Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What's up with all these "co-exist" bumper stickers?"

While helping my daughter, Sarah, in her recent move from Paducah, KY to Somersworth, New Hampshire,
I kept noticing one bumper sticker which appeared more and more frequently, the closer I got to liberal and enlightened New England. Of course, I'm speaking about the "Coexist" bumper sticker which can be seen on the back window or bumper of Toyota Prius' with the occupants inside singing "Cum-bay-a" and "We are the World."

I'd like to see these drivers sport their "Coexist" bumper stickers in places like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, or Northern Nigeria or Somalia. It's really easy to be tolerant when you're driving your Prius in Stamford, CT. and don't have radical Muslims threatening to behead you.

In case you haven't seen the "Coexist" bumper sticker, here's what it says and means:

  • C = The crescent moon representing Islam. 
  • O = Buddhism
  • E =  Science-the scientific equation
  • X = The star of David, representing Judaism. 
  • I =  Paganism: Wiccan
  • S = The Chinese yin-yang symbol.
  • T = The cross representing Christianity
On the surface, it seems like a reasonable sentiment: "Can't we all put aside our religious differences and get along?"

These same individuals would find it difficult to co-exist with former President George Bush, or Rush Limbaugh, or the Tea Party. It's easy to call for tolerance for a religion, it's another thing to be tolerant and loving toward the next Tea Party conservative you run into, or find yourself in a car with someone listening to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. How's that co-existence working out, then?

The liberal mind thinks this bumper sticker is really nice and shows great tolerance and enlightenment. However, I'm sure that if they really gave it some serious thought, they'd realize that these religions DON'T worship the same god, DON'T believe in the same the same things and DON'T teach the same values. There is an incredible gulf between each of these religious beliefs. Islam is a religion that doesn't believe in coexistence with anyone. If you are not a Muslim, you are considered an infidel. There is no in-between. 

For the Christian and the Jew, there is no other god but Jehovah. The reason Jews have never assimilated
throughout the centuries due to their stubborn adherence to Yahweh as the one true God. And, Christians, who also believe in Yahweh as Almighty God, also believe that He has revealed Himself to mankind through his son, Jesus, the Messiah who said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father (God) except by me." (John 14:6), You can't  be a follower of Jesus Christ and believe that many roads lead to God and that all religions are equally valid. 

So when you think about it, these drivers with the "coexist" bumper stickers are either naive, ignorant or delusional. They can sing "cum-bay-a" and listen to NPR during their rush-hour drive, but they are no more enlightened or tolerant than the Muslim radical who's sitting in a cave in Yemen. 

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