Gay groups: Google Plus, iTunes must get rid of reparative therapy app

App in question

App in question

The following comes from a June 14 story on LifeSiteNews.com.

Homosexual lobby groups are outraged at Google for having an app that claims to be able to cure unwanted same-sex attraction in 60 days, available at its Google Play online store.

The self-help app is from the organization called Setting Captives Free, which produces a series of interactive courses that deal with addictive behaviors including sexual impurity, overeating, substance abuse, gambling, and smoking.

The group claims to have helped over half-a-million people overcome unwanted habits.

The contentious app is called Door of Hope. “You have arrived at the Door of Hope, the 60-day interactive course that will teach you to enjoy a newfound relationship with the Lord and how to find freedom from homosexuality. It is possible, and you can learn how,” the brief description of the app states.

PinkNews reported that a homosexual group calling itself Gaylesta (The LGBTQ Psychotherapist Association of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area) sent a statement to Google condemning the idea of homosexual reparative therapy and calling on Google to pull the app.

The group’s statement reads, “Gaylesta has been outspoken and active in exposing the dangers of so called ‘reparative therapy.’ Homosexuality is not a condition or disorder that requires treatment. Striving to treat what is not a disorder is not therapy, it is professionalized homophobia. It is dangerous, and it is a threat to all LGBTQ people,” it states.

“Individuals who have undergone these treatments often have a significantly larger chance of becoming self destructive and suicidal,” the statement continues. “It is unconscionable to think that a smartphone application could be made available to the general public to help ‘treat’ homosexuality. This app poses a serious public health risk, putting the lives of unsuspecting people, including minors, at risk of harm, by telling them that their innate sexual orientation is wrong and needs to be changed. We ask that all smartphone application stores (including Google Play and iTunes) remove these applications from their stores immediately and that they further make it a policy to disallow such applications from being available in the future.”

The homosexual activist group All Out also condemned the app and started a petition demanding that Google remove it from their store.

Andre Banks, executive director of All Out said it was “ridiculous” that Google has made an app available that can cause “terrible harm to lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people, or anyone forced to try to change who they are or who they love….”

Apple has reportedly already pulled the Setting Captives Free app from its App Store for iPhone and iPad.

This marks the third time that Apple has pulled an app because it promoted a traditional Christian view of homosexuality.

Two years ago Apple banned an app created by the international Christian ex-gay ministry Exodus International. The app provided a gateway to the ministry’s news, blog, podcasts, and other social networking and resource materials and was originally given a 4+ rating by Apple, meaning that it was found to contain no objectionable content. Exodus International said that the app was not aimed at “curing” homosexuality, as was claimed by its critics.

In November, 2010, Apple pulled an app created for the Manhattan Declaration, a pro-life and pro-family document signed by nearly 500,000 people. The app was attacked because it opposed same-sex “marriage….”

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  1. We can all voice our opinions too. Stop using Google as your main search engine.
    For years many of us have been using “dogpile” – and are extremely happy with it.

    This is the truth – ” addictive behaviors including sexual impurity, overeating, substance abuse, gambling, and smoking “.

    • Francis says:

      PETE:
      I just checked Google Play, and SCF is available for download. No mention of anything from Google about threats to take it down.
      I think it’s a fine idea to boycott Google if it actually pulls SCF. But don’t you think we ought to wait until Google actually acts against SCF before we boycott their services? It isn’t consistent with Catholic values, nor does it help Catholic credibility if we shoot our friends who haven’t betrayed us. The Google Play store has many fine apps that support Catholic and Christian values, like “Living With Christ” and the “Divine Office” apps.
      The ratings and comments on SCF’s Play page are amusing (or horrifying, if you like to be offended). 144 5-star ratings, 7 4-star, 8 3-star, 6 2-star and 780 1-star (the lowest). My bet is that 99 percent of the 780 1-star raters didn’t try out the app, but just took the rating as an opportunity to express their political or social opposition to reparative therapy.
      If you really feel compelled to support SCF (though I would point out that there are a lot of Catholic apps that are much more worth supporting) go online and buy a copy. I’d be suprised if Play would take it down even though it’s making good sales.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      Pete , that’s not a truth, it’s an incomplete sentence.

  2. markrite says:

    This is a really eye-opening but not unexpected post on this site. For the homosodomite gayreich never seems to sleep! Their energizer/bunny of perverted lust keeps them in hyperactive, it would seem, mode in order to unswervingly remain in constant readiness to subvert a culture already much subverted; always @ the ready to pulverize whatever group that might try to undo what they’ve already accomplished. I’m just kind of surprised that there are such org’s like “Setting Captives Free” and “Door of Hope.” And that Google is letting them advertise their much-needed services under their search engine? How did they get under Google’s homofascist filtering ? Actually it sure sounds like “Setting Captives Free” didn’t make it; I hoped that Google hadn’t caved to the gayfascist cabal. And all the ubersnarky, lying things that said cabal issues as bombastic warnings against reparative therapy just shows that the gayreich bunch are DEATHLY AFRAID of the truth that those afflicted with S.S.A. CAN break free from the destructive lifestyle of homodom. DOWN WITH THE HOMOFASCIST NETWORKS! VIVA CRISTO REY! And GOD BLESS ALL, MARKRITE

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      “homosodomite gayrich”. Oh for crying out loud. And your assonance between the SS and SSA. Is just over the top pernicious. Fortunately, even the conservative Supreme Court justices see your farce for what it is, as they demonstrated last week.

      • Francis says:

        YFC:
        You can’t fault him for lack of creativity!

      • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

        YFC and Francis,

        Why do you insist on repeating the lie that the Conservatives on the Supreme Court went for your lies. It was 4-5. Do you really consider Kennedy to be a Conservative or is it just another of inane statements?

        I knew we had lost when I read that “Catholic” Kennedy was the swing vote.

        May God have mercy on America,

        Viva Cristo Rey!

        God Bless, yours in Their Hearts,
        Kenneth M. Fisher

      • Maybe it’s “pernicious”, YFC, but you gotta admit that it’s pretty good, right?

    • Mark from PA says:

      Markrite, I am moved by what you have said. Your comments have been very thought provoking. They have made me realize that I have learned much here in the past few years and what I have read has helped me to form stronger opinions.

  3. markrite says:

    I’m going to follow Pete’s advice above, going to DISMANTLE Google’s search engine on my computer. Sounds like something worth trying. God Bless, Markrite

    • Francis says:

      Markrite:
      Did I miss something? The story doesn’t say ANYTHING about Google actually taking any action relative to SCF, other than advertising their service and selling their product.
      Setting captives free is STILL BEING OFFERED BY GOOGLE. They haven’t blocked it (at least as of 10 seconds ago).
      Why, oh why, are you taking Google off your computer? Wouldn’t your action make much, much more sense if you take it IN RESPONSE to some action by Google?

      • Francis – do you have stock in Google?
        You protest too much on what products people choose to use or not use.
        You made your point that you love Google no matter what, now let it rest.
        (As an aside Google is one of the major search engines that told us we all have “privacy” while providing all of our info to the US Government for storage in government data banks.)

        • Francis says:

          Andy:
          Well, I wish I owned a lot of stock in Google, but to answer your question: No, I don’t own any stock in Google. My stock is in the Catholic Church.
          And, you are reading my post backwards if you think I “love Google no matter what,…” I love the Church no matter what, and this is not about loving a product but about sanity and justice. It is neither sane nor just to punish a company for supporting a product you like. To punish Google for something they haven’t done in the Church’s name is primarily a blow to the Church’s image. Please don’t make my Church look stupid.
          If Markrite or anyone else wants to pull google off their desktop, that’s fine by me. If you want to protest Google’s obedience to the civil authorities, go right ahead. Just DON’T say you’re doing it because of some connection with SCF. Google as an entity continues to SUPPORT SCF (as of this morning, at least).

          • Francis no one said they were doing anything with Google ” in the name of the Catholic Church”.
            People can do business with whomever they want purely on a moral basis, or any other basis they choose.
            Are you trying to dictate whom we should do business with?

            Door of Hope – “Setting Captives Free” does not profess to be Catholic. It professes to be a biblically based Christian organization.
            QUOTE: ” Setting Captives Free is an evangelical, non-denominational ministry operating under a board of directors. It is affiliated with several different churches, rather than one specific church or denomination.” UNQUOTE – from their own web site.

            Francis if you truly loved the Catholic Church and your Neighbors you would write about the evils of homosexual acts, to Save Souls and help teach the Faith. You’ve spent too much time and space writing about Google. Quite frankly whom people choose to do business with – is none of your business.

