Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hats off to Steve Jobs

Here are excerpts from a story MSNBC is reporting:

Steve Jobs is now the target by a group angered by Apple pulling a pro-heterosexual marriage app from the App Store for the iPhone, with the group calling Jobs "Big Brother," and releasing a video that portrays Apple's CEO as sinister as Kim Jong-il.

(Me writing here: the application was much less pro-hetero as it was anti-gay.  The fact the straight marriage group called Jobs Kim Jong-il suggests just a weeeeee bit of hostility and anger not associated with most folks who are straight and would like to get married.)

Here's some more:

"He's (Jobs)  made billions taking on Big Brother," intones the narrator in the the video by the National Organization for Marriage, which says Apple supports apps with causes, "provided Jobs agrees with them ... like apps with the right to abortion and gay marriage," and then the camera pans across shots of apps in the App Store, including "Oh My Gay Stars — Gay Marriage in the US" and a voter guide by Planned Parenthood.

 (Me again.  Okay, The National Organization for Marriage has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Also... don't these Tea Party types, these conservatives, these get the government off our backs types  FAVOR  private companies being able to make their own choices?  Would the National Organization for Marriage happily change their organization to except gay marriages?)

But here are some more details about the app that Apple rejected:

The National Organization for Marriage is taking up for the "Manhattan Declaration" app and movement, which condemns same-sex unions. The app was yanked from the App Store recently after receiving petitions from gay rights activists who found it to be offensive. (Me again.  Dah!)

The Manhattan Declaration group describes itself as "prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars," which released the 4,700-word declaration in the "defense of the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty" in November 2009. The iPhone app asks four questions of its users, including "Do you believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman?"

"Although Apple has not communicated directly with Manhattan Declaration officials, a public relations representative from Apple told media that the app violated Apple’s developer guidelines by being 'offensive to large groups of people..."

Bottom line, NOM folks: you don't have a  right to spew your venom via a private corporation.  Conservatives that you are, I'm surprised you don't know that by now.

Thank you, Steve Jobs.