Faith-heads in Britain have found something fresh to be offended by: a sausage roll featured by the Greggs company in a promotional image for its advent calendar.
After it was accused by Christians of disrespecting their religion, Greggs apologised, according to this report.
One Twitter user wrote:
I’m glad Christians kicked off and Greggs apologised. No other religion would stand for that nonsense.
Other people joined in calls for organisations to:
Respect all faiths equally.
The firm said in a statement:
We’re really sorry to have caused any offence, this was never our intention.
But it is not withdrawing the £24 advent calendar which features the image and has vouchers to spend in its stores.
The UK Evangelical Alliance said it was “not too outraged” about the Greggs nativity scene, but that it does raise issues of companies using the Bible story to sell products. Said Daniel Webster, spokesperson for the organisation:
Every year some company creates a Christmas controversy for commercial gain. It seems to get earlier each year.
He said Jesus should be the focus of Christmas celebrations, not advent calendars and marketing to sell sausage rolls.
Simon Richards, Chief executive of the Freedom Association, was less sanguine. According to The Guardian he tweeted:
Please boycott @GreggsOfficial to protest against its sick anti-Christian advent calendar. What cowards these people are: we all know that they would never dare insult other religions! They should donate every penny of their profits to @salvationarmyuk.
They ripped Mary’s head off and flipped over baby Jesus’ bed. We found him out in the yard. They knocked over one of the wise men and broke Joseph.
Dixon said he spent the day putting the display back together and fixing the damaged figures.
It was the third consecutive year that Dixon had assembled the nativity scene that replaces religious figures with zombies.
Earlier in the year, 27 misdemeanor charges were dropped against Dixon and he didn’t have to pay $13,500 in fines issued by Sycamore Township officials who claimed the roof of the nativity scene violated zoning laws.
You can see other controversial nativity scenes, including a “silly, stupid and offensive” one showing a black baby Jesus, here.
Hat tip: AgentCormac and BarrieJohn