The Problem with the Coexist Bumper Sticker

You may have seen them on cars or t-shirts, the coexist message has become fairly popular with liberal Christians and other liberal religious people. On the surface, it sounds like a pretty cool movement, but I do have a few issues with it.

Have you seen this Bumper Sticker:

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Comment by Hannah D. on May 2, 2010 at 6:26pm
I also have a problem with this bumper sticker. It encourages people to be tolerant and/or respectful of religious organizations in a way that is detrimental to those who would stand for science.

The only really positive argument I have heard from an atheist on this subject was at a parenting seminar that I went to in April. Dale Mcgowan was giving a presentation on parenting, and mentioned that family members who openly displayed this sort of message were often more approachable when wishing to discuss atheist topics and/or when outing oneself as an atheist to the family.

I do not know how true this is as I have never attempted to discuss my godlessness with a family member based on whether or not she or he had a COEXIST bumper sticker, but I suppose it could be helpful.
Comment by Rusty Gunn. on April 30, 2010 at 6:18pm
The biggest problem with it is that the Islamic jihadits are not interested in coexisting with ANYBODY. Everybody except them are infidels and at some point much be exterminated.

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