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Some Russian Orthodox Christians Call Apple Logo 'Blasphemous'

By - Source: CNet | B 65 comments

It seems Apple's logo is causing problems in Russia.

Whether it's designs used without permission, like the clock in iOS 6, or telling people affected by Antenna-gate or purple cameras that they should just hold their phone differently, we've seen Apple ruffle a few feathers over the years. However, this is probably the strangest case we've heard so far.

CNet cites a Russian report that says some Russian Orthodox Christians are claiming that Apple's famous logo is blasphemous. They say that the bitten apple is the symbol for original sin in the Bible and it's said that some people are even covering up the offending logo with a  cross.

Apple hasn't responded to these claims, but CNet's Eric Mack writes that with the recent heightened sensitivity over perceived threats to the influence of the church, Apple's logo may be seen as disrespectful. Not only that, but if new proposed anti-blasphemy laws are passed, Apple could be prevented from using the logo.

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    greghome , October 22, 2012 10:12 AM
    In mother Russia, you sue Apple..... :D 
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    Anonymous , October 22, 2012 10:07 AM
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    Screw apple and religious nutters both HAHAHAHA!
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    randomizer , October 22, 2012 10:29 AM
    The apple is not the symbol for anything. Paintings and cartoons of Adam and Eve might all have apples in them, but at no point is an apple explicitly stated or even implied as being the forbidden fruit eaten by them in Genesis.

    Maybe cartoons are more canonical than scripture in Russia.
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    Anonymous , October 22, 2012 10:07 AM
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    Screw apple and religious nutters both HAHAHAHA!
  • 47 Hide
    greghome , October 22, 2012 10:12 AM
    In mother Russia, you sue Apple..... :D 
  • 8 Hide
    manofchalk , October 22, 2012 10:26 AM
    Guess it was going to happen eventually.
    There is already the comparison to Alan Turing's death.
  • 4 Hide
    DjEaZy , October 22, 2012 10:27 AM
    ... i wonder, what late Christopher Hitchens would say...
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    randomizer , October 22, 2012 10:29 AM
    The apple is not the symbol for anything. Paintings and cartoons of Adam and Eve might all have apples in them, but at no point is an apple explicitly stated or even implied as being the forbidden fruit eaten by them in Genesis.

    Maybe cartoons are more canonical than scripture in Russia.
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    neiroatopelcc , October 22, 2012 10:31 AM
    Normally I'm inclined to side with whomever is Apple's adversary, but in this case they're both equally evil.
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    mayankleoboy1 , October 22, 2012 10:39 AM
    'blasphemous' is the sole property of sheetheads......
  • 18 Hide
    Anonymous , October 22, 2012 10:50 AM
    It's not the Apple logo that causes problems in Russia, it's the Church...
  • 14 Hide
    JJ1217 , October 22, 2012 10:51 AM
    For once I'm actually gonna side with Apple. But seriously, they're both idiots.
  • 3 Hide
    alidan , October 22, 2012 10:54 AM
    wow... besides this post there is nothing i could say that wouldnt award me a sanction.
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    lockhrt999 , October 22, 2012 11:04 AM
    Apple to Russian church: Your religionism is wrong.
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    The_Trutherizer , October 22, 2012 11:09 AM
    If you want my opinion they can get around it by adding a worm to the logo. I think it would be quite appropriate.
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    madjimms , October 22, 2012 11:11 AM
    I hate all religion, but I hope they sue Apple for all they got! (And donate the money to science? >_>)
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    evilsizer , October 22, 2012 11:20 AM
    Apple to Russian church: You are looking at it wrong; look at it from the side. Problem fixed.
    Apple to Russian church: We hold the patents to all Apple related symbols. If you wish to continue to use apples as a symbol in your religion, you'll have to pay a licensing fee.
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    greghome , October 22, 2012 11:22 AM
    madjimmsI hate all religion


    F%@# You,
    my religion is Jedi :p 
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    may1 , October 22, 2012 11:41 AM
    Later, you find out Apple's going to sue the bible for using its trademark logo.
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    byanymeans , October 22, 2012 11:59 AM
    This is the kind of thing that gives actual bible reading/following Christians a tainted view in society today. This hurts, does not help Gods cause.
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    jankeke , October 22, 2012 12:00 PM
    I wonder what the Flying Spaghetti Monster would, in His noodly goodness, say to this ...
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    Anonymous , October 22, 2012 12:05 PM
    Religion is just a bunch of silly myths and superstition, much like astrology. There may be a creator/supreme being, but if there is, we know nothing about it. I hope, someday, people quit needing the crutch of religion, and start living with the reality that we do not know and cannot know.
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    JeanLuc , October 22, 2012 12:05 PM
    Nobody the story behind Apple's logo, Steve Job's took that to he's grave but one likely story is it's a symbolic tribute to the godfather of computers Alan Turing who after breaking the German Enigma code with he's invention of the BOMB took his own life when the British justice system prosecuted him for being a homosexual. He killed himself by biting into a poisoned Apple.
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