German Food Chain Faces Backlash After Airbrushing Crosses From Churches On Food Packaging

Tyler Durden's picture

Europe’s war on religion has reached an absurd milestone.

According to the Telegraph, customers of budget supermarket Lidl have expressed outrage after the company airbrushed Christian symbols from packaging of its "Eridanous"-branded Greek-food line, which featured images of the Anastasis Church in Santorini, Greece, in order to remain "religiously neutral," as the company claimed.

“The German chain's Greek food range features images of the famous Anastasis Church in Santorini, Greece, complete with its world-renowned blue dome roof."

Shoppers have taken to the company’s Facebook page to express their "disappointment" that the cross was photoshopped. One user, Daniel Novak, wrote: "I'm highly disappointed in a company that is bending over to cater to specific people. Why are you hiding from the history?”

"We are all to learn from history, removing it with Photoshop will cause the same mistakes of the past to be done over and over again."

One user demanded to know who the company thought it would be offending with the crosses.

“Steve West added: ‘Why have you taken the crosses off the top of Greek churches in your advertising?


‘Is there somebody you will think takes offence? There is. Me, Greeks and many others. I definitely won't be using you again if you don't reverse this policy.’”

Another asked why the company felt compelled to erase reality.

“And Daisy Matthews wrote: ‘Why are you erasing the reality from a photo?’


If there were products from Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, or Muslim countries with their symbols depicted on there I wouldn't have a problem buying them.”

Still others said they felt discriminated against as Christians, and doubted that the company would treat an image of a mosque the same way.

“‘As a Christian I feel really hurt, discriminated against, upset and disappointed that you have done this, if it is the case I won't be shopping at your store anymore.’


The 'Eridanous' range features Greek delicacies such as olive oil, Moussaka, yogurt and gyros.”

In fact, customers have also pointed out that some of the packaging for Halal meats sold at Lidl appear to feature buildings with minarets, a piece of Islamic religious architecture. According to the Telegraph, the row has spread across Europe, with shoppers in Belgium and Germany criticizing the policy.

The company quickly apologized, but it did little to quiet customers’ anger.

"We have been selling our highly popular Eridanous own-label range in Lidl stores across Europe for over 10 years now, and in that time the design of the packaging has been through a number of updates.


"We are extremely sorry for any offence caused by the most recent artwork and would like to reassure our customers that this is not an intentional statement. In light of this we will ensure that all feedback is taken into consideration when redesigning future packaging."

But the Belgian arm of European TV and radio station RTL, which originally picked up the story after a reader who noticed the packaging wrote in, said it had been given a different statement.

Ironically, the company said it airbrushed the cross because it didn’t want to “exclude” customers of different faiths.

“‘We are avoiding the use of religious symbols because we do not wish to exclude any religious beliefs,’ it quoted a spokesman as saying.


‘We are a company that respects diversity and this is what explains the design of this packaging.’”


"Our intention has never been to shock," said the supermarket's spokesman.


"We avoid the use of religious symbols on our packaging to maintain neutrality in all religions.


‘If it has been perceived differently, we apologize to those who may have been shocked.’”

Lidl’s experience is one that’s becoming increasingly common in the modern PC-dominated culture: Companies offending large groups of customers while actively trying to do the opposite.

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Stan Smith's picture

"We apologize to those who may have been shocked"

Greatest quote of all time.   Oye.

ACP's picture

War on religion? No.

War on Christianity.

The Islamic Republuc of Germany would never declare war on Islam.

07564111's picture

If my memory is correct it ( and it is ) it goes like this ....

Fuck The EU.

These maggots deserve everything coming their way.

Swampster's picture



How many times must you idiot Goyim be told?

Swampster's picture

The destructuction of cultural heritage by ISUS.....

Remember when the jew run media ran videos of ISUS destroying cultural heritage in Syria and other Arabic countries?

Well how stupid are you GOYIM not to see that ISUS IS DOING THE SAME TJHING IN AMERICA?


mtl4's picture

Call me crazy but if you want to appeal to folks of all faiths then don't put pics of christian curches on your packaging, period.......Captain Obvious says airbrushing off a cross does not change the fact that it's still a church!

