National Organization for Marriage to Steve Jobs: You’ve become Big Brother (with video)

The National Organization for Marriage has launched a nationwide video comparing Steve Jobs to “Big Brother.”

According to the group’s press release, this was done “as a result of Apple’s decision to remove an app in support of traditional marriage and pro-life from the iTunes store.”

Here is the rest of the National Organization for Marriage’s press release, verbatim:

The app was created by the Manhattan Declaration, an organization of Christians who support traditional marriage, life and religious liberty. The video, found here, called “The Iconic Steve Jobs” will be emailed to Christians across the country, including NOM’s own 800,000 supporters, as well as be widely distributed through social media.

“Steve Jobs built his reputation as an iconic marketer in the famous 1984 commercial for the MacIntosh computer in which Apple promises to take on ‘Big Brother’” said Brian Brown, president of NOM. “Jobs has made billions taking on ‘Big Brother’ yet the irony is that in refusing to allow citizens to support pro-life and traditional marriage positions he’s become the very ‘Big Brother’ he has decried.”

The Manhattan Declaration has been signed by nearly 500,000 Christians who pledge their support for pro-life, traditional marriage and religious liberty. Launched in Manhattan in November 2009, the Declaration – called “A Call of Christian Conscience” – enjoys the support of prominent Christian clergy, ministers and scholars. The app was developed to facilitate other Christians to sign the Declaration. The app was approved by Apple reviewers and rated 4 plus, certifying that it contains no offensive content. Despite this, Apple pulled the app from the iTunes store when gay marriage advocates mounted an online petition. An Apple spokesperson defended the action saying that the Christian app was “offensive to large groups of people.”

“Apple happily allows all kinds of apps for pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage groups, yet when Christians develop an app to support traditional marriage and life, it is called offensive and is pulled from the iTunes store,” Brown said. “What is offensive is that Steve Jobs has targeted Christians for discrimination and religious bigotry, censoring our basic right to speech. Steve Jobs has become Big Brother and we call on Christians across America to contact Jobs to express their outrage at his unfair, discriminatory decision. Apple should immediately restore the Manhattan Declaration app and apologize to all Christians for their actions.”

Source: National Organization for Marriage

MacDailyNews Take: We’re a little faklempt… Talk amongst yourselves… We’ll give you a topic. In the last U.S. presidential election, neither Biden nor McCain nor Obama nor Palin supported “same-sex marriage.” Discuss.

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  1. If Apple is going to have sole control over the app market, it’s going to have to treat people even-handedly. There are apps from Planned Parenthood, apps supporting gay marriage – how come an app like this is any more “offensive” than those?

    This is pure bias on Apple’s part, and might have far-reaching consequences.

    MW: price, as in “Lack of bias is the PRICE you pay for control.”

  2. We’ll I’ll say here what I had said at the TMO (The Mac Observer), where discussion on this issue took place earlier today.

    I have carefully read that “Manhattan Declaration”. It is very, very carefully written to include noble, emotional language. Majority of it is in fact inspiring for every decent person, straight or gay. Here is the offending piece:

    We acknowledge that there are those who are disposed towards homosexual and polyamorous conduct and relationships, just as there are those who are disposed towards other forms of immoral conduct (emphasis mine). (…) we pay tribute to the men and women who strive, often with little assistance, to resist the temptation to yield to desires that they, no less than we, regard as wayward. We stand with them, even when they falter. (…) We call on the entire Christian community to resist sexual immorality, and at the same time refrain from disdainful condemnation of those who yield to it. Our rejection of sin, though resolute, must never become the rejection of sinners. For every sinner, regardless of the sin, is loved by God, who seeks not our destruction but rather the conversion of our hearts.

    And another paragraph, near the bottom of the Declaration:

    …Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family.

    By all common standards that define the concept of discrimination (as it is commonly interpreted today), the quoted text clearly discriminates against certain group by denying them certain rights and privileges the rest of the society has.

  3. [Apologies about previous comment – finger malfunction]


    Nobody’s telling anyone they can’t get married. Any man can marry any woman, and vice versa.

    In case you didn’t notice, the parts don’t fit any other way.

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