Posted by Laura Jordan
There’s an app for basically everything: buying coffee, turning off your bedroom lights, finding the nearest sushi place, etc. Now there’s an app to “cure the gay.”
Exodus International, a religious group, focuses its efforts on fighting what it considers the “homosexual affliction.” Its website acts as a resource for finding outlets, clinics, and churches that promote heterosexuality and marriage. This video from Exodus’ YouTube channel explains the group’s message:
The group released its mobile application, which offers the same features as their website for “curing homosexuality,” to the Apple iTunes store on February 15. Since then, Apple has received thousands of demands to remove the app for “objectionable content,” mostly in the form a petition by LGBT group Truth Wins Out.
As an admittedly liberal young woman, I have opinions – and I’m truly disgusted by this application’s existence. But as a journalism student, I have to respect the First Amendment issues at stake. If Apple chooses to remove the app for good, isn’t that a violation of the religious group’s right to free speech? Is this even hate speech? Just because the app exists doesn’t mean that everyone will see it – just like anything available on the internet. Is a fair resolution even possible?