          • Francis says:

            “Quite frankly whom people choose to do business with – is none of your business.” Hmm… but it is Pete’s and markrite’s and Andy’s business?
            As for writing about homosexual acts, I’ll leave that to the many people on this page who know something about the topic. I don’t.

        • We should all create multiple false personas that will flood govt data banks? Or would that be unlawful?

          • No it would not be unlawful, Skai. But each ficticious name or email address would be traced back to your IP number no matter what names or email addresses you create. All IP numbers are traced back to the modem in your house.
            If you own 4 or 5 computers (to date) science does not track which computer within your house the information came from.
            I don’t know what other capabilities that the government has in their very sophisticated software programs. (Perhaps a good hacker could tell us more)
            In addition to computers, the Government is storing phone and any and all electronic communications from ordinary law abiding citizens.

            Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and others are being forced by a special Court called FISA – to provide the government with this information.
            However it is certainly questionable business practice for these companies to mislead/lie to people into making them believe that their information is ‘Private’.

          • Good points, Maddie. But look on the bright side, that the more trouble given to govt the more people it has to hire at exorbitant salaries and benefits, and thus the more it reduces the unemployment figures 🙂

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      Markite,

      Please let us know if you find a way to dismantle Google!

      I use “Goodsearch”. At least they aren’t openly pro-evil.

      Viva Cristo Rey!

      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher

  4. Tom Byrne says:

    Pete:
    How much longer, think you, will we be able to voice our opinions? I use my own name on this site without fear, and I will not go beyond the bounds of Church teaching, but Obama’s push for Gay “marriage” (which is no more “marriage” than a dog’s tail is a leg) plus the recent NSA revelations might make some people nervous about speaking out anymore, especially if their employer can be pressured into firing them for “retrograde” opinions.

    • You people need to get a grip. 3% of the population is not going to end the world. The Catholic Church needs to support the end of the statute of limitations for those that rape and enable child abusers.

      • juergensen says:

        Many, many countries have been taken over by 3% of their population (or less). Sodomites are a threat to very man, woman, and child, especially boys.

        • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

          Juregensen,

          You are correct. When Russia was taken over by the Communist with the help of Armand Hammer, Mahony’s buddy, there was much less than 3% Communist in Russia! I think it was less than 1%!

          God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
          Kenneth M. Fisher

          • But the devil was there in the person of Rasputin, which means a whole lot of evil, way more than a few percent was there; same with the sodomites today, if only a few percent, yet the devil is in them and that is the powerhead to be crushed beneath the heel of our Savior.

      • joan, you’re behind the eight ball. Try keeping up with the Pope’s pronouncements on the gay mafia and the filth that needs to be excised from the Church.

    • Tom, Good question. How much longer will people be able to voice their religious opinions before they become “hate crimes” under the Obama Administration ? Hate crimes as defined by Obama would be prosecutable by his appointee, Eric Holder and the US Justice Dept.

      Big Brother is already here (George Orwell’s fiction book “1984”) in that the Government violates the US Constitution and is collecting and storing search info, emails, telecom info, etc.
      Whether you use your full real name or not, you are tracked and traced through your IP number and other means of identification.

      Google, and Facebook, etc., never should have lied to us that we have “privacy” with their company. I have dropped my account with Facebook.
      Btw – If the government can collect and store your information and preferences, they can also change your information and preferences.

      • APPLE is worse in that it supports the sodomy lifestyle.
        The article states that they have already dropped “Setting Captives Free”.
        Apple is involved in providing all info to the government as well.

        • “Fire” of some sort could theoretically “fall from Heaven” and wipe out all the Apple wireless devices at once.

  5. Francis says:

    Something I find utterly astonishing is that people who post here haven’t connected their behavior to this morning’s Gospel reading:
    On the way they entered a Samaritan village
    to prepare for his reception there,
    but they would not welcome him
    because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
    When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
    “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
    to consume them?”
    Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.

    In TODAY’s Gospel, Jesus rebuked the disciples even though the village did not welcome them. Google has welcomed SCF, and yet still y’all want to rain down fire on them??!!

    • Francis, you are misinterpreting the Gospel. It has nothing to do with supporting sodomy, and helping people get over their sexual addictions.
      Or supporting or not supporting any business.

