Greek Orthodox Church Leaders Call for Boycott of Lidl and Nestlé After Companies Airbrush Out Christian Symbols on Products

Germany-based grocery store company Lidl garners controversy for removing the crosses from images of the famous Anastasis Church in Santorini, Greece on food packaging.

Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church are asking worshipers to boycott Lidl and Nestlé, which removed Christian symbols from their food packaging in an attempt to be “religiously neutral.”

Earlier this month, shoppers noticed that the German supermarket chain Lidl had used photo editing software to remove crosses on top of an iconic Greek church on its food packaging. Swiss food giant Nestlé and the local dairy producer Mevgal have also removed religious imagery from their Greek yogurts.

In response, the Orthodox Church in Athens is urging its members through sermons and on the internet to boycott Lidl, Nestlé and Mevgal, according to The Sunday Times, whom a spokesperson of the Church told the issue will be raised at a special synodical meeting next month.

While Nestlé and Mevgal in Greece have not responded, Lidl has apologized to customers who were offended.

In a statement to Premier, Lidl earlier said, “We are sincerely sorry for any offense caused by the artwork on our Eridanous product range and can confirm that we will be revising the packaging design as soon as possible.”

However, Lidl had not reinstate the religious symbols at press time. The famous blue-domed churches on the island of Santorini are still without crosses on top in the packaging.

“Imagine the same thing happening in Russia, with products parcelled and plastered with pictures of Moscow’s gold domes, only without their crosses,” the Bishop of Larissa was quoted as saying earlier. “They [the companies] would be paying each and every person there millions in damages. But here, they have not only stolen us of our voice … but they know that the cost of damage caused in this small country will be small.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar