Sunday, 1 April 2012

Sweating the Small Stuff?


I almost can't believe that such a storm in a teacup has been stirred up this week in our local press over Hot Cross Buns.  Apparently, a batch has appeared in one of our most respected supermarkets, labelled "Halaal" and this has released a tide of resentment amongst a (hopefully) small number of those whose Christian sensitivities have been extremely offended. So much bad feeling has been caused that the supermarket involved has withdrawn all the buns from their shelves.  So now no-one gets any.  Surely this is cutting off one's nose to spite one's face?  The sad thing is that this episode reveals just how paranoid and religiously intolerant our society is just below the surface.  We pretend as best we can that we are wonderful and accepting of those whose beliefs happen to differ from our own - and then this sort of thing tears through the flimsy facade. Perhaps its another wake-up call. Personally, I eat anything I fancy regardless of labelling, except that I try to avoid too many preservatives.  Just so as you know!  Happy Easter to my lot! Happy Holidays to everyone else!

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  1. Y'see? That illustrates the problem I have with those who are just a leetle too sensitive about their Christian sensitivities. What? God cares about hot cross buns now?
    Please.

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    1. Our Bishop called it 'a storm in a baking tray'

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  2. I have generally found that a hyper-sensitivity is indicative of a very crystalline fragile faith. The surface can appear to be very hard, but it can shatter into a many tiny pieces. If that happens what is to keep one from falling into the abyss of despair? This creates fear and fear causes people to lash out in hatred...exactly opposite of what God would want us to do.

    When one can question their deepest beliefs and no longer fear eternal damnation, enlightenment is not far off. God (what ever that is) wants us to experience with all of heart and Soul, not mindlessly believe in rules and facts.

    Wonderful observations as always.

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    1. Words from a wise man. I have learned to be wary of those who claim to be 'sensitive'. I'm starting to think it's a pseudonym for 'a bit dumb.'

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