Have you ever seen a car with this bumper sticker on it? It has several religious symbols on there. There are several variations of this sticker, most now copyrighted and owned by Coexist LLC. Kind of interesting.
After I thought about it I thought, "Hey, coexist just means getting along, right? No problems."
Here is what Dictionary.com defines "coexist" as:
co·ex·ist –verb (used without object)
1. to exist together or at the same time.
2. to exist separately or independently but peaceably, often while remaining rivals or adversaries: Although their ideologies differ greatly, the two great powers must coexist.
Hey, that sounds reasonable! Sure, I can get along with Pagans, no problem. I can agree with the Peace symbol. The 'e' with the male and female symbol means, according to the designer, that it's coexistence between man and women. I can agree with that also.
However, I've read around about what others feel this (and similar designs) mean and I have to say, I'm frustrated. Annoyed even. A majority of people talk about "Yeah, this will shut those Christians up" and so on. So this sticker really isn't about religions playing nice, discussing differences and so on. It's about shutting the conversation down period. Particularly - especially - Christianity. According to forums there are so many people who sport this to spite their local Christian (or at least church) populace.
It always makes me laugh. These same people will, in one breath, scream about freedom of speech and rights to say what they want, when they want. However, you say anything contrary than you're a hater. They can slander a Christian to the ends of the earth, but the second you disagree with anything they say or do you are marked. I'm not talking about anything in particular, just general.
So, do people really want to 'coexist' or are they just out to silence people? It seems to me they're trying to keep all us religious wackos in place so they don't have to worry about any moral standards and so whatever the flip they want.
|Matthew 5:11-12“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”|