Apple has poked a stick in the eye of proponents of traditional marriage, apparently after pressure from advocates of same-sex marriage.
The digital media giant pulled from its “App Store” for iPhones and iPads a program containing the Manhattan Declaration, a 4,800-word manifesto that defends the sanctity of human life, the dignity of traditional marriage and religious liberty. It has been signed by nearly 500,000 people, including many Catholics.
“Appalling” to the program’s creators is that Apple, just before Christmas, also rejected a revised version that stripped out everything but the declaration and ways to share it.
“Apple is telling us that the apps’ content is considered ‘likely to expose a group to harm’ and ‘to be objectionable and potentially harmful to others.’ Inasmuch as the Manhattan Declaration simply reaffirms the moral teachings of our Christian faith on the sanctity of human life, marriage and sexual morality, and religious freedom and the rights of conscience, Apple’s statement amounts to the charge that our faith is ‘potentially harmful to others,’” the group said in a statement.
It’s planning another appeal to Apple censors.