What are they whining about now, you ask? It’s about something called the Manhattan Declaration, an app Apple carried until accusations of anti-gay sentiment were lodged against it.
According to Apple’s PR department, the Manhattan Declaration – a statement of conscience signed by half a million Christians in support of the sanctity of human life, traditional marriage and religious freedom – was “offensive to large groups of people.”
Well, that was news to me. After all, the Manhattan Declaration had received a 4-plus rating from Apple, meaning it was free from objectionable content. But over the Thanksgiving holiday, some advocates of same-sex marriage petitioned Apple, saying that the Manhattan Declaration promoted hate and homophobia. So Apple pulled the app.
Let’s look at the Declaration they encourage people to sign.
We are deeply concerned about legislative and judicial actions that: deny value to the innocent, weak and aged; dismantle historic protections and definitions for families, children and marriage; and, impose legal strictures contrary to the constitutional freedoms long provided for people and institutions of faith in America.
I’m going to ignore the first part of that because I don’t want to talk about abortions and the right to choose, or loss of health care and pension security and hundred year old greeters at Wal-mart.
In terms of the second part, family dynamics vary across cultures and have altered a lot over the centuries, from allowing men to have many wives, to arranged marriages for monetary/political gain to the classic happily ever after one person forever 2.5 children concept. Marriage is a concept, defined by the society of the time. We’re living in a multi-cultural society that is willing to loosen the definitions and make more allowances for differences and minorities. It’s a sign of progress, boys and girls, and one we should welcome and embrace. To stand there and argue there can only be one kind of love and only one kind of commitment one can have to another person.. well, it’s a laughable position to take in this day and age and quite delusional. And also, adult love is the business of the adult people in love, not the business of their nosy, self-righteous neighbours. Why this gets forgotten is beyond me.
The legal stricture part is troubling because it states a wrongful assumption that special privileges are somehow deserved just because they happen to believe in sky fairies and hot, stinky afterlives for those who don’t believe in sky fairies. Ridiculous idea, and one that never should have been allowed to continue as long as it has. Especially when those beliefs run contrary to making things equal and just. They don’t want equal. They want a pedestal forever and it’s high time the rest of society says no to that.
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It was a triumph of political correctness and ad hominem attack over civil discourse. And I am saddened – and very concerned – that a pioneering company like Apple, whose products are used by untold millions to interact and communicate, chose to shut down the dialogue over one of the defining cultural issues of our time.
You’ve lost an app, not a war. Feel free to talk about these issues in a coffee house if you want to, or book a room at a library. Advertise your bloody website on a billboard. Picket and write letters and blogs and state your case for why you think you’re right. Create Facebook groups if you haven’t already. Swamp Twitter with 140 characters of this stuff minute by minute if you feel like it. It’s not like they’ve taken away your complete and total right to have an opinion on these issues. You just can’t use that app to share it anymore. Get the fuck over it and try something else instead of whining about imagined lost rights and the end of the world. I expect you’ll still face a lot of adversity if you keep at it, though. Times change and needs change with them.