Hate gay people? There’s an app for that

Pink News, Europe’s largest gay news service, reports that Apple has approved an anti-gay iPhone app:

The app is based on the Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto released in 2009 by Christian and Catholic leaders which rails against the “erosion” of marriage.

Apple has given the app a 4+ rating, meaning that it contains “no objectionable content.”

The app asks users whether they agree with four statements on abortion and same-sex marriage and those who answer that they are pro-choice and pro-gay marriage are told that they are incorrect.

It also has links to read and sign up to the full declaration, which says that gay relationships are “immoral” and that same-sex marriages are equivalent to sanctioning incest.

Change.org has launched a petition calling on Apple to remove the app from the iTunes store. To sign the petition, go here. View more screenshots of the app at Good As You.


—  John Wright

NOM, Tax Cheat? The Family, Terrorist Money Launderer? Vatican, Fleecing Europe Out Of $11 Billion?

So many anti-gay organizations, so many financial scandals! There is the National Organization for Marriage's alleged non-profit tax fraud. There is The Family, sponsor of the National Prayer Breakfast and hideout for anti-gay unfaithful politicos, being accused of receiving terrorist dollars a few years back. And then there's the Vatican facing a possible billion tax bill, thanks to more than five years of tax-free operation of some 100,000 properties, which could under European Law be considered illegal state subsidies. Almost makes the Catholic Church's priest molestation bill look affordable.


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—  John Wright

8,000 march in Poland’s gay Pride parade

VANESSA GERA  |  Associated Press Writer

WARSAW, Poland — Thousands of gays and lesbians from around Europe marched through Poland’s capital Saturday, July 17 to demand equal rights and more tolerance in this heavily Roman Catholic nation.

The parade, part of the EuroPride gay rights festival, is meant to give a boost to the fledgling gay rights movement in Poland. Gay rights were strongly repressed during the communist era, and gays and lesbians have struggled since communism fell 20 years ago for acceptance in a society still strongly influenced by the church.

“We feel like they are 20 years behind the Netherlands,” said Ad Bakker, a 39-year-old from Holland who traveled to Warsaw to show solidarity with Polish friends. “But the atmosphere is good and we hope that EuroPride will help.”

A Polish friend of his, Sebastian Blaszczyk, 36, said the situation in Poland “gets better and better every year,” but the country still has far to go in accepting gays.

An initial police estimate put the number of participants at 8,000.

At the head of the parade were women on motorcycles wearing vests that said “Dykes on Bikes.” They were followed by trucks carrying people dancing and waving to the beat of pop songs like the Village People’s hit :YMCA.” Demonstrators waved rainbow flags and banners — many in English — calling for a more tolerant society.

“It’s OK to be Gay,” said one banner. Another said: “We’re queer, we’re here and get over it.”

As the activists moved slowly through the city, they passed small, scattered groups of counter-protesters who jeered and heckled them. Police said they arrested eight people — some of whom threw eggs and one of whom attacked a police officer — for trying to disturb the march.

—  John Wright