Woolies facing wrath over hot cross buns

Cape Town - Woolworths is facing criticism from a few Christians for putting a Halaal certification mark on its hot cross buns, but a bishop has labelled it "nothing more than a storm in a baking pan".

The Cape Times reported on Thursday that people had written e-mails and used social networking sites to voice disapproval of the use of a Muslim mark on a food that had special significance for Christians.

One Christian wrote on Woolworths Facebook wall: “Ja, its sad to hear the woolies we supported all these years turned their backs on Christians.

“Really disappointed. Lucky we received that email, man its spreading like a wild fire. Proud to say a few people I know are boycotting W, including me [sic].”

Another wrote: “I hate woolworths... How can you do that to the Christians, I hope that God will have mercy on you. And dnt be surprised if your shops run bankrupt.. I will pray to my living God and you will see what he is capable of! [sic]”

SA Catholic Bishops' Conference spokesperson Chris Townsend said people were overreacting and needed to be more understanding.

"Hot cross buns are only a symbol, and not a central tenet of Christianity. There are a lot more weighty issues to deal with in SA than a few 'hot cross Christians'," he was quoted as saying.

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.

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Marion Friedenthal 2012-03-29 09:32:10 AM
The only reason I can see why people could be offended is if the ingredients have been changed to comply with halaal regulations and the buns are no longer lekker as a result. (Like the Macon pizzas instead of Ham and Bacon pizzas). If ingredients have not been changed get a life.
Mvikeli 2012-03-29 09:35:45 AM
Wow, really?!? “I hate woolworths... How can you do that to the Christians, I hope that God will have mercy on you. And dnt be surprised if your shops run bankrupt.. I will pray to my living God and you will see what he is capable of!” <== This over hot-cross buns?!?
Its my raaaaaait 2012-03-29 09:35:46 AM
oh come on Woolies Play fair...make them some Bacon Samoosa's to go with those buns
PointBlank 2012-03-29 09:36:25 AM
I would cry if this wasn't so pathetic...
@jasonchildren 2012-03-29 09:36:45 AM
Im not a huge religious chap, but I can help wondering if a Christian symbol was put on a food item that represented a Muslim holiday, that the Muslims would go ape! Lol this turn the other cheek lark is not always the best bet.
DennyCray 2012-03-29 09:44:06 AM
Hot cross bun-gate. Truly a scandal of epic proportions.
CockEye Soupie 2012-03-29 09:44:37 AM
Christians have a point and it should be respected - Moslems generally dont buy Hot Cross due to the religious connotation (they don't mind the eggs and bunnies though)
kerry.yeo 2012-03-29 09:44:42 AM
Whahaha!!!! This is hysterical. Honestly, HOT CROSS BUNS????????
Domonique David Parker 2012-03-29 09:45:24 AM
Easter is def not about chocs and buns or pickled fish, Christianity is symbolised by the way you live your life. It is symbolised by the love you show to God, his kingdom and yourself. we should be bying those halaal buns in bulk , and giving them as a gift to muslims as an opportunity to share the gospel of Christ. much love , happy easter. Dom
ACrew 2012-03-29 09:46:37 AM
If you don't like it don't buy it , simple , klaar.