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. @Predrag

    So because we support “traditional” morality (which, btw, BECAME tradition because it WORKS, long-term and in the general case), we’re discriminating because we profess, proclaim, and – as best we can – live our beliefs.

    Yet those who call us bigots and haters are simply exercising their right of free speech, and are NOT discriminating against us – even though they’re doing PRECISELY what we’re doing, which is professing, proclaiming, and living their beliefs.

  2. I don’t know that Steve had anything at all to do with this. Some pro-gay group just made a big deal about it. If the Manhattan people make a bigger deal (like maybe a commercial w/Steve as Big Brother), it’ll go backup.

  3. I am married and, frankly, no one else’s marriage has an affect on ours. Talk about big government – telling people who to love is really the epitome.

    These people want government to dictate the very fabric of how people live their lives and they are calling Jobs “big brother”? Motherfucker, please.

  4. I agree, FSCK these guys. They are a bigoted hate group masquerading as a political action organization. NOM has vilified the gay community for years, pushing lies and distortions that have only fueled the fire of intolerance and hate.

  5. @emmayche

    Let me clarify things for you. You are not solely “living your beliefs” when you try, through legislation and smear campaigns, to force YOUR beliefs on someone else. You are free to have your beliefs and I’m free to have mine, but you don’t see ME trying to deny you rights, full equality, and equal citizenship. When someone is intolerant of their oppressors they are not being intolerant, they are showing self respect. When a battered wife hates her husband and walks out the door, she is not being hateful.
    So live your beliefs and let me live mine.

  6. None of the other applications (in favour of same-sex marriages, for example) in any way promote selective discrimination (i.e. denial of certain universally-accepted human rights) against any one specific group.

    Some hundred years ago, very many Christians were very passionate in their defense of anti-miscegenation laws. They argued with great conviction that unions between whites and blacks went against the core of their beliefs. It wasn’t until late 60s that the Americans finally completely eliminated those laws.

    It wasn’t until the 40s that most churches in America begun abandoning their pro-segregation position. Further back, in 19th century, Southern Baptists had no issue with slavery and have passionately defended it at the time.

    Religious dogma has always tended to lag far behind the rest of rational, progressive thinking. It might take Christianity a very long time to find ways to interpret their scripture in a way that would allow marriage to everyone. Until them, Christians will, most likely with the best of their intentions, continue to traipse all over other people’s basic rights.

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