Bad Attitude's picture

Airbrushing off the Christian symbols from packaging means the manufacturer doesn't have to redesign the packaging again after muslims take over Europe and turn the churces into mosques.

Forward (over the cliff)!

yogibear's picture

The Satanic NWO admires and caters to Islam.

SunTzu2U's picture

Amen. The same applies to USA.

waspwench's picture

Boycott LIDL.

Make it hurt.

Crash N. Burn's picture

Posted this story yesterday in the daily "gatestone" bit. Here's a follow up:

Czech man appears in Lidl shop with large Greek cross

Of course, the store  called the cops! WTF?


ebworthen's picture

The Crusades continue to be lost.

Imagine if they had removed the Star of David, or the Star and Crescent?  A scandal!

However, dumping on Christians is just fine!  Selective discrimination.  Typical N.W.O. thought process.

gregga777's picture

I can guess who owns and operates Lidl. Can you?

A Nanny Moose's picture

(((who might that be)))???


Dame Ednas Possum's picture


((They)) can't control you if you don't let them. 

Make a choice. 


Ace006's picture

Forget BDS. Antitrust law enforcement!

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

I'm fast running out of companies to purchase shit from... seriously, I'm boycotting so many things right now it's not funny. Guess i'll save a load of money, at least.

Vageling's picture

Can guess? His name makes me think of Soros. Schwarz... 

Ace006's picture

Away with the green crescent from Western political life. Let's play this thing out logically.

otschelnik's picture

Idiots. If they didn't want religious symbols how about showing the acropolis, a portrait of zeus or aphrodite, or another symbol of greece that doesn't demand a royalty? 

TheReplacement's picture

Zeus and Aphrodite are religious in nature so there is that reason.

edotabin's picture

Insidious as usual.

dark fiber's picture

Gyros?  So basically they photoshoped the cross from a bag full of chopped pork, in order not to offend Muslims???

Vageling's picture

You sure? Even at Dominos or NY Pizza they have this tasteless halal wannabee salami shit. Why I never go there at all anymore. Bow down bitches. *Gobbles down a ham sandwich* 

dark fiber's picture

Now that you mention Halal,  it is clearly a much more painful way to slaughter an animal than the standard way.  Where is PETA?  Where are the animal rights organizations? 

Ace006's picture

Good point. They and the feminists have a higher agenda than their stated one - to foul the larger nest. 

Feminists are for the total degradation of women. If you want to see or hear something that the word "moronic" doesn't even begin to describe, watch or listen to feminists. Remember the pink fallopian tube hats? 

I rest my case.


Bendromeda Strain's picture

Yeah, we remember, and "Christian" minister, Reverend g-g-g-g-g-g-nephew of Robert E. Lee was just "forced" to resign from his church because he went on the garbage MTV awards show to praise the Women's March & BLM.

Something tells me he wouldn't have a problem with the new packaging or the thought behind it.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

Feminist is for women's right, misogyny will do everything they can to destroy what's women's even going as far as talking about feminism in an article that's totally unrelated. Just like your bs sprouting vicious shit that only you can swallow.

You are just another misogyny men with a broken ego sprouting your bs hoping to gain audience when you can't find enough in your own MGtow groups. Try insane asylum next time.

SoDamnMad's picture

Go long store front, plate glass.

Vageling's picture

LOL! So this shitstorm reached Murica now. First some muzzel that rejects selling alcohol, now they photofuck crosses away. Lidl... Germany... Says it all. Greeks were not pleased btw. 

oncemore's picture

Jewish owners

Hey ZH, no single word about disastrous defeat of ISIS at Deir Ezor.


This syrian victory definitly broke isis. And it is not worth a comment?

Defeat of Neocon Cia Israel jihadists and you do not mention it????????

Overdrawn's picture

Apeasement never ends well, making concessions is perceived as weakness and is always taken advantage of.  

