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Interpreting the “Coexist” Symbol

June 4th, 2011
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Ever wonder what the “Coexist” bumper sticker means? Here you go:

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  1. June 4th, 2011 at 16:20 | #1

    I am going to provide a link to your post on my blog.

  2. Joe
    June 4th, 2011 at 18:49 | #2


  3. Bob Katz
    June 4th, 2011 at 21:18 | #3

    I wonder, when people accuse you of bigotry, or xenophobia, or other such things, do you just react to these being strong words, or do you ever stop to consider the fact that drawing such broad generalizations about billions of people, true or untrue, deserved, or misguided, might do more to offend than educate?

    Or, is it easier just to drop the word “heresy” or “error” on anything which you don’t like?

    • June 4th, 2011 at 21:33 | #4

      Bob, I believe in speaking the truth. You, apparently, choose to engage in passive aggressive little games, but thanks for reading my blog.

  4. Steve
    June 5th, 2011 at 07:04 | #5

    This “Coexist” needs to be understood in both a “Kingdom of the Right” and “Kingdom of the Left” perspective.

    On the “Left”, we need to learn to live together. As part of the being a secular democracy, we enjoy the freedom on religion that should be applied to all people and their religions regardless of whether we agree with them or not. We want all people to enjoy this same freedom in other countries as well.

    On the “right”, we need to understand that this “coexist” is wrong. First, it is wrong because all other religions reject Christ as the Son of God and only way of salvation. Second, there are so many differences between the various religions systems that we cannot logically state that all religions are the same.

  5. Luckycat
    June 5th, 2011 at 13:48 | #6

    Bob must have one of these on his car that just… won’t… come….off.

  6. June 5th, 2011 at 15:17 | #7

    “Coexist” is essentially a cop-out. These relgions (including old forgotten ones and new ones yet to come) have coexisted on this earth for thousands of years with the same degree of success that any other human endeavor has enjoyed. To demand “coexist” as if no one has ever tried this concept is as intellectually lazy as wanting “peace” or “no war”… it is foolish to generally demand that everyone just do what sinful men cannot do: live in peace with each other.

    Someone can go into a room and say, “Wouldn’t it be great if nation X and nation Y would just stop killing each other? Why don’t we try that?” Well of course that would be great! But most of the time, it’s just not that simple. People are messy. Your thinking has to take their messiness into account.

    This high horse allows people to sidestep real deep questions that actually demand things of people. Any numb-minded simpleton can as “Can’t we all just get along?” That is the easy way out. It is much harder to ask “What is really going on here?”, “What is truth?”, and “Who is right in this disagreement and to what degree are they correct?”

    …those are not th kinds of questions bumper sticker people are interested in. It’s too haaaaaard and the answers are ugly. :P

  7. Rev. Allen Bergstrazer
    June 6th, 2011 at 12:02 | #8

    Brilliant. It points out the sophistry that the Lion will lay down with the lamb of it’s own accord.

  8. Karen Keil
    June 8th, 2011 at 10:20 | #9

    Thank you for this post with the explanation of all the symbols. Three of the symbols I didn’t know (Gay Rights, Paganism, Taoism). I’ve encountered this “coexist” rendition on a bumper sticker many times while driving.

    As fo the symbol for Gay Rights, since when did it become elevated to a religion?

  9. melxiopp
    June 8th, 2011 at 14:01 | #10

    David Bentley Hart in his “Atheist Delusions”, among others, makes a pretty good case that the nation-state and other non-sectarian ideologies (National Socialism, communism) are responsible for far more bloodshed than have been religions. In fact, he argues that the 30 Years War following the Reformation was really as much or more about the rise of nation-states as about religion.

    Is there a symbol for secularism and the nation-state?

  10. June 9th, 2011 at 23:05 | #11

    Is there a symbol for secularism and the nation-state?

    I propose a picture of the National Debt Clock:


  11. Jim
    June 10th, 2011 at 18:34 | #12

    I linked to this post from my FaceBook page. Also said there: One thing missing from the discussion is that in many countries where it is dominant ‘C’ is actively killing ‘e’ and actively suppressing all the letters. Seems to me the countries with highest levels of ‘coexist’ence are places where ‘T’ and ‘*’ are the dominant religions.

  12. Karen Keil
    June 11th, 2011 at 16:14 | #13

    “C” is horrendously scary. I have read somewhere that the “C” religion in many senses is the continuance of the ancient Ba’al religion. Christianity does not force itself on anyone. If people think Christianity is utterly intolerant and repressive, wait until they see “C”.

  13. John Smith
    April 6th, 2012 at 07:28 | #14

    Why do you believe a bumper sticker that promotes religious tolerance is “directed against” Christianity?

  14. Keith
    April 23rd, 2012 at 17:51 | #15

    This COEXIST mantra is dangerous bullshit and must stop. It gives tacit approval to fuzzy theological thinking. Throughout history, the prime cause of most of the worlds problems.

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