Russian Orthodox Christians have defaced the logos on Apple products because they consider the bitten Apple to be anti-Christian, says Russian news agency Interfax.
The radical Christians have replaced the Apple logo with a cross, claiming that the current Apple logo – well-known around the world and often voted one of the world’s most popular logos – symbolises the original sin of Adam and Eve and is generally insulting to the Christian faith.
The Register adds a new law is currently barrelling its way through the Russian Parliament to clamp down on religious insults, and there is speculation that
there could be commercial impact, even a sales ban, if Apple fell on the wrong side of the law.
But how would Apple fall on the wrong side of the law? In a sane world, this would be an argument about intent and not speculation, and as Apple logo designer Rob Janoff once told me in an interview:
The religious myths are just that […] there’s no ‘Eve and Garden of Eden’ and ‘bite from the fruit of knowledge’ symbolism!
Unfortunately, this no longer appears to be a sane world (if it ever was).