Technology giant Apple has bowed to pressure from homosexual activists and removed an online product from an ex-homosexual group.
Separately, a UK Christian publisher says she has been forced to cancel the launch of a novel about a man who leaves the homosexual lifestyle after a protest was threatened.
The online product is an ‘app’, a downloadable application for Apple’s popular iPhone.
Last month commentator Melanie Phillips warned that “some gay people were in danger of turning into the new McCarthyites by demonising and attempting to silence all who disagreed with the gay rights agenda”.
The app was ditched following an online petition set up by a homosexual campaign group which demanded Apple remove the product.
Alan Chambers, the President of Exodus International, the ex-gay group, said the news was “incredibly disappointing”.
Exodus International works to “promote the love of Jesus Christ to all those who have been impacted by unwanted same-sex attractions”.
Its product was simply providing information in a mobile phone format that is already available on the website, Exodus International said.
According to the group the app was “designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders”. It gave access to Exodus International’s blog, videos, podcasts and Facebook page.
The app had been categorised as containing “no objectionable material”.
However a homosexual group started a petition online demanding that Apple pull the product.
The petition claimed Exodus International’s message was “hateful and bigoted”.
Earlier today, Mr Chambers confirmed the app had been pulled.
Responding to the storm, but before Apple had acted, Jeff Buchanan, from Exodus International, said his group simply wanted to help those who have been “impacted by unwanted same-sex attraction”.
Mr Buchanan told the Christian Post website: “In no way shape or form is our message about trying to cure or do we try to promote that type of methodology or message”.
He said: “This is a label (gay cure app) that has been put forth by opponents to the application to serve as propaganda in order to stigmatise and really label the application in a false way and provoking a response such as you are seeing with the application.”
And Mr Buchanan added: “Really, the point of the application is to provide the material that is also on our website in a smartphone format. Nothing more and nothing less.”
In the UK, Christian publishing group Crossbridge Books has been forced to cancel the launch of Where is Your Brother, a novel by a Canadian author.
The launch was set to take place in Worcester on Saturday, but a hotel refused to stage the event after a demonstration, reportedly by homosexual campaigners, was planned.
Eileen Mohr, of the publishing group, said: “I think this is a pretty poor state of affairs – it means it’s an attack on free speech.”
She added: “It’s a novel, it’s fiction and it isn’t offensive”.
The story is about two men called Ryan and Tony. Tony is married with two children but he moves in with Ryan.
However following a religious experience, Tony returns to his wife and children.
Mrs Mohr says she plans to re-schedule the launch.