It didn’t take long for Christian outrage to erupt after news broke that London department store Fortnum & Mason is selling a biscuit collection based on the biblical myth of the Garden of Eden – featuring gay and lesbian couples.
Tim Dieppe, speaking on Premier Radio this week, said that the promotion was:
A celebration of the introduction of sin into this world and that it was glorifying homosexuality.
According to this PinkNews report, the world-famous store, which holds a royal warrant as a supplier of goods to the royal family, started selling £15.00 circular biscuit tins this week based on the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
In addition to Adam and Eve, customers are able to buy a tin featuring a gay couple, Adam and Steve, as well as a lesbian couple, Eve and Naimh (pronounced Neve).
But the products have been welcomed by some Christians.
Tracey Byrne of OneBodyOneFaith told PinkNews:
Three cheers to Fortnums and their Valentines biscuits – they’ve worked out what we’ve known all along, that love is love, and that God has blessed loving and committed relationships since the beginning of time.
In fact, might we suggest that if Adam and Eve had stuck to the biscuits and kept off the fresh fruit, things might have turned out very different!
If Adam, Eve, Niamh and Steve want to pop round. we’ll have the kettle on in celebration of love, justice and the restorative effects of a good cuppa.
Fortnum’s has always been for everyone, with excellent taste, and we are delighted with the response to this collection. We can’t think of better biscuits to enjoy with a cup of tea this Valentine’s Day.
A description of the range on the Fortnum’s website says:
Whether by grand gift or intimate gesture, Valentine’s Day is the year’s best chance to sweep a loved one off their feet. What better than to give the gift of Fortnum’s?
The description for the biscuits adds:
Delicately hand-iced exclusively for Fortnum’s, these gingerbread biscuits are baked to perfection to make a most memorable and, indeed, delicious gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
During the debate on equal marriage in the House of Commons, DUP MP David Simpson famously insisted:
It’s Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.
And a key member of Australia’s Coalition for Marriage also previously urged people to oppose LGBT equality because:
In the beginning almighty God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve!
Hat tip: BarrieJohn