Schools across Britain have been ordered by local authorities to abandon the
ancient tradition of serving hot cross buns at Easter so as not to offend children
of non-Christian faiths.
Some councils are refusing to hand out the traditional treats because they
fear that the symbol of the cross will spark complaints from Jewish, Hindu
and Muslim pupils or their families.
…Liverpool council, which is controlled by the Liberal
Democrats, also told The Telegraph that the symbol of the cross had the "potential to offend" and
buns will no longer be served to children.
…"We are not serving hot cross buns at all," said a spokesman. "Each
term we try to come up with a menu which encourages children to think about
different issues. This Easter term we chose information technology and did
not even consider putting hot cross buns on the menu."
But Mary stood weeping outside the server racks, and as she
wept she stooped to look into the server bay; and she saw two geeks in white,
sitting where the information technology had lain, one at the hard drive and
one at the power supply. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She
said to them, "Because they have taken away my information technology,
and I do not know where they have laid IT." Saying this, she turned round
and saw the Information Technology rebooted, but she did not know that it
was the information technology. IT said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom do you google?" Supposing
him to be the head geek, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried IT
away, tell me where you have laid IT, and I will take IT away and install it
my own PC." Information technology said to her, "Mary." She
turned and said to him in Klingon (as geeks are likely to do), "t’kahr " (which
means Teacher). The Information Technology said to her, "Do not hold
me, for I have not yet defragged to the fullest but go to my brethren and say
to them, I am installing
and your system" Mary Mag’dalene went and said to the employees, "I
have seen the Information Technology"; and she told them that IT had said
these things to her.
Ann Widdecombe, the Conservative MP and former shadow
home secretary who is a Roman Catholic convert, described the ban as "appalling and absurd". "These
people are silly asses," she said.
That puts it pretty succinctly.
"It would appear that we should know about everyone
else’s culture apart from our Christian tradition. It seems that anything
that comes from an ethnic
minority is fine, while anything Christian is wrong.
…The Muslim Council of Britain called the decision "very, very bizarre".
A spokesman said: "This is absolutely amazing. At the moment, British
Muslims are very concerned about the upcoming war with Iraq and are hardly
going to be taken aback by a hot cross bun.
"Unfortunately actions like this can only create
a backlash and it is not very thoughtful. I wish they would leave us alone.
We are quite capable
of articulating our own concerns and if we find something offensive, we will
say so. We do not need to rely on other people to do it for us.
"British Muslims have been quite happily eating
and digesting hot cross buns for many years and I don’t think they are suddenly
going to be offended."
Under the cover of pretend tolerance so as not to offend
other religious groups these edicts are made. In every case that I have seen
when something like this has been done I have also noticed that other religious
groups ridicule the idea. If they are serious though they can also get rid
of cross walks, ban cross-eyed children, Cross brand of pens, cross roads,
and people acting cross.