I had no idea that hot cross buns were such a sacred part of our Christian Easter heritage with such significant theological symbolism. Christians in South Africa have complained that Woolworths has placed a Halaal certification sticker on their hot cross buns.One satirical headline put it, “Woolworths shoppers foil Islamist hot cross bun terror plot.”
The food chain apologised for the upset and said it would release separate buns in future: non-Halaal certified hot cross buns and Halaal certified spiced buns. It sounds incredible, but comments posted onto online news articles reflect the anger and the arrogance of the Christians(?) who started the furore in the first place.
I remember a Hindu friend who said, “But Christmas is for everyone.” I say, “Amen” to that. And so is Easter and everything else that is of Christ. And if putting a Halaal sticker on hot cross buns ensures that a Muslim (or anyone else) might eat one and (who knows) maybe think about the One who died for us all, how cool is that?
Our reaction to the sticker however has just ensured that, if the bun doesn’t stick in his throat, he (or she) will only be interested in the taste. There will be no interest in anyone or anything associated with such arrogant exclusivism. How sad is that? Have we become the very people who put Jesus on the cross?
- Do you like Hot Cross Buns? (hurtlingtowards60.wordpress.com)