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Woolies facing wrath over hot cross buns

2012-03-29 09:26

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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Comments
  • conrad.joubert1 - 2012-03-29 10:54

    OMG?!! Seriously? Get over yourselves! It's narrow minded people like those who are boycotting woolies that's wrong with this world!

  • Steve - 2012-03-29 10:54

    Muslims have thier own version of this bun. It has a star and a moon crescent on it and is called the talibun

      Wayne - 2012-03-29 10:57

      lol and Christians have hot cross buns! lol that's the bun that died for all other buns!

      lizaanb - 2012-03-29 11:37

      And their Easterbunny is called the Tulibunny

  • vangiz - 2012-03-29 10:57

    When I buy hot cross buns from anywhere in fact, I just see fresh, toasted butter melting awesomeness going into my mouth! Whether it has a Halaal stamp on it or not, makes no difference to me as a Christian as if it tastes so good, who cares how it was made? For those Christians who are opposed or offended by Woolies buns, don't buy them! Leave them all for me! Happy eating ya'll :D

  • armandjoubert - 2012-03-29 10:58

    I just had my hot cross buns with the halaal mark on and they taste fine. since when is anything I eat going to determine me going to heaven or hell? most of the food is marked by some religious symbol and its never been a problem??

  • jen.bader - 2012-03-29 10:59

    'hot cross Christians'," - love it! People whose religion preaches tolerance and acceptance have a lot to change if minor buns get them bothered.

      christina.engela - 2012-03-29 11:49

      You should see how hot cross they get when you mention gay people ;)

  • Niki - 2012-03-29 10:59

    Nothing to get cross about, but it seems this bunfight is hotting up!

  • Gideon - 2012-03-29 10:59

    I am a Christian in my talking and my walking and I will buy those Halaal hot cross buns if I see them at woolies and they look delicious. For the unhappy christians out there, take note; 1. Easter is not a christian festival, it pagan. 2. Hot cross buns can historically not be claimed as a christian idea, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_cross_bun and 3. Jesus calls on us christians to pray over the food we eat so that He may blesss it to our bodies. So go out this weekend and enjoy those woolies hot cross buns!

  • nightlark - 2012-03-29 11:00

    Although I can see how Christians might feel offended- I do need to point out that this is once a symbolic problem- Originally the "crosses" on hot cross buns we're symbols of the Solar Cross- Which is Pagan in origin and symbolizes the path the sun travels through the zodiac . I do not understand how people can fight over this- if it isn't even in true Christian heritage

      wrkruger - 2012-04-02 00:59

      let's put crosses everywhere lol

  • mdejager - 2012-03-29 11:00

    Really? As a christian its a bit of a joke. They aren't taking a symbol of faith and destroying it! Come on people... This isn't what christianity is about

  • joanne.stroebel - 2012-03-29 11:01

    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]” WOW! what charitable Christian sentiments! I 'hate' you???? goodness! And he/she will pray to God for the destruction of Woolworths - the mind absolutely boggles. Does this mean that I am not allowed to buy that delicious Halaal spicy sausage as it will offend other'Christians?

      Mary - 2012-03-31 20:58

      They might even complain about those ladies that like a Dicken's Cider.

  • nightlark - 2012-03-29 11:02

    Although I can see how Christians might feel offended- I do need to point out that this is once a symbolic problem- Originally the "crosses" on hot cross buns we're symbols of the Solar Cross- Which is Pagan in origin and symbolizes the path the sun travels through the zodiac . I do not understand how people can fight over this- if it isn't even in true Christian heritage