Vageling's picture

The paradox of tolorance was never well understood by Europeans. But they're hell bent on their own destruction anyway. Da joos ya know. Other commiting genocide is all ok, but tha joos, eh?

WallHoo's picture

Typical...Btw fuck  the EU.

Grumbleduke's picture

as a pastafarian I'm not offended of pictures of uncooked spaghetti...

Fuckin' dhimmitude, combined with greedy CEOs - bye bye western culture. I was nice while it lasted.

YHWH is greater's picture

Any lidl store torched down yet ?

LA_Goldbug's picture

EU is FK-up as is German PC

iconic's picture

Given the total sum of everything, despite its own pathetic quirks, as far as religions go, the Christian one is far and away the best, especially when you strip away the religious facade and zoom in on the man the religion was built around. Whoever or whatever Jesus was, upon examination of the text of his words and deeds, he lays claim to the one person who most famously drove home the point that there is an Absolute Truth, that somethings are just absolutely right, and others completely wrong. He is known above all to have reaffirmed the idea that we are all equally created, emanating from the same Source, and all equally valid, whatever the sex, ancestry or national origin.


He may not have been the first, nor was he the last to propound these timeless truths, but given his overwhelming notoriety, it is very likely these ideals never would be so prominently affixed to our liberal, civil, western society.


The jew, on the other hand, despises Jesus for forcing these essential notions of truth, justice, fair play, right vs wrong,and equality. Why? Because the jew pretends they are above and superior to all, and taking every destructive measure to attempt to establish their 'superiority '.

The jew finds the teaching of Jesus about Absolute Good abhorrent, because the jew cannot get what it wants it there is an Absolute standard of Good by which everything is measured, and if not in compliance therewith, the initiative must be disavowed. The jew cult does not take kindly to impediments to attaining their objectives.

Jesus was consistently on target and flat out right in just about everything. If he was only a fictional character (unlikely) the author that penned the tale was one clever and clearheaded person. It goes without saying that the Christian religion doesn't do it's central protagonist justice. Nonetheless, Christianity has this man at its center, and because of it, when it comes to religions, objectively shines far brighter than all the rest.

Given the above facts, these petty, and growing attacks on Christianity are only growing evidence of an age of anti-enlightenment.

And given the prominence of the jew, the cancer from the east, it should come as no surprise.

Ital Scratch's picture

He was wrong on one thing tho..."give caesar what belongs to caesar".

More appropriately would be "give caesar middle finger and spit in his face, cause no man should be/rule above another". Altho my example could be what he ment as "what belongs to caesar"; it's up to each one of us...

Suleyman's picture

Nothing belongs to ceasar, so he was right in that too.

Ace006's picture

** Companies offending large groups of customers while actively trying to do the opposite **

That's rich. More like, "Companies offending large groups of customers while actively groveling before Muslims."

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Was it absurd that PEOPLE were airbrushed out of existence in the old Soviet Union?

FarCanal's picture

I have shopped at Lidl for years, never again,if they reverse the policy or not,matters not,finished.I will buy British at Morrisons.

quadraspleen's picture

I declare war on all religions. No exceptions. Nobody has the copyright on woowoo faith-based belief. It's all bullshit.

A pox on all of their fake, charlatan, houses

messystateofaffairs's picture

Don't forget to declare war on God too. Good luck.

quadraspleen's picture

"god" has nthing to do with organised religion. You took the bait too...organised religions are about power and control. Same old.


Fireman's picture

Angeeeeeeeeeelaaaaaaaaa Akhbaaaaaar

So what? Germans have been airbrushing themselves out of existence under their beloved burden of jewish hollow cost guilt for decades.. so now after the Wall St chosenite banksters and Dusche Bank gutting Greece for the last 5 years why freak out about a few crosses? Simply boycott the scum at Lidl and that viral Aldi clone also. Put your money where your morals are and fukk the Amazon viper too!



Meanwhile the daily dose of rape pillage and plunder inside Merkill's caliphate Germanistan with hourly updates!