In response to an AllOut.org petition Apple has removed the iTunes app “Setting Captives Free”, which claims to help people fight “habitual sins”, but Google Play is still selling it. Support the campaign against “gay cures” that can lead desperate people to depression or suicide.
After AllOut's petition received 65,000 signatures Apple pulled the "Setting Captives Free" app from its iTunes store. The app for iPhones claims to help people fight "habitual sins," such as substance abuse, gambling and sexual behaviour. It includes a course called "The Door" that claims to set users free from "the bondage of homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ and the cross."
Apple claimed that the Setting Captives Free app violated their iTunes guidelines, which do not allow "the promotion of hatred toward groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status or sexual orientation/gender identity."
Android users can still download the app from the Google store.
The Setting Captives Free ministry was founded by evangelical Mike Cleveland and claims that more than 500,000 people have benefited from the app courses, which also promise to deliver people from "sexual impurity and self-gratification."
AllOut say that Government officials in Argentina, Ecuador, and France all spoke out against “gay cures” in those countries, after tens of thousands of us asked them to. And right now, almost 50,000 All Out members in Brazil are working together to stop anti-gay politicians from overturning the national ban on “gay cures”. The no apps for gay cures petition has now reached over 155,000 signatures.