I’m giving up weet-bix. For many years I have been eating it for breakfast, safe in the knowledge that my dollars were going towards an Australian made, Australian owned product. You see, I’m one of those annoying shoppers who go through every different brand of cereal looking for the tiny labels declaring that my money will support local industry. What the labels don’t say, is that Sanitarium, the company that make weet-bix, is wholly owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In my time I have probably eaten thousands of ‘bix from hundreds of boxes. Horribly, all of the money I’ve spent on them has gone towards a theistic company – a church. And because it’s a church, they don’t even have to pay tax on their profits! What a scam! If I ever start up a business, I’ll be sure to apply for a tax exemption under the banner of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
So no more weet-bix for me. I’ve also decided to keep a list of theist owned or affiliated companies, so that I can avoid giving them money. Here’s what I have so far:
- Sanitarium Health Foods – the Seventh-day Adventist Church
- Dick Smith Foods – affiliated with Sanitarium
- Gloria Jean’s Coffee – Hillsong Church
- Auntie Anne’s (pretzels) – Christianity
If you can think of any to add to the list, post a comment below and I’ll update it. Be sure to include both the company name and the theistic organisation. Hopefully this way we can ensure the separation of church and my money.