  • Ashley - 2012-03-29 11:04

    and so the beat goes on...really

  • zaakiro - 2012-03-29 11:05

    First of all I am a Muslim, and i don't think it's fair on anyone to label a christian who feel offended by this incident as "stupid" or as an "idiot". That person is entitled to his own opinion based on his or her beliefs. Some people would obviously be more offended than others, some won't feel anything. If you a person of another faith, you should also respect the views an opinion and criticism to Woolworth but while still respecting one another. If you are amongst those who don't have any beliefs than common courtesy should apply and accept the differences in society and accept the fact that religion does exist and people have different views. The problem we have in South Africa specifically is when it comes to religion or race everyone gears themselves up for a massive attack on one another. Some might feel this has no consequence on the outcome of a brighter tomorrow but it actually does have. If you feel that having a halaal symbol on a cross-bun is offensive, if you feel having a cross on a cross-bun is offensive, if you feel having any symbol on a cross-bun is offensive..then maybe you should buy the cross-bun from a store that doesn't have symbols... If you feel that you don't want to eat food which has halaal or kosher stamps, don't eat it. If you do feel the need to eat it, stop complaining and eat the damn food. Your beliefs and your religion allows you the choice to decide what you want and what you don't. Choice is everything...

      christina.engela - 2012-03-29 11:53

      Good for you Zaakirinho ;) A voice of reason. Btw, since the bun is round and the intersection point of the two lines on the bun is in the center, does that make the mark on the bun a 'cross' - or an "x"? ;)

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-29 12:39

      I agree. I would just be interested why woolies now suddenly wants to put it on when a self declared Muslim say it is relevant. Than it is the individual's choice?

      celeste.rsa - 2012-03-29 13:34

      Good comment, but the problem for those that do not want to eat foods that have stamps is that 99% of products available are stamped with the halaal mark.

      Mary - 2012-03-31 21:01

      Choice is forbidden by Islam, Read your Quran; it explicitly states that Islam must subdue all others.

      wrkruger - 2012-04-02 01:00

      +1 - and this happens all over the world! That's why, no religion makes better :) everyone can believe in something, it doesn't have to be a shelter behind the word "religion"

  • Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-29 11:05

    Idiots.... I don't see the pagans complaining that the Christians took over their entire Easter festival...

      Mary - 2012-03-31 21:04

      That's because we got so many others, we don't mind sharing a few.

  • smahlaba - 2012-03-29 11:06

    Who cares about this?

  • Davorin - 2012-03-29 11:06

    Once again Christians prove themselves a religion of tolerance...

  • christina.engela - 2012-03-29 11:07

    It's frightening how easily some people find it to hate in reaction to something which is so minor, that it is practically a non-event. Hats off to the bishop on this issue. Good for the Christians who are big enough to see how silly and frivolous this complaint is. As a second point, hot cross buns were not invented by Christians - they were baked and enjoyed by the Pagan Romans centuries before Christianity was invented. I wonder how many of those complaining even know that - or anything at all about the history of their own religion?

  • Irma - 2012-03-29 11:07

    Oh my word. Seriously? Well I hope none of them eat McDonalds!!!!! But in all seriousness, who the hell do Christians think they are to dictate to the whole world how things are run? First, Red Bull can’t have a sense of humour then Woolworths can’t even accommodate Muslim patrons. PATHETIC!!!

  • rbphiri - 2012-03-29 11:08

    When did hot cross buns become a symbol of Christianity, and a holy relic in the religion? Well I'm guessing the hot "CROSS" bun, is the reason why christians are up in arms. Next think people will be going to court to have the name changed to hot buns...than some bright spark will say the name hot BUNS is homophobic. I don't know why we have to use religion in almost every matter to justify certain actions or certain needs. The problem here is that we use it in a negative manner. I agree with Marion, If ingredients have not been changed in the buns get a life.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-29 12:40

      The cross always let me more think of certain countries's flags than anything else.lol.

      Mary - 2012-03-31 21:08

      Well, flying a Hot X bun instead of the current flag does seem like a good idea.

  • Nazeem - 2012-03-29 11:08

    Ok ok.. seeing that Woolies is going to have separate halaal certified buns, can they change the cross to the moon and star on these... haha! ridiculous!

  • TheSkepticDetective - 2012-03-29 11:10

    This is so sad. Talk about religious intolerance.

