, no less than we, regard as wayward. We stand with them, even when they falter. We, no less than they, are sinners who have fallen short of God’s intention for our lives.”
The iTunes store has pulled apps deemed offensive faster than you can stuff a dollar bill in a g-string. Case in point: the Hooter’s girls returned in bikinis to “clean” your iPhone screen. Hooters Calendar Screen Wash was quietly reinstated after being pulled in a clean-up of adult-themed apps for the store. The $0.99 app is for a +17 audience, though it doesn’t seem to be any more prurient or wholesome than some of the babes-in-bikini apps that were yanked over sexual content.
No one seemed more surprised than the creators, On the Go Girls , who remarked on the company blog: “Wow! Surprising! We are shocked! Our Hooters Calendar Sexy Screen Wash was restored to the App Store last night 2am PST.”
Now Apple seems to be grappling with the issue of apps with more sensitive social or political content – there have been calls to ban NumbersUSA, called an anti-immigration app, but the content remains available on iTunes.
What do you think the chances are that the Manhattan Declaration will be reinstated?
Sources: change.org, the Daily Caller, The Manhattan Declaration, Imagine2050