Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Manhattan Project

Over on the right hand side of this blog you should find a button labeled "The Manhattan Declaration" (also in the image in this post). Just what the heck is this and why am I posting this?

The Manhattan Declaration is a document that you can sign online. As of this post, almost 500,000 people have signed it. It is ecumenical, and affirms beliefs common to all Christians, including:
  1. the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every human being as a creature fashioned in the very image of God, possessing inherent rights of equal dignity and life;
  2. marriage as a conjugal union of man and woman, ordained by God from the creation, and historically understood by believers and non-believers alike, to be the most basic institution in society and;
  3. religious liberty, which is grounded in the character of God, the example of Christ, and the inherent freedom and dignity of human beings created in the divine image.
Earlier this year, the Manhattan Declaration wrote an iPhone app that let users access the site's blog from their iPhones. This is nothing radical. Lots of iPhone apps are underneath it all browsers designed to work specifically with one site or another. Apple vetted the app, and gave it a 4+ rating for containing no offe3nsive content.

This fall an "LBGT" group started a petition to have the app banned from the iTunes store, calling it "hateful" and "offensive". They collected 7,000 signatures. The Apple pulled the app from it's store over Thanksgiving (ironically). Of course, Apple is a business, not a branch of our government, so they are not bound legally to publish any particular app, but as a company they should be responsive to their customers. Do you think Apple would pull any content from iTunes if 7,000 people don't like it? I'm sure if it comes to that I could find 7,000 people who don't like a lot of what's there from pro gun apps, pro violence songs videos and apps, songs with explicit lyrics, immoral videos. I suspect Apple would not drop all of this for 7,000 names or 70,000 names.

To my knowledge, the only other apps that Apple categorically refuses to sell are pornographic. So in effect, Apple is saying that affirming Christian beliefs is as offensive as pornography. This I find offensive.

Please enjoy the video below, go to the site, send Steve Jobs an email, and sign the Declaration.


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