A Christian app by Living Hope Ministries has been successfully targeted by LGBT activists who claim the organization “dehumanizes” gay people and puts them at risk for violence. Shortly after a group called Truth Wins Out petitioned Apple to remove the app (with a whopping total of 350 signatures!), the company did so. Apple CEO Tim Cook is, of course, one of the most famous homosexuals in the tech world.
If there were evidence to suggest that the Living Hope Ministries app really was some kind of hate-spewing, anti-gay-people app, perhaps this decision by Apple would not be such a big deal. But there isn’t, of course. Living Hope is simply dedicated to helping lost sheep return home to Christ. They aren’t out there pressuring gay people to join the church and renounce their sexuality. They are, rather, providing a generous and justified ministry to those gay men and women who feel there…just isn’t something quite fulfilling about the media-driven “BE WHO YOU ARE” sexuality propaganda.
“LHM proclaims a Christ-centered, Biblical world-view of sexual expression rooted in one man and one woman in a committed, monogamous, heterosexual marriage for life. Anything less than this ideal, falls short of God’s best for humanity,” says the website.
That website is filled with views that certainly do not line up with the kind of values you might find on NBC primetime television or Gay Twitter, but they are perfectly in line with what is preached in Christian churches from sea to shining sea. Representatives of the organization fiercely deny any anti-gay bigotry.
“I think it’s unfortunate that the advocacy group doesn’t know what we do and is assuming that we’re some hate organization,” said LHM’s executive director, Ricky Chelette. “We are not. We love gay-identified individuals.”
At the end of the day, this isn’t about our personal views of sexuality, gay-conversion therapy, or whether or not it’s right to try and “pray away the gay.” This is about freedom of religion and expression, and the oppressive view of LGBT activist groups that there is only ONE correct way to think about the world. We’re sick and tired of seeing religious individuals in this country suffer persecution and ostracization simply for adhering to a belief system that doesn’t conform to Silicon Valley, Hollywood, or the Big Gay Agenda.
Apple may have every right in the world to pick and choose what it will and will not sell in their app store, but they should recognize that millions of American Christians will take stock of their decisions. And if they can’t thoroughly justify removing an app like this for “bigoted” content, it may be that the heartland of this country will see who the real bigots are after all.