You Will Never Believe These Bizarre Truths Behind Apple Takes Down Religious App Claiming Homosexuality Is ‘Sickness,’ ‘Sin’.

You Will Never Believe These Bizarre Truths Behind Apple Takes Down Religious App Claiming Homosexuality Is ‘Sickness,’ ‘Sin’.
A gay-rights organization that filed a complaint to Apple reported that the offending app sought to convert gay people to hetereosexual people through Christian prayer.

Apple Inc. removed a religious app from its App Store after a petition started by a gay rights group that the Christian app portrays homosexuality as "addiction," "sickness"

and "sin," NBC News reported Sunday.
The gay rights group, True Wins Out, launches its application Thursday, to remove the app created by Living Hope Ministries, an evangelical Christian

religious group claiming to serve "Jesus Christ with a more intimate relationship through sexual and relational wholeness."
The Christian website's director, Ricky

Chelette, described her organization as "discipleship ministry," and suggested that it is organized "very much like a church."
During an interview with NBC, Chelette claimed that his group "only help those individuals who are seeking [them]."
"We help people understand who they are in Christ," he remarked the three-year-old app.

Petition filer Truth Wins Out pointed out that the app seeks LGBT youth "to change from gay-to-straight through prayer and therapy."

Since Thursday, the petition gained 356 followers, NBC reported.
After Apple's approval to take down the Christian app, the advocacy group issued a statement on Friday thanking the tech giant and its CEO Tim Cook.

"We thank Apple for exemplifying corporate responsibility and taking swift action to remove a dangerous app that stigmatizes and demeans LGBT people," Group Executive Director Wayne Besen said in the statement.

"Ex-gay programs are consumer fraud and cause significant harm to the people."
Commenting on Apple's decision, Chelette said he did not know that Apple had made a decision to take the app down, adding that his group will challenge the decision.
"I think it's unfortunate that the advocacy group doesnt know what we do and is is to assume that we're some hate organization. We are not," Chelette asserted.
"We love gay-identified persons," he added, cited by NBC.

"We try to help folks who are conflicted with their faith and feelings," he said. "We've been doing that for a very long time."
According to Chelette, he was attracted to men in the 1980s, but "had an experience with Christ that transformed his life."
Chelette denied that his organization prompts gay conversion therapy.
Apple has not yet commented on the app takedown, NBC reported.

You Will Never Believe These Bizarre Truths Behind Apple Takes Down Religious App Claiming Homosexuality Is ‘Sickness,’ ‘Sin’.

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