Christians kick off over UK baker's hilarious crib scene

Christians kick off over UK baker's hilarious crib scene November 15, 2017

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.

This is by no means the first time a nativity scene has riled the religious. Last year in Ohio, a zombie baby Jesus display created by Jasen Dixon was vandalised.

Said Dixon:

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.

Township Administrator Greg Bickford said the township determined the case wasn’t worth the cost of litigation and voluntarily withdrew charges against Dixon.
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

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  • Italian Scallion

    Why do all the religious idiots take offense to just about everything? That sandwich does look a lot better than some baby Jesus who never existed in the first place. Hey, all you self righteous, religious people, keep this in mind. When you run out of toilet paper, you can always use pages from the Bible or the Quaran.

  • Zatre

    Mary never never ever ever played hide the sausage with Joseph. But she did let Yahweh banger.

  • AgentCormac

    Barry – do you think could we possibly have a Freethinker advent calendar next year? One featuring images created by contributors. I’m thinking the criterion for submissions should be that each window must contain a recognised image of a sky fairy (or his son/ghost, etc. of course) which has been replaced by something far more desirable or useful. You know, things like a cork screw, toilet roll, garden gnome, or tyre-inflation kit. That kind of thing. Personally, I think it could be a real sell-out money spinner for you. What do you reckon?

  • Angela_K

    The comments in the likes of the Daily Mail is full of idiots moaning that no one dare do anything similar about Mohammed. I wonder if Greggs did the sausage roll nativity deliberately to get free publicity. Next Easter: Greggs sell sausage rolls nailed to wooden crosses.

  • L.Long

    Well Italian…the xtian take offense over everything because even they know in the dark pit of their gut that it is all BS!!!
    Offense of a black jesus??? Once again xtians demo just how stoopid they can be!!

  • Vanity Unfair

    Of course they’re offended: it’s a pork sausage and Jesus was a good Jewish boy.
    Anyway, everybody knows that the one true ingredient of an Advent calendar is chocolate. (Not introduced into Europe for another 1,500 years.)

  • 1859

    So Mary gave birth to a sausage roll? What message was god giving to mankind? A divine banger wrapped in pastry? The New Testament will have to be seriously re-written. At least the language describing the Apocalypse might now begin to make some sense!

  • Har Davids

    This is just an example of transubstantiation, and Christians should appreciate this.

  • barriejohn

    Free publicity! It’s a well-known fact that if you say Jesus backwards it sounds like sausage. I wonder whether there was “outrage” over any of these:
    (I love The 3 Weismans.)

  • andym

    “The comments in the likes of the Daily Mail is full of idiots moaning that no one dare do anything similar about Mohammed. I wonder if Greggs did the sausage roll nativity deliberately to get free publicity. Next Easter: Greggs sell sausage rolls nailed to wooden crosses.”
    I’m always suspicious about these things. I suspect it’s a case of, “No publicity….” What does that tell us about the professional offence-takers? That all their whining and threats of boycotts are an irrelevance in comparison to the increased sales.
    The Mohammed parallel always interests. What they are in effect saying is, “We want by proxy the protection that threats and actual violence give to another religion, even though we always condemn such violence.”

  • Club Secretary

    Well at least the sausage roll had been circumcised.

  • Gill Kerry
  • StephenJP
  • Jesus Christ

    Of course it’s offensive. I’m on Atkins, and that pastry is tempting me to sin.

  • barriejohn

    @andym: I totally agree. They’re jealous!
    In that respect, this is interesting:

  • barriejohn
  • Brian Jordan

    @SephenJP re The Daily Mash
    Greggs’ nativity Jesus should have been a steak bake, says archbishop
    Lamb of God represented by beefsteak? Surely a mutton kebab would be more appropriate.

  • barriejohn

    I liked this comment:
    If the body of Christ really WAS a sausage roll then the church would get a few people going back to mass. Handing out sausage rolls at communion on Sunday mornings seems like fertile ground on which to target the hungover demographic.

  • Barry Duke
  • StephenJP

    @Brian Jordan: but do Gregg’s purvey mutton-based comestibles? Not in the effete South, as far as I am aware.
    Maybe they should consider re-branding their Steak Bake as Fatted Calf. Sizes: Small, Medium, Large and Prodigal.

  • barriejohn

    Barry: Hahaha. This is going to run and run. A friend has just sent me this link:
    “How disrespectful to our lard and savour.”