      • Francis says:

        Dave:
        I agree with you that the Gospel has nothing to do with homosexuality. The passage we hear Sunday morning has to do with human desire for unholy retribution and an unreasoned expectation that God will wreak vengeance, masked by piety: “do you want us to call down fire from heaven…?”
        The clear answer is “No.” Don’t waste what little time we have in this life by calling down fire from heaven.

        • Francis when any company purposely lies to me – telling me that my stored info is PRIVATE – when it is NOT, – has very questionable business practices.
          I like “dogpile”, at least they are an honest search engine.

          No one is calling down fire from heaven to destroy anything. This is why you misquoted the Gospel entirely.
          You had too much coffee today – cut the caffeine.

          • Been trying out Dogpile lately, not bad. I found some info there that did not come up with google.

        • That is because sodomy was wiped out in the Holy Land beginning with Sodom and Gomorrah and continuing via stoning them to death. But over the past two millenia, it has obviously crept back into a mainframe political action show. It needs to be regulated once again.

    • Dave N. says:

      Some of the most prolific posters here don’t actually bother to read the articles.

    • Francis, at that time, prior to the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Church, those disciples did not have sufficient power and authority to go into all corners of the world. Following the Pentacost event, they did and continue to do … which is why the Pope is calling us all to get rid of the homosexual scourge that has been fouling up the Church.

      • Francis says:

        I guess you heard a very different homily than the one I heard on Sunday!

        • Francis, you’d best read what Church doctrine is based on … it’s called the Bible. Then you’d be better able to understand the homilies. BTW, the sermon I heard Sunday was from a different calendar than your novus ordo calendar … so wouldn’t you think the pitch would be different?

    • Francis, some readers here attend the TLM and the Gospel passages are different … You knew that, right, but just forgot?

    • Yep, and recently Pope Francis rebuked the gay mafia and asked the faithful to get rid of them.

  6. Abeca Christian says:

    Can we have a balance….real uplifting Catholic articles…too many gay news here……I understand that this is good to know to support the group that is trying to help homosexuals(but it can also work on the bad side as well since we have many homosexual activists here as well overtaking the Catholic blog) and it also exposes how the gay mafia works at stopping people’s freedom to choose for themselves, I understand but this obsession with too much gay reporting…Catholic is not all about gay crap and bad bishops and bad priests…no, we all have our issues no matter what issues we are faced with but please let there be a balance….especially with your last one titled “Warning signs on Exodus came in 2012” (that is your second article on Exodus) I don’t care to know more on what Exodus is saying because they are protestants who are not the true church and do no hold the true faith…..

  7. Patrick says:

    Guess the gays never heard of freedom of speech. If people want to try it who are sickened by the gay obsession with sexual parts, that is their business and protected by the First Amendment.

    • Gays have no freedom at all, but are slaves of the devil, slaves of darkness, slaves of mindlessness.

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      Patrick,

      The First Ammendment was killed by 4-5 in the SCOTUS!

      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher

  8. Tom has “hit the nail on the head” and this might all actually come to be, where Christians, or anyone, cannot even express an opinion without being punished if it goes against the president or those with him. Where is “free speech”? Depends on which group you are with, evidently! We simply need to pray and to each be faithful to the Church and unite with those non-Catholics who also search for the truth.

    Tom Byrne says:
    June 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    Pete:
    How much longer, think you, will we be able to voice our opinions? I use my own name on this site without fear, and I will not go beyond the bounds of Church teaching, but Obama’s push for Gay “marriage” (which is no more “marriage” than a dog’s tail is a leg) plus the recent NSA revelations might make some people nervous about speaking out anymore, especially if their employer can be pressured into firing them for “retrograde” opinions.

    • Point of using aliases on blog sites: You can google up somebody’s name and find where they live, how much they owe on their house, where their kids go to school, the names of their neighbors and past neighbors, how many dogs you have, whether you have horses, boats, a still in the backyard … try it and see. Some readers are ok with this; others are not. Posting your real name is not any kind of act of courage at all, and not posting your name may be an act of wisdom and love. On the other hand posting one’s real name may be a trick to lure evil doers into a trap; would that be charitable?

  9. Ray Marshall says:

    The homosexual militants are just as bad of Muslim militants who forbid apostasy? Apparently if only one person who now is a practicing homosexual wants to change, he must not be allowed to have that opportunity. Homosexual militants, how can you call yourselves loving people?

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      Ray Marshall,

      “The Devil was a liar from the begging”. Doesn’t that direct quote from Our Lord answer your above question!