  • Lee - 2012-03-29 11:12

    Ok if many of you are saying the Christians are going overboard then why go to the length of making the hot cross buns Halaal and why go the Halaal way belief? They only eat food blessed because of their belief isn't it so are many of you saying we must fall more the Halaal belief way because it has nothing to do with our christianity? I have no problem with it but I understand why some people of our christian belief are upset because those buns were created for our christian belief. Why can't the Muslems creat their own bun made the Halall regulation way then without changing our recipe? It would solve the problem and all will be happy.

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-29 11:23

      no Lee, the ENTIRE Easter festival (the eggs, the bunny AND the hot cross buns) were all part of the Pagan festival celebrating the goddess Eastre and the beginning of spring... Hot Cross Buns were NOT created for your christian belief...

      natheer.abrahams - 2012-03-29 11:28

      the halaal mark is just there to say there isnt any pork or wine in the bun, nobody changed the recipe.

      Anwar - 2012-03-29 12:22

      go out and have a look at a packet of Simba and look at back and you will see a halaal stamp on there too.. infact a lot of products you are buying would have this to indicate to muslims that it is permissible for them to eat... or would you like to contest those as well

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-29 12:44

      @natheer. True. That can be the excuse, but why must I than trust the factory that there is not certain fats in, but you cant trust them that there are not wine and pork in? Why do you need an organization and sign? It is religious!!!

      Anwar - 2012-03-29 13:46

      @DuToitCoetzee a regulatiry body just like SABS.. or should we protest agaisnt SABS having their stamps on consumer products also?? I mean according to your questioning ..its just a stamp..it doesnt have any real meaning right?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-29 15:09

      I never said it is just a stamp. SABS stamp is their to declare a certain standard applies. New labeling law was change to ensure that ingredients are correctly indicated. What is the use of the Halal sign? Duplication or religious? If you do not trust the factory proof them wrong, name and shame them. The sign is religious. That is my point. If it is there or not is not my fight, but calling a spade a spade is.

      Riad - 2012-03-29 15:49

      @Lee, the Muslems (Moslem/Muslim) did have it own branded 'BUN' but then the Western World (lead by Bush Jnr) didn't like it hence they got rid of them…………lol

      Anwar - 2012-03-30 09:39

      Halaal stamp is their to declare a certain standard applies

  • Tawizee - 2012-03-29 11:13

    Too much religious complications. That's why I stick to my beer and braai over Easter :)

  • Loulou.Jennings.Phiri - 2012-03-29 11:17

    Who cares what sign there is on the "holy" cross buns! Why cant we just live and love one another! Surely there are more important issues to address in life than hot cross buns for pete's sake! When are people (South Africans) going to learn to be more tolarent of one another - Yerrr - One foot forward, a million backwards!

  • Bev - 2012-03-29 11:17

    Shucks all this hype over a blob of dough with same raisins in it? What next?

  • Vicky - 2012-03-29 11:18

    While I have no opinion about anybody's choice of religion and couldn't care less if my neighbour is Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or any other religion, I cannot help but notice that the whole world is falling over its feet to accommodate and or not offend one particular religion. (and no, it is not Christianity). No more religious education at schools, no more nativity plays at schools at Easter time, Halaal Hotcross buns, etc etc. Is it just me? When I visit a Buddhist country, I don't go out in search of Hot cross buns and get upset and write to newspapers when I can't find them. When I visit a Muslim country, I don't insist on everybody taking of their Burkas and wearing Western clothes so that I can feel more at home. When in Rome… And I do not have a problem with Halaal markings on the packaging of hotcross buns or anything else for that matter. Woolworths seems to have created an issue where there wasn't one…..

  • MattQ4 - 2012-03-29 11:20

    BUN FIGHT!!!!!!

  • Nasiefa - 2012-03-29 11:22

    OMG people need to get over themselves !!! this is petty sh#t seriously there's more important thing to be upset about...... like the etolling #rolling my freakin eyes at this crap!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason - 2012-03-29 11:22

    This just borders on the ridiculous .. think these serial complainers need something to be upset about.

  • Ryan - 2012-03-29 11:23

    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]” How can you wish hardship on someone if you are a christian it kinda goes against what we believe in.

