On the other hand, I was sad to learn, recently, that Apple removed the Manhattan Declaration App from its app store because some people consider it hateful and bigoted.
I suppose some people may say I'm hateful and bigoted because I support traditional marriage and believe homosexual behavior is immoral and sinful.
As I've openly declared before, I have a brother who self-identifies as homosexual, and I love him very much. On the other hand, I am disappointed with his choice to label himself that way.
Rather than view my brother as an inferior gay, or a "second class citizen," I view him as a beloved child of God who merits my love and respect.
Although I feel I've expressed my disagreement in love, I'm surprised to see so many people shouting their wish to silence me and others they disagree with. While, I strongly disagree with those who who support same-sex marriage and similar views, I firmly believe they have a right to politely speak their voice.
Rather than be silenced, I will let my voice be heard, and I have. Here is what I wrote to Steve Jobs on this matter:
Mr. Jobs:Writing six years ago, President Gordon B. Hinckley invited us to stand for truth:
First of all, my congratulations on Apple's many successes this year. I'm particularly impressed with the new MacBook Air line. Moreover, I'm curious to see how Apple responds to Chrome OS, once it actually arrives. :)
With that said, I was very sad to learn that Apple removed the Manhattan Declaration App.
I feel very strongly about traditional marriage, an unborn child's right to life, and the preservation of religious freedom in this greatest nation on earth.
I view Apple as a strong presence in our society and, as I believe Apple intends to be, a trend setter.
I invite you to use your influence for good, to let individuals peacefully speak their mind.
Please reinstate the Manhattan Declaration app.
All the best[.]
Will you please stand with me in inviting Steve Jobs and Apple to reinstate the Manhattan Declaration and to let people speak their mind?
You can write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also sign the petition to have the app reinstated.
If you have yet to sign the Manhattan Declaration, please sign it at the link, below.