      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher

    • You are right Ray. Homosexual militants do not want anyone to leave a life of sin. Just like the devil they want everyone to burn in HELL with them.
      Misery loves company.

      Setting Captives Free / Door of Hope is a biblically based Christian group who are trying to help those addicted to various sinful/destructive lifestyles.
      ” addictive behaviors including sexual impurity, overeating, substance abuse, gambling, and smoking “.
      I will pray for their success.

    • Homosexual militants confuse “loving” with physical perverted sexual acts. And they want to encourage others to join them.

      • Your Fellow Catholic says:

        Dottie, I sincerely hope you know what love is.

        • Dottie is absolutely correct in this, YFC, and so I absolve her of … oh wait, I can’t do that. I forgive her for her calumny against me re the CCC.

  10. Sorry for the OT.

    While I do see some small value in this article (but not the foolish bickering from the post-ers, thank you very much…), yet there is nothing NOTHING on this site about the martyrdom of Fr. Mourad in Syria last week. Speaking for myself, I’ll add prayers to St Stephen and St. Thomas More.

  11. Abeca Christian says:

    Leviticus 20:13: If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.

  12. Fine. Then let’s also take away all repair of any sort from the gay community, including medical care and auto tune ups.

    • Abeca Christian says:

      Skai that doesn’t sound right on what you just posted….we can’t go to that extreme an be hateful. That bible verse I posted I was not advocating violence but I was demonstrating how much sodomy cries out for vengeance to the heavens. In the biblical times they knew how serious it was but they lacked mercy of course and care but today it has gone way overboard in their desensitizing of sin. So you go from one extreme to another without really helping those who are struggling. Praise God for the sacraments and that Jesus came to save all sinners who are open to His message of true love and salvation!

    • Skai, you still have not read the CCC as directed by Pope Francis.

      • Dottie, you are partly correct, since I have not looked at the CCC since the new Pope was elected. But partially correct in a bearing of false witness case still requires confession. You penance should be to learn how to read.

  13. In other words, we should all boycott all gays.

  14. Matthew says:

    “We’ve got an app for that!”
    When I first read this article, I thought it was a joke — an app that can help someone make such an important life change?
    Don’t believe it for a second.
    Sort of like that scam app that claimed to be “valid” for confession — there is no substitute for real life, and people can’t “go to confession” via an app any more than they can successfully undergo therapy via an app.
    We’re getting wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too techy here.

  15. Abeca Christian says:

    For the true Catholics who do love and honor God…please send your email to protest to these Disney executives….On Disney channel they plan to air on the show called “Good Luck Charlie” a controversial episode of two mums. Supposedly they show charlie having a friend with two mums. This is another step on how the “gay” indoctrination is being imposed again. Here are their emails: Tom.Staggs@disney.com, marsha.reed@disney.com, investor.relations@disneyonline.com, robert.a.iger@disney.com, kevin.mayer@disney.com, Zenia.Mucha@disney.com

    Please be advised they plan to air that episode I think next year….the next season.

  16. Michael McDermott says:

    Psychiatry expert: ‘scientifically there is no such thing as transgender’
    January 11, 2013 http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/psychiatry-expert-scientifically-there-is-no-such-thing-as-transgender/

    A prominent Toronto psychiatrist… Dr. Joseph Berger has issued a statement saying that from a medical and scientific perspective there is no such thing as a “transgendered” person,
    and that terms such as “gender expression” and “gender identity” … are at the very least ambiguous, and are more an emotional appeal than a statement of scientific fact.

    Berger, who is a consulting psychiatrist in Toronto and whose list of credentials establishes him as an expert in the field of mental illness, stated that people who identify themselves as “transgendered” are mentally ill or simply unhappy,
    and pointed out that hormone therapy and surgery are not appropriate treatments for psychosis or unhappiness.

    “From a scientific perspective, let me clarify what ‘transgendered’ actually means,” Dr. Berger said, adding, “I am speaking now about the scientific perspective – and not any political lobbying position that may be proposed by any group, medical or non-medical.”

    “‘Transgendered’ are people who claim that they really are or wish to be people of the sex opposite to which they were born, or to which their chromosomal configuration attests,” Dr. Berger stated.

    “Some times, some of these people have claimed that they are ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ or alternatively ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body’.”

    “The medical treatment of delusions, psychosis or emotional happiness is not surgery,” Dr. Berger stated…

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