Russian Orthodox Christians declare Apple logo ‘anti-Christian', replace it with cross

Apple has often found itself being unflatteringly compared to a ‘cult’, with millions of brainwashed followers slavishly devoted to supporting and praising its every move. Of course, this is a gross misrepresentation of a company that simply creates products that many consumers desire and aspire to own, but such sober assessments of Apple’s status never silence the comparisons of the company to a religious institution.

Curiously, however, recent developments in Russia depict Apple as anything but divine, as some Russian Orthodox Christians have apparently taken offence over the company’s logo, believing it to be intolerably evocative of the ‘forbidden fruit’ from the Garden of Eden in the Bible’s first book of Genesis.

Russia’s Interfax news agency reports that “some Orthodox believers, including priests” have begun obscuring the company’s “anti-Christian” logo on devices that they purchased from Apple, replacing the logo with crucifixes instead.

These believers are said to have taken issue with the bitten apple being a potent anti-Christian symbol, supposedly representing the ‘original sin’ committed by Adam and Eve, in which they each ate fruit from the tree that God had forbidden them to touch. Conversely, the cross is said to embody the redemption of mankind from that sin through the death and subsequent resurrection of Christ.

Religious community site, Christian Today, pointed to new laws making their way through Russia’s parliament as a possible indication that this state of affairs will only get worse for Apple. Legislation currently under consideration there proposes to crack down on blasphemy and “insults targeting religious, spiritual or national values”, and President Vladimir Putin – who was re-elected this year with extensive and very public support from the Russian Orthodox Church, throughout his campaign – is believed to be a staunch supporter of these new laws.

Given the rising prominence and influence of ultra-conservative Orthodox Christians in Russia, it’s claimed that things could get difficult for Apple there, should greater numbers of believers adopt a similiar mentality against the company’s branding.

Something tells me they probably wouldn’t see the funny side of making a joke at this point about the ‘Jesus Phone’.

Source: Interfax | via Logo Design Love

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I find it funny that even though they now think apple has some sort of anti-Christian agenda thanks to its logo, they are still not willing to give up the apple products.

Were it any other company i can't help buy imagine they would have just boycotted them and started buying some other product. Seems their devotion to apple may be testing their faith a little

I never understood why Christians consider the crucifix to be a religious symbol. It's supposed to be a torture device isn't it? As for the forbidden fruit, it wasn't an apple but a wheat stalk.

deadonthefloor said,

You clearly have no idea what you're talking about.
Actually I do. The person who wrote Genesis probably thought that a wheat stalk sounds boring and why would anyone wan't to eat it. So he depicted the fruit as an Apple.

gzAsher said,
Actually I do. The person who wrote Genesis probably thought that a wheat stalk sounds boring and why would anyone wan't to eat it. So he depicted the fruit as an Apple.

As deadonthefloor said. Nowhere in Genesis is the fruit ever named, but most experts believe that it would more likely have been a pomegranate or fig (apples are not native to that region, but pomegranates and figs are). The whole apple thing came mostly from European painters who depicted the fruit that way since it was one they were familiar with. Where are you getting this wheat stalk nonsense?

roadwarrior said,

As deadonthefloor said. Nowhere in Genesis is the fruit ever named, but most experts believe that it would more likely have been a pomegranate or fig (apples are not native to that region, but pomegranates and figs are). The whole apple thing came mostly from European painters who depicted the fruit that way since it was one they were familiar with. Where are you getting this wheat stalk nonsense?
Yeah I looked and it doesn't name the fruit in the Quran either but since childhood we've always learned it was a wheat stalk. And what is this region you're referring to? Because this whole incident happened on Paradise and then they were both exiled "down" to earth.

gzAsher said,
I never understood why Christians consider the crucifix to be a religious symbol. It's supposed to be a torture device isn't it? As for the forbidden fruit, it wasn't an apple but a wheat stalk.

Because, through the cross, Jesus proved the world there is no death and we are immortal, thus our belief is true and proven by his ressurection. His ressurrection practically gave life to Christianism.

Mortis said,

Because, through the cross, Jesus proved the world there is no death and we are immortal, thus our belief is true and proven by his ressurection. His ressurrection practically gave life to Christianism.
We are immortal?

gzAsher said,
Yeah I looked and it doesn't name the fruit in the Quran either but since childhood we've always learned it was a wheat stalk. And what is this region you're referring to? Because this whole incident happened on Paradise and then they were both exiled "down" to earth.

I'm guessing that since you mentioned the Quran that you are Muslim? If so, then you probably have different teachings on the subject. In Christian belief (well, most Christian denominations, not sure about all of them, and likely Judaism as well), the Garden of Eden was on Earth, and located somewhere in the area of Iraq (since it specifically mentions the Tigris and Euphrates rivers). That is the region I was referring to.

Mortis said,

Because, through the cross, Jesus proved the world there is no death and we are immortal, thus our belief is true and proven by his ressurection. His ressurrection practically gave life to Christianism.

But how do you prove that he was resurrected?

Russia's Interfax news agency reports that “some Orthodox believers, including priests” have begun obscuring the company's “anti-Christian” logo on devices that they purchased from Apple, replacing the logo with crucifixes instead.

"We are now also receiving reports of groups of Orthodox believers demanding regulations to be put in place banning apples, the fruits, from being sold."

Well, would make just about as much sense anyway...

As soon as I read the title I thought "because the apple is the icon of the first blasphemy". I can follow their logic, but the logic is based around a story that, let's be honest, never happened.

As for putting a cross on everything... I can't remember which comedian said it but if Jesus came back for his 2nd coming, and saw everyone wearing the cross, surely he'd be "Seriously? Cheers guys, insensitive much!"

Surely there are better reasons to be offended by Apple. And if you were offended, isn't the obvious solution simply not to use them? This sounds like one lot of zealots are just jealous that someone else has a more effective cult. Maybe they should just switch to the Apple one since it's more in vogue anyway.

In the modern world everyone is so touchy and can be easily offended by pretty much anything, especially "minorities".

Maybe they don't know Isaac Newton... Well, the Muslims thought the "Innocence of Muslims" movie was about the prophet Mohammed. It ended up being about Mohammed the smoke shop owner.

Sergey Hudiev said,
I'm Russian Orthodox Christian and I have to say that this news is fake. No names, no real pictures - why you guys are so gullible?

I'm a Greek Orthodox Christian and I've to say, you know... They must have read somewhere 1-2 statements of 1-2 Ultra Orthodox 80+ years old priests and they made it big deal due to complete misrepresentation...

Meanwhile, they don't write that the vast majority in such countries ( 95% in Greece ) are Orthodox Christians who don't even know what are they talking about...

Sergey Hudiev said,
I'm Russian Orthodox Christian and I have to say that this news is fake. No names, no real pictures - why you guys are so gullible?

The original interfax story is probably legit. It just reports that

"Interfax-Religion has learned that some Orthodox believers, including priests, have replaced the apple logo with images of crosses."

That's it, the whole story.

Now, the guys at christiantoday have certainly spunned it out of the proportions by saying "Apple logo may become illegal in Russia".

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