Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Steve Jobs, Apple and the Manhattan Declaration

My open letter to Steve Jobs and Apple:

As a happy owner of an iPad I must say that I am very disappointed in Apple's recent decision to pull the Manhattan Declaration app, apparently bowing to the pressure exerted by a small but vocal group of intolerant, bigoted gay activists.

Please read the Manhattan Declaration for yourself. There is nothing hateful about it. Take for example, this paragraph from the Manhattan Declaration:
We acknowledge that there are those who are disposed towards homosexual and polyamorous conduct and relationships, just as there are those who are disposed towards other forms of immoral conduct. We have compassion for those so disposed; we respect them as human beings possessing profound, inherent, and equal dignity; and we pay tribute to the men and women who strive, often with little assistance, to resist the temptation to yield to desires that they, no less than we, regard as wayward. We stand with them, even when they falter. We, no less than they, are sinners who have fallen short of God's intention for our lives. We, no less than they, are in constant need of God's patience, love and forgiveness. We call on the entire Christian community to resist sexual immorality, and at the same time refrain from disdainful condemnation of those who yield to it. Our rejection of sin, though resolute, must never become the rejection of sinners. For every sinner, regardless of the sin, is loved by God, who seeks not our destruction but rather the conversion of our hearts. Jesus calls all who wander from the path of virtue to "a more excellent way." As his disciples we will reach out in love to assist all who hear the call and wish to answer it.[emphasis mine]
This certainly expresses disagreement with those who engage in homosexual behaviors, but it is definitely not hateful, unless it is now considered "hateful" simply to express an opposing viewpoint, in which case, those who pressured you into pulling the iPad are no less "hateful" than those of us who signed the Manhattan Declaration.

Please reconsider your decision.

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