  • Riaz - 2012-03-29 11:23

    Wat do u call a halaal hotcross bun --- A Taalibun!

  • Tracy-Lee - 2012-03-29 11:24

    Christians are not to accept any other religion, but Christianity as no other religion accepts the Lord Jesus as Saviour of the World and the Son of God. Believing this is to be a Christian. The Bible says that those who do not accept Jesus are anti-Christs and that the wrath of God is upon them! Why would a believer in Christ Jesus accept books (like the Koran written 600 years after Christ)that don't acknowledge Him for who he is? Why accept books that preach the Jihaad against infidels (the war in which to kill all non-muslims)? That preach wife-battery and child marriage (from puberty)? That preach millions of Gods (Hinduism) that are not the I Am? That preach an energy instead of a personal God (Buddhism)and reincarnation? That worship Hare Krshna? That woships satan, the enemy of God (Satanism)? Let not those who call themselves Christians be ignorant of what is really happening globally. Do you subscribe to the Word or political Liberalism? Are you a Christian or a Liberal? You cannot be both. Some people talk about knowing the Bible when they don't even read/study it. Some read and study it, but don't understand it. Some 'know' the Bible from what they hear from others. The Word says, "My people perish for lack of knowledge". Some 'christians' here are fireballing other christians for taking offense to what Woolworths is up to. That doesn't sound very christiany. Have you forgotten Woolworths removing all Christian magazines from their stands? Wake up...

      christina.engela - 2012-03-29 11:58

      You should take your own advice - "christianity" is no better than any other religion - and it has more blood on its hands than most. - http://www.truthbeknown.com/victims.htm

      Tracy-Lee - 2012-03-29 12:26

      Wow Christina, you're so misled! That is just not true. You shouldn't give up your research yet as you don't really know the truth. www.creation.com. Check it out. Thousands of scientific articles. They cover this little accusation of yours as well. The historians just don't agree with you although this little comment of your sis popularly believed. Did you count the blood of the billions of aborted babies worldwide? While abortion is shunned by most religions because of the belief of the sanctitiy of life, it is accepted by liberals and a secular/atheistic world view. Aren't you glad to be alive?! Aren't you glad your mom didn't abort you? Was/is she a Christian? Well the killing of babies in the womb and sometimes outside thereof is the greatest genocide of ALL TIME! If all this world's inhabitants were Christian, you'd have minimal bloodshed. Yet the blood of millions are being spilled in the womb today, and tomorrow, and the day after.... (you just don't get to see their blood and/or bodies on the evening news or in the history books and you don't hear their screams. It is a fact that long prior to 3 months of age, a human foetus has a nervous system and can feel pain.

      jgrobler1 - 2012-03-29 13:13

      ignorance is bliss it seems

      Marion - 2012-03-29 14:13

      @Tracey-Lee "Some 'christians' here are fireballing other christians for taking offense to what Woolworths is up to. That doesn't sound very christiany. Have you forgotten Woolworths removing all Christian magazines from their stands? Wake up..." Being a Christian doesn't mean that you have to agree with the ridiculous and that you must keep your mouth shut just to stand in misguided 'Christian' solidarity. My faith is not determined or demonstrated by the packaging on a commercialized product or even the product itself. As a Christian I do not believe it is 'christiany' to slander other people's religious beliefs but I will certainly tell other 'Christians' what I think of what I consider to be a ridiculous stance.

      Shamier - 2012-03-29 14:25

      You should build a bunker for the end times, I heard it was the day after tomorrow :P

      Zing - 2012-03-29 16:24

      Wow, Tracy! And you deduce all that from a sticker on a package! Putting a halaal sign on a package does not make it an offering to the halaal god. It's still ok to eat. Jesus won't be offended.

      wrkruger - 2012-04-02 01:02

      all about control at the end... I vote NO RELIGION!!!! Blah blah, believe in god, just don't let religion fool you

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-03-29 11:25

    These are buns at a commercial store, not sacrament you nuts!

  • frits.aab - 2012-03-29 11:26

    Give the Tali buns - they are halaal!!!

