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Petition nears 150,000 target urging Google Play store to remove ‘gay cure’ app

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  1. When will we all evolve enough to banish organised ‘superstition’ to the annals of history – it is nothing but oppression by mostly men hiding behind their own bigotry and ignorance.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 9 Jun 2013, 1:59pm

    It makes you wonder, doesn’t Google have any oversight or someone responsible for checking this sort of thing?

    1. I think unlike Apple’s human approval system (which still let this app through), once you have a developer account with Google, they just let you upload things to their automated virus/malware scanner and as long as it passes that test, it’s only investigated if complaints are received. I could be misremembering the exact details, but getting an app on Google’s store is a far less stringent, and more automated process.

  3. Marriage equality is gaining ground and momentum, but if we needed to be reminded by this very fact, we are NOWHERE near being accepted as equals on this planet. If an organisation had even attempted to market a Black Cure app, it’d have been immediately not only rejected, but prosecuted and shamed. We still are fair game. We are a VERY long way from full equality. Let’s develop a Straight cure app and see what reaction we get…

    1. Mike Myers 10 Jun 2013, 3:47am

      It’s not the same thing though is it? Race is completely and without a doubt genetically inherited. And despite many gay people ‘knowing’ they were born that way, the simple fact is that we still don’t fully understand what causes some people to be gay. It’s not unreasonable to suggest that, in some cases, there may be environmental factors involved, which, if altered, could modify one’s sexuality.

      This is a freedom of speech issue. If you don’t like the app, don’t use it, simple as.

      1. I wholeheartedly agree this is a freedom of speech issue. Just because we do not agree with others say about an issue does not mean it should be oppressed. As for a Black Cure app, this argument is not a valid one. Black people can not hide the fact they are black. I think many people believe being gay is a choice because many gay and lesbian people has, can, and do hide the fact they are gay. For example, why is the U.S. making such a big deal the professional basketball player came out being gay. The reason is he lived the life of a straight person for many years and most people did not know he was gay. We all know gay people who stayed in the closet (for whatever reason) and lived as heterosexual by getting married, having children, etc. Race should not be brought into this conversation for any reason.

      2. magsmagenta 10 Jun 2013, 10:46pm

        This is not a freedom of speech issue, it is a misrepresentation of the facts that gay people can be cured, it is a clear violation that anything peddled in this way should be fit for purpose, and this app clearly isn’t, and is actually harmful.
        If you downloaded a program which claimed to scan and cure computer viruses but which actually introduced one to your computer you would expect it to be removed, you would not expect the defense to be that the programmer was entitled to claim it was curing viruses because he was exercising his freedom of speech. In the same way that if a new medication came on to the market claiming to cure chickenpox, but you found it actually made it worse you would expect that medication to be discontinued. This is exactly the same situation.

        1. Mike Myers 11 Jun 2013, 2:10am

          You’re working from the a priori assumption that all reparative therapy is harmful, which is not true. Even the APA has said that there is no conclusive evidence as to whether or not it works, so banning apps like this one is at best premature and at worst oppressive.

          It’s true that many people claim to have been harmed by reparative therapy, but many others claim to have been helped. The fact that you disagree is no reason to silence their voices.

  4. Enrique Esteban 10 Jun 2013, 7:50am

    Help to sign: prenume=first name; nume=family name; oras=city; tara=country.
    You’ll receive a mail and have to click on 2nd link to confirm.

  5. gino meriano 10 Jun 2013, 2:44pm

    and here we go with the PC BS again – is any person is gay and thinks an app can sure them then they have serious issues which exceed an APP – move on

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