Annoyed, saddened and disbelief are some of the words that came to mind, as I read an email sent to me by angry Christians, urging me to forward this email to “ALL CHRISTIANS”, to boycott Woolworths and to pray for their (woolworths) demise.
I sat wide-eyed reading these ignorant responses. All because a supermarket marked hot cross buns safe for the Muslim community to eat. Yes safe to eat, and not prayed upon as the email states. Do these Christians really believe that Jesus would mind that a bread product that is merely a symbol of Christianity be eaten and enjoyed by other religions?
Woolworths, knowing their consumers realised that the buns are enjoyed by people other than Christians and did the responsible thing of making sure the hot cross buns were certified safe for Muslim consumption.
Focus on peace, on healing a broken world, on what you can do to improve the life of another, no matter what your or their belief is. Don’t waste your time and energy on petty things.
To those who still insist on advocating this ‘Hot Cross Bun Crusade’ ponder this; 1: Jesus is featured in the Koran. 2: The hot cross bun’s origins lay with the Saxons, who ate it to honour their goddess Eostre. The cross divided the bun into four sections, representing the four phases of the moon.
Take it away. I never had it anyway.