  • Tracy-Lee - 2012-03-29 11:26

    Christians are not to accept any other religion, but Christianity as no other religion accepts the Lord Jesus as Saviour of the World and the Son of God. Believing this is to be a Christian. The Bible says that those who do not accept Jesus are anti-Christs and that the wrath of God is upon them! Why would a believer in Christ Jesus accept books (like the Koran written 600 years after Christ)that don't acknowledge Him for who he is? Why accept books that preach the Jihaad against infidels (the war in which to kill all non-muslims)? That preach wife-battery and child marriage (from puberty)? That preach millions of Gods (Hinduism) that are not the I Am? That preach an energy instead of a personal God (Buddhism)and reincarnation? That worship Hare Krshna? That woships satan, the enemy of God (Satanism)? Let not those who call themselves Christians be ignorant of what is really happening globally. Do you subscribe to the Word or political Liberalism? Are you a Christian or a Liberal? You cannot be both. Some people talk about knowing the Bible when they don't even read/study it. Some read and study it, but don't understand it. Some 'know' the Bible from what they hear from others. The Word says, "My people perish for lack of knowledge". Some 'christians' here are fireballing other christians for taking offense to what Woolworths is up to. That doesn't sound very christiany. Have you forgotten Woolworths removing all Christian magazines from their stands? Wake up...

      Micres - 2012-03-29 13:40

      Tracy, You are very much misinformed that the Quraan does not mention Jesus (AS) as being a saviour of sorts for mankind. Please read the Quraan before making such false statements :)

      Ben - 2012-03-29 14:59

      You fruit loop...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-29 15:32

      Woaaaah!! Tracy-Lee just went full hot cross bun!!

      Ben - 2012-03-30 10:07

      YOU NEVER go full hot cross bun! Never!

      Thandiwe - 2012-04-02 09:48

      HAHAHAAAHAHAHAHAHAH..... fruitloop is mild! This little debate reminds me why I stay far away from these religious freaks who are quite happy to live with the comforts of evolution. Opium for the people indeed, looks like you had a little to much babes!!

  • Charlene - 2012-03-29 11:27

    If you serve truth and the living God, take a stand. It amazes me how untaught christians are. When Islam stands together over issues that offend their faith it is commended. When christians defend their faith it is deemed pathetic, even by some of their own, Eish. There is indeed a whole lot more spiritual significance to Halaal food, it is sanctified and blessed by Muslim priests. There is a defnite clash of religions here. And if that is deemed "OK by Woolies, I dare them to put a cross with the words " Jesus" on some of their Hallal foods. Eish. The King of King comes to sort the mess out. Halelujah !!!

      christina.engela - 2012-03-29 12:01

      How "taught" are you, Charlene? let's find out - http://www.truthbeknown.com/victims.htm

      Marion - 2012-03-29 14:19

      Oi vey! and I'm Christian. I too am amazed how clueless Christians can be. Your comment is a case in point. How can hot cross buns offend your faith? Did Jesus Christ declare the hot cross bun to be sacred? Christians are supposed to bless their own food anyway and if they did that any blessing deemed 'pagan' would be nullified. Wouldn't it?

      Zing - 2012-03-29 16:28

      Charlene - the priest's blessing is only done for meat. Other products only need to comply with certain rules. Even so, the sign doesn't make it an offering to the gods.

  • kletlhogela - 2012-03-29 11:27

    Clearly people who complain have no life....There's nothing to complain...do they mean everything with a cross is for christians?

  • Daphne - 2012-03-29 11:28

    You get Bin Laden Fish foods at Woolies

  • Nic - 2012-03-29 11:29

    Thank you woolies for making the festival of rebirth and the sharing of our abundance available to people from all walks of life. In this caring attitude, I hope narrow minded selfish Christians learn something. God is greater than any religion.

  • NecroButcher - 2012-03-29 11:31

    Really??? Honestly there a bigger things to worry about out there.

