I don’t want to Coexist!

I saw someone on Twitter advocate the bumper sticker to the left and while I will admit it’s a cool design, as I tweeted back to him, “Cute bumper sticker, bad message”.

I don’t want to co-exist with religion, any more than I want to co-exist with murderers or child molesters.  All of these are anti-social behaviors and generally unacceptable ideas.

Well, except to people who engage in them.  If you ask someone involved with NAMBLA if sex with young boys is a bad idea, they’ll say no, of course not, and give you tons of stories about how wonderful it is.  Oh sure, they’ll say, there are some bad eggs, the same position of many Catholics regarding priest sex abuse, but in general, it’s a good thing that people ought to support, if we just ignore the few problem priests.

I just don’t buy it.  I don’t think we ought to encourage irrational beliefs no matter what they are or how popular they may be.  I don’t think we ought to praise people who believe ridiculous things, nor should we refrain from telling them believe ridiculous things when we come across them.  This goes down the line, we shouldn’t want to coexist with white racists or black racists, male sexists or female sexists, etc.  These are all absurd positions and ought to be soundly rejected by all rational people for what they are.  Ridiculous religions are ridiculous religions no matter what “good” might be found in them.  Extract the good, reject the religion.  Racism is bad no matter the skin color of the person who holds it.  Sexism is bad no matter the genitalia of the person who holds it.  Why should we seek to coexist with any of them?

Of course, this new design is a lot different than the ones you usually see when you’re out driving around, the wholly-religