I'm beginning to think someone around here has a sort of personal problem with the Russian Orthodox Church.
I have personal problems with idiots.
Read more about this - I think that Michal is not anti-Russian Church, but simply he is trying to point out that the actions here are NOT actions of the Russian Church - but certain extreme elements within the Church or at its periphery. (Come on, we have the same sort here and we recoil when the media portrays them as speaking for all of us.)
Here is the entire Interfax article from the 5th (I have bolded the relevant parts for clarity sake and reposted the entire brief article in order to clarify what should be a non-issue.) : Moscow, October 5, Interfax - "Some believers in Russia have replaced the logo on devices manufactured by the company Apple purchased by them for religious reason
s, (My Note: Sort of like the American idiots who saw the sign of the devil in the old Proctor and Gamble logo or that of Starbucks Coffee) but at the same time have no intention of giving them up.Interfax-Religion has learned that some Orthodox believers, including priests, have replaced the apple logo with images of crosses.( My note: America has lots of ignorant pious folks too...not just Orthodox i might add....) They believe that an apple symbolizes the original sin described in the Bible and anti-Christianity, whereas the cross in Christianity symbolizes the Savior's victory over death and the redemption of the original sin.
The first Apple logo featured Isaac Newton sitting under a tree with an apple on it. An advertising agency later developed a different logo for the company: a bitten apple. There are many opinions as to why this logo was chosen, but no official version exists.
In the meantime, a political party called Yabloko (which translates as "apple") has been operating in Russia for some 20 years. It has recently issued a sharp statement against the creation in Russia of a "clerical-police state" with an ideology "represented by a volatile mixture of militant clericalism and obscurantism." The authorities of this policy are deliberately fuelling a conflict between the Russian Orthodox Church and secular civil society," Yabloko said. "
Now, the Christian Post is not an unbiased source and has its own issues with us and the Catholic Church so I would not put any credence in their 'reporting' or exaggeration of this non-issue. If certain folks in Russia want to play the fool, and not the Holy Fool, that is their problem. I don't see the Church in support of such nonsense. If ultra-nationalist Russian zenophobic politicians want to play this card, that is their problem. We have enough idiots of our own on this side of the Atlantic in our own legislatures!