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 So much bad feeling has been caused that the supermarket involved has withdrawn all the buns from their shelves.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!