Thursday, November 18, 2010

About That "Coexist" Bumpersticker

Click on the image to enlarge. MC can't improve on it.

Hat tip: Kevin Eder. Follow him on Twitter @Keder

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Historically, much of Christianity's converts were made by the sword (see Sweden and St. Olaf). But then again, these were WHITE PEOPLE acting on WHITE PEOPLE. No harm, no foul

Malzacher/Gilmore said...

We thank the reader for his or her comment but the claim Christianity was spread by the sword is demonstrably false. MC knows of no serious historian who would advance such an argument.

MC admits all religions have had a share of violence: how could we in good faith not?

This does not allow equivalency amongst religions, which seems to be the reader's point. It is not Christianity that demands to be referred to as the "religion of peace."

We remained mystified about the white people comment. Like Stephen Colbert, MC doesn't see color.

Anonymous said...

right...the crusades were just a bunch of nerf darts.

John Hugh Gilmore said...

The crusades attempted to regain land forcibly taken by the Muslims. They were not per se an attempt to spread Christianity. You strike us as a person educated by an abject school system, which is to say, uneducated. Thanks for playing.

George said...

The collective "we" and snippy bullying comments? We're dealing with royalty here? I guess that's why you feel privileged to write your own version of history excluding the crusade campaigns against pagan Slavs and Balts, amongst others who never occupied "Christian Holy Land" as well as various political enemies of whichever Pope happened to occupy the throne.

Rather, you cherry pick your own set of facts and portray them as the singular truth, like a former President who invaded a country off completely false and misleading data which conveniently told the narrative he wanted to pursue anyway.

And your co-exist post just shows how xenophobic and racist you are, assuming every Mulism is filled with murderous hate - ignoring the fact that not every Christian is filled with Timothy Mcveigh and the Olympic Bomber held in their hearts.

It is the intolerance of people like you who portray America in a bad light in countries around the world.

Anonymous said...

Well put, George. Let's not forget the history of our own country, and how Christians imposed their brand of religion on the native peoples here. Fear of native religion by Christians led to the Wounded Knee Massacre. Native children were taken forcibly to parochial schools and beaten for speaking their own language. So, maybe then Christianity was not spread by the sword, but by rifles, small cannon fire, and the back of a good Christian hand.

I wonder why the author of the Co-exist image shown above assumes that the original sticker is "directed against" Christianity. I always thought it was directed at everyone. I was raised as a Christian, and I have never thought of this sticker being "against" anyone - that's the point. It's a symbolic reminder of the diversity of people in our world.
It's just so much easier to be sarcastic and closed-minded, isn't it? By maintaining a condescending tone and hateful attitude, you can just relax and not have to worry about learning anything new about the world around you. Your superior education has not saved you from ignorance. Enjoy your bliss.

John Hugh Gilmore said...

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Anonymous said...

I'm just wondering what you drive that it can support such a huge bumper sticker. I also wonder what sort of traffic hazard you present as other people maneuver for the 5 minutes or so it takes to read and decode it.

It takes even longer to try to see what wisdom is seen in it. That Christianity poses no threat to other religions (other than the possibility of being a "better choice" in the competition for a faith choice), isn't the main message that radical Islam is the far greater danger in the world? Even the Crusades illustrated that, and Islam hasn't changed much, except in virulence, since that time.

J. Ewing

John Hugh Gilmore said...

The bumper sticker has only the word coexist faciley made out of religious symbols. The graphic above is expanded to make its point which, indeed, is the threat from a certain kind of Islam. MC drives normal cars and that does not include a Prius or Volt.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the clarification. I just saw a huge banner at SCSU today, with the same word but only the three symbols. Somebody has embellished and, in so doing, muddied the water IMHO. Must be a new fad.

J. Ewing

Anonymous said...

The question mark is after the sixth word ...