ZDNet reported A Middle East research organization reports that Apple's flagship retail store on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan (between 58th and 59th) is offensive to Muslims
Muslims sure seem to get offended easily. Could this be because they don't really believe in their religion..... The reason? Because the building resembles the Ka'ba in Mecca (pictured below), is called "Apple Mecca," (by whom?), is open 24 hours a day like the Ka'ba, and "contains bars selling alcoholic beverages."
Ka'ba means cube. It is the first place Allah was worshiped. From the outside it does not look very exciting.
Is it very exciting inside?It is made of concrete blocks. Inside it is decorated with texts from the Qu'ran. I was just at the Fifth Avenue Apple store in NYC and don't remember them serving alcohol. The report appears to have misunderstood the intent of the "Genius Bar" and the "iPod bar." The group which "explores the Middle East through the region's media" only appears to have two valid facts in their complaint - that the Apple store is in the shape of a cube and that it's open 24 hours a day.
The Muslims can fix that. Change the shape of the Ka'ba, and close it, say on George W Bush's Birthday.