For all we know Steve Jobs sold his soul to the devil to ensure Apple became the company we know (and love) today. But the Apple logo is surely innocuous, no? I mean, it’s an apple with a bite taken out of it. What could possibly be considered evil about that?
Quite a lot, as it turns out, at least according to some members of the Russian Orthodox Church. A translation of a Russian news report, subsequently picked up by CNET, suggests that the more extreme Christians in Russia are offended by the Apple logo, suggesting it is somehow blasphemous.
This assertion comes from their belief that the Apple logo is a reference to the symbol for original sin from the Bible. Adam and Eve, claimed by some to be the first human beings, eat the forbidden fruit and bring sin into the world. Therefore Apple’s logo, which is nothing but an apple with a bite taken out of it, is a sign of sinful behavior.
Some are taking this belief so seriously that they’re reported to be covering the Apple logo up with a crucifix whenever and wherever they see it. And with new anti-blasphemy laws being proposed in Russia, it’s possible that Apple would have to remove its logo from all products and stores if it wanted to maintain a future presence in the country.
There are two rather important things to remember here. 1. Apple’s logo isn’t based on the story of Adam and Eve, it is instead based on the notion that Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity while watching apples fall from a tree. And in fact the first Apple logo shows that scene in full. 2. The forbidden fruit is never named as an apple in the Bible, and has simply come to be referred to as an apple in modern times.
So, whichever way you look at it, this story is sheer madness.