  • Tracy-Lee - 2012-03-29 11:31

    Christians are not to accept any other religion, but Christianity as no other religion accepts the Lord Jesus as Saviour of the World and the Son of God. Believing this is to be a Christian. The Bible says that those who do not accept Jesus are anti-Christs and that the wrath of God is upon them! Why would a believer in Christ Jesus accept books (like the Koran written 600 years after Christ)that don't acknowledge Him for who he is? Why accept books that preach the Jihaad against infidels (the war in which to kill all non-muslims)? That preach wife-battery and child marriage (from puberty)? That preach millions of Gods (Hinduism) that are not the I Am? That preach an energy instead of a personal God (Buddhism)and reincarnation? That worship Hare Krshna? That woships satan, the enemy of God (Satanism)? Let not those who call themselves Christians be ignorant of what is really happening globally. Do you subscribe to the Word or political Liberalism? Are you a Christian or a Liberal? You cannot be both. Some people talk about knowing the Bible when they don't even read/study it. Some read and study it, but don't understand it. Some 'know' the Bible from what they hear from others. The Word says, "My people perish for lack of knowledge". Some 'christians' here are fireballing other christians for taking offense to what Woolworths is up to. That doesn't sound very christiany. Have you forgotten Woolworths removing all Christian magazines from their stands? Wake up...

      christina.engela - 2012-03-29 12:02

      Seriously? How well do you know the history of your own religion? Not very well, I think. http://www.truthbeknown.com/victims.htm

      Ikraam - 2012-03-29 12:37

      Hi Tracy. Hope i can educate you a little about Islam. In Islam if a person does not believe that Jesus (reffered to as EESA in the Koran) existed and was a prophet sent by god then he or she is regarded as a non believer. Please research it. Please pick up a koran and see it what u said exists in it rather that listening to incorrect preaching. Please feel free to ask any questions and i will gladly try and answer to educate you about islam. As in christianity and the same in Islam and many other religions. People have twisted the words of the holy books to suite themselves.

      Anwar - 2012-03-29 13:41

      Which version of the bible do you read of the many that are available? FYI.. Jesus is mentioned about 28 times in the Quran..and his miraculous birth as well Quran [3:45] Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah; [3:55] Behold! Allah said: "O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith, to the Day of Resurrection: Then shall ye all return unto me, and I will judge between you of the matters wherein ye dispute. [4:157] That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:- As Ikraam says.. if Muslim dont believe in Jesus , then you are not a muslim. Learn before you regurgitate the mindless propganda that has filledd your brain

      Anwar - 2012-03-29 13:43

      Quran [5:110] Then will Allah say: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Recount My favour to thee and to thy mother. Behold! I strengthened thee with the holy spirit, so that thou didst speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. Behold! I taught thee the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel and behold! thou makest out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My leave, and thou breathest into it and it becometh a bird by My leave, and thou healest those born blind, and the lepers, by My leave. And behold! thou bringest forth the dead by My leave. And behold! I did restrain the Children of Israel from (violence to) thee when thou didst show them the clear Signs, and the unbelievers among them said: 'This is nothing but evident magic.'

      Marion - 2012-03-29 14:25

      @Ikraam - I once heard a couple of delusional Christians sprouting about how evil Islam is because Muslims worship the moon!!

      Wayne - 2012-03-30 10:17

      ur .....

  • Amber - 2012-03-29 11:32

    Christianity is so weak and so full of holes that anything is a threat, hence why they go on a rampage about everything (Pokemon, Harry Potter, Red Bull - the list goes on) - they're all insecure and their common sense tells them that all this is a fairy-tale.

