“A week ago we bought a pack of hot CROSS buns at Woolworths when I noticed it had the” halaal” – moon and star – printed on the packaging. I enquired by the manager why they have a “muslim emblem” on a product that bore a Christian emblem – the CROSS. As hot CROSS buns is in remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ at Easter I wanted to know if our CROSS had h…ow become “halaal” and if so if all Muslims now accept Christ as their saviour.
Of course she could not give me an answer and I really did not expect one from her. She then logged a query with Head Office to which we received a reply below.
On the day I think I was just trying to make a point, but hot CROSS buns is a traditional part of acknowledging the death of Christ on the CROSS on Good Friday which has been commercialised for profit by those that sell them. I feel that if you are making a profit out of my religious symbols and we as Christians allow it, then at least show the symbol the respect that it deserves. To me the “moon and star” a big symbol in Islam is trying to negate a Christian position.
Making your “buns” all inclusive without the CROSS I have no problem with, but making hot CROSS buns all inclusive by putting a “muslim symbol” on the packing is not possible because it does not mean or bear the same importance to everybody. While I understand that this is done for commercial reasons – profit – I feel that our Christian symbols should be treated with the respect and reverence it deserves and here it is not.
Am I once again being “controversial” or do I have a point. If you think I have a point please reply to Woolworth with the e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and complain when next you are in Woolworths.
Will like to hear your thoughts and Buy only Christian hot CROSS buns!!!!!!!!!
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