LifeSite News just reported that the world's largest food and beverage company will be erasing Christian crosses from its packaging.
Nestle currently uses a picture of the famous blue domes of the Church of the Resurrection, a church found on the Greek island of Santorini. In Europe, this is a very recognizable image — most citizens would recognize this as large and beautiful domes from a famous church with small white crosses placed on top.
The images of the church were used for the packaging of Lidl’s Eridanous brand Greek-style yogurt. It was also used for a range of feta cheese, moussaka, and pistachio products.
But the company, while it is keeping the domes for its packaging, will be editing out the crosses. Indeed, in real life, the blue dome of the iconic Anastasis church is surmounted by a beautiful white cross. But the symbol is considered too "offensive" for many in Europe. According to the company, they do not want to "hurt the sensibilities of other religions."
"It’s a growing trend across secularized Europe, with the French retailer Carrefour, the Greek dairy company Mevgal, and the German supermarket chain Lidl also digitally amputating the Christian cross," writes Fr. Mark Hodges for LifeSite.
Breitbart News also correctly points out that this is part of a growing trend throughout Europe to abolish Christian imagery that might "offend" or "exclude" people of other religious faiths or non-faiths.
“We avoid the use of religious symbols because we do not wish to exclude any religious beliefs," said a spokesperson, according to Breitbart. “We are a company that respects diversity and this is what explains the design of this packaging.”
This trend is also seen in America. Earlier this week, the Huffington Post reported on Thursday that a Latin cross-shaped monument in Maryland, a historic piece that was built almost a century ago in memory of fallen warriors of World War I, has been deemed unconstitutional. Apparently, the historic war monument is an endorsement of religion, according to the federal appeals court.
In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit decided that a cross displayed on a publicly owned suburban Washington roadside was a means for the government to endorse a particular religion. The monument, they say, is unconstitutional because it entangles government and religion. Religious liberty, according to the perception of these particular judges, means that Christianity must be effectively removed from the public arena.
“The Latin cross is the core symbol of Christianity,” Judge Stephanie D. Thacker wrote. “And here, it is 40 feet tall; prominently displayed in the center of one of the busiest intersections in Prince George’s County, Maryland; and maintained with thousands of dollars in government funds. Therefore, we hold that the purported war memorial breaches the ‘wall of separation between Church and State.’”
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