  • Wayne - 2012-03-29 11:35

    u guys are like lil kids..sensitive over buns just because its permissible for people from other faiths to consume. take a good look in the mirror and see exactly when did you actually stand for something good for yourself or your faith besides defend a stupid lil bun

  • jody.johansson - 2012-03-29 11:35

    Since when has the hot x bun been stricktly made for only christian people? If it has been made with halaal products it has to state that it is then halaal, I remember reading in the bible about only us christians can eat this bread which is my body , And that we must not love thy neighbour!!! Its kinda funny that when eid is here, ( the muslim xmas) then the christians feast themselves on all the sweet meat and savouries which is around, its pathetic that people can make a fuss about something like Dough

  • Gerald - 2012-03-29 11:45

    And in the end, it will be same hot cross buns, baked in the same bakery, by the same persons, just in a package without an halaal label. how ridiculous! i hope these Christians (who are hot cross under the collar) will stop eating "Muslim foods" now...roti and curry, briyani etc.#just saying#

  • Danijel - 2012-03-29 11:47

    Dont crussify hot cross buns on the cross that way you wont make anybody cross!!!!

  • Rani - 2012-03-29 11:49

    Get a life...I mean seriously, grow up. Where does it say dat hot cross buns are a symbol of christianity.

      shirley.wilsoninglis - 2012-03-29 12:06

      It is actually a symbol of Christianity. The cross is there as a symbol of the cross Jesus hung on. It is only meant to be baked and eaten during holy week, but the shops sell so many they have changed all that. Same with Christmas decor going up in October. Beside that point it was wrong for these people to fight about such a stupid thing

      Marion - 2012-03-29 14:34

      @shirley.wilsoninglis - It is not a symbol of the cross Jesus was crucified on. Doesn't even look remotely like that cross. Those buns, just like Christmas, are pagan in origin. Jesus wasn't born on 25th December so what does it matter whether christmas decorations go up in October? Why do we even celebrate the birth of Christ in a commercialized fashion? It is a fact that the only true Christian died on the cross. And I include myself in that statement.

  • Greg - 2012-03-29 11:52

    I think the umbrage taken by Christians in this matter is a sign of frustration with the way our socio-political environment bends over backward to accommodate Muslim demands for status & recognition. Not only in RSA but in all democracies around the world, Christians are not accorded the same level of publicity that the Muslims enjoy. A case in point is at O.R. Tambo International airport where there are numerous signs labeled "Muslim Prayer Room". Where are the Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Budhist, etc, prayer rooms?? Go to a country that is defined as an Islamic state and ask for anything Christian an see what happens. Traditonally Christian countries must bend over backwards, yet traditionally Islamic countries are intolerant of Christians or other religions.

      Riad - 2012-03-29 16:08

      Judging from your comment, I take it you are clueless as to the reason why such facilities were provided for the Muslim. Maybe you should have researched the reasoning for such facilities before being of the impression that you have a doctorate in religion hence your entitlement to make, what you might believe, an educated comment……..

      Junaid - 2012-03-30 08:23

      Greg save your breath, you might have to blow up your date tonight..

      Greg - 2012-04-02 09:51

      @Riad - Just well informed @Junaid - ??????? @Aliweyah - Economically?? Really! I suppose the Holy Bible is also freely available in said countries??

  • ivo.little - 2012-03-29 11:52

    Firstly Muslims should not be buying it if there is a cross on it, it obviously doesn't offend them. Secondly it was not invented by Christians it was invented by catholics, a faith debatable as to weather it falls under organized religion or christianity, and last but not least Easter is nothing more than a Pagan holiday incorporated into christianity along with Christmas and all most other religious hogwash. I am a christian and have no right as with anybody of any faith the right to judge another faith or followers of it yet alone a food outlet who is just trying to cater for all.

      christina.engela - 2012-03-29 12:04

      Umm... hot cross buns are a Pagan tradition, not Catholic. The Catholics stole that when they killed off the Pagans. You keep what you kill, I guess.

      Junaid - 2012-03-30 08:30

      hahahhaaaa Indiana, you should learn from your parents mistakes, get sterilized!! bwaahahahahaha

  • Niel.Kal - 2012-03-29 11:54

    Please leave the Halaal sticker on the buns, then add the Kosher sticker. Come on people, we are one before God, lets mix and share and respect each other. I wish that all people should enjoy the treats of Christianity, as my Muslim friends share with me at eed and my Jewish friends share when they have a special occasions..

      Marion - 2012-03-29 14:36

      ... and Hindu friends...