Apple removes iTunes from Christian Values Network

27 Jul 2011

Apple has removed its music service from the controversial Christian Values Network after more than 35,000 people joined and’s protest against the network’s funding of anti-gay and anti-women’s organisations.

Apple’s removal of iTunes from the Christian Values Network (CVN) comes just two weeks after Microsoft left the network. Other companies that have removed their online stores include Macy’s, Delta Airlines, BBC America and Wells Fargo.

CVN’s fuding of anti-gay and anti-women organisations like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council sparked outrage.

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Ben Crowther, a student and Apple customer, began the campaign, which picked up significant momentum after 13,000 members signed another petition on Thursday.

“From the beginning, I knew that once this issue was brought to Apple’s attention, they would not want to be a part of CVN because it funds anti-gay hate groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council,” said petition starter Ben Crowther. Apple is a fair-minded business. I’m glad this petition helped make Apple aware of this issue, and I am thrilled that they removed iTunes from CVN,” Crowther said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years