I haven't had a chance to check out The Manhattan Declaration, the Christian iPhone app that spreads a message in defense of traditional marriage. That's because Apple banned it from its app store, after 7,700 people signed a petition urging its removal on the grounds that the app is, allegedly, homophobic.
But it bothers me greatly that I can't see for myself what the fuss is about.
It bothers me that other people are no longer allowed to download the app and make up their own minds either.
It bothers me that the free flow of information is inhibited for reasons that seem arbitrary, petty, and even counterproductive to me.
It bothers me that the atheist website the Freethinker, which after all has the words free and think in its name, believes that the ban is a reason to gloat.
And it bothers me that even fairly mainstream ideas about the undesirability of gay marriage (though I sure as hell don't share those ideas) may be locked out from Apple's tiresome monopoly, because that censorious action promotes the idea that somehow it's best to try to push controversial opinions underground.
It's silly to fear the words of religionists (better to engage them and refute their arguments). And it's dangerous to try to ban those expressions altogether, because if you do, the law of unintended consequences holds that you may be next.