Friday, November 2, 2012

Bitten Apple Logo Creates Controversy with Orthodox in Russia

Church sees Apple logo in context of sin
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Link to article:
Bitten: Apple's 'blasphemous' logo under fire in Russia

The world-famous Apple logo with its characteristic bite has been misinterpreted as a symbol of original sin by conservatives in the Russian Orthodox church. This logo controversy is setting up a conflict between religious and secularists in the government of Russia (which is proposing religious "blasphemy" to be a crime). 

Excerpt: " According to a translation of a Russian news report that's been kicking around the Web, some conservative believers see the image of the bitten apple as a symbol of Adam and Eve's original sin in the Bible. Some have gone so far as to cover up the logo and replace it with an image of a cross.

Apparently no one has clued these folks in to the fact that Apple's name and logo were actually inspired by the legendary piece of fruit that fell on the head of mathematician and astronomer Isaac Newton...

Now, new anti-blasphemy laws proposed in Russia's parliament could conceivably prevent Apple from selling products with its own logo in the country. We've contacted Apple for comment and will update this story if we hear back.

If Apple does come to blows with the Russian church or government over its iconic logo, it could find allies within the country. Interfax news reports that the Russian political party Yabloko has been a sharp critic of the efforts to create what it calls a 'clerical-police state' that is 'deliberately fueling a conflict between the Russian Orthodox Church and secular civil society.' "

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