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Radical orthodox Christians from Russia remove Apple logotype from the company's products and put a cross sign instead of them. The orthodox find the half-bitten apple logotype anti-Christian and insulting their belief, something that may potentially cause serious problems for Apple's products in the country.

Interfax news-agency reports about "several" cases, where the radical orthodox, including priests, swapped the Apple logo for an image of the cross, the symbol of Jesus Christ. According to the ultra-radical orthodox activists, the bitten apple symbolizes the original sin of Adam and Eve and is generally anti-Christian. It is unknown whether the radical orthodox consider the logotype as insulting, but it looks like they do.

At present, the Russian parliament is considering a set of laws designed to "to defend citizens' religious feelings and national and spiritual values from blasphemy and insult". Considering the ongoing radical orthodox Christian hysteria in the Russian Federation, which began earlier this year, and the will of authorities to assist the confession that openly supported presidential candidate Vladimir Putin early in 2012, Apple may run into problems in the country. If the laws pass the presidential clan-controlled parliament (which is highly-likely), the ultra-radical orthodox activists may accuse Apple of anti-religious deeds, which may in the worst-case scenario halt sales of Apple products in Russia.

It is interesting to note that Apple's first logo, designed by Ron Wayne, depicted Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree. However, the logo was quickly replaced by Rob Janoff's "bitten" "rainbow Apple" silhuette that was used from late 1976 to 1998. The monochrome "bitten" Apple logo was used from 1998 to 2003, when it was replaced by glass-themed Apple logotype.

It is interesting to note that from 1976 to 2012 no influential Christian organization has accused Apple of anti-Christian propaganda with the bitten apple silhouette.

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God's zoo is great...
2 2 [Posted by: Martian  | Date: 10/04/12 05:26:54 AM]
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reports about "several" cases


Does not mean trouble selling in the entire country.
1 0 [Posted by: KeyBoardG  | Date: 10/04/12 08:44:15 AM]
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Dumb...
1 1 [Posted by: zaratustra06  | Date: 10/04/12 09:02:57 AM]
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Now that you mentioned the Christian context, the black bitten apple is sinful. The apple symbolizes the forbidden fruit and Apple wants people to taste it in a sinister Neoliberal manner. The black color symbolizes danger of death and the wants the consumers to do the wrong thing for personal pleasure.
2 2 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 10/04/12 01:43:03 PM]
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the bitten apple symbolizes the original sin of Adam and Eve and is generally anti-religious

nvidia & gigabyte also have the eye logo, as do qualcomm snap dragon, powercolor devil 13, asus & some others. the eye represents the symbol of Antichrist, the all seeing eye, its also on the dollar rofl

The whole system is rigged, companies with the eye logo or links to the all seeing eye, tend todo better e.g. apple shares, also have a look at tobacco, food & beverage companies etc. its the same story everywhere, i usually avoid them like the plague.
1 2 [Posted by: keysplayer  | Date: 10/04/12 09:09:08 PM]
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Christianity is much better off when it doesn't make buddies with any political party or government....
3 1 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 10/04/12 04:06:07 PM]
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I was under the impression that the type of fruit in the bible was never actually mentioned there and the idea of it being an Apple was just something people in Europe said. So if these people are really religious wouldn't they be aware of that ? Doesn't that render the whole thing moot ?
2 1 [Posted by: MarkHughes  | Date: 10/05/12 01:46:07 AM]
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You're correct as far as I know. In some cases, the fruit has been said to be a pomegranate. In one depiction I have seen, it was a phallic-looking papaya-esque fruit. With all do respect to these Christians, they haven't a case.
1 0 [Posted by: David Philippart  | Date: 10/05/12 11:41:08 AM]
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Here are some images of the crosses over the Apple products.
http://redhotrussia.com/apple-company-anti-christian/

Wouldn't you want to buy such?
1 0 [Posted by: Augis  | Date: 10/05/12 02:25:12 AM]
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What was the price of the original Apple?

You got it,$666.

Not that I put much weight into this new stuff, but wouldn't you think someone at Apple would have noticed something about 666?
0 0 [Posted by: TA152H  | Date: 10/05/12 06:52:38 PM]
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1. First computer sold for 666$
2. Bitten fruit as logo
3. MACOSX operating system kernel called "Darwin" and has as a mascot a small devil
0 0 [Posted by: Athanasios Emmanouilidis  | Date: 05/23/13 11:19:46 PM]
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I am an Orthodox Christian (Greek) but I think that priests must mind their own bussiness instead of chasing ghosts. Keep also in mind that I do not like Apple but I do not like any kind of fanaticism also.
0 0 [Posted by: geoal  | Date: 10/07/12 01:31:19 PM]
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