Should the Exodus app be banned?
March 19, 2011 7 Comments
Apple is coming under pressure to ban the the Exodus app, which is designed to ‘cure’ homosexual men and women in order that they become straight.
For us this raises two issues: can homosexuality be cured, and does Exodus have the right to offer the gay-cure app?
We both worked as volunteers on the Lesbian and Gay Christian Helpline for seven years in the 1990s. Many of those we supported had been through ex-gay ministries in a desperate attempt to make themselves straight. Their stories helped us to form the strong belief that these so-called gay cures do not work, and frequently leave those subjected to them split off from their true selves.
So we all need to work in finding positive ways to support and provide solace to those who for one reason or another have come to such a negative view that their gay sexuality is something that needs curing in the first place.
As for the right of Exodus to publish this app, we come down in favour of free speech. It may be distasteful. We see it as harmful. But muzzling misguided Christians only allows them to play the persecution card. Let them condemn themselves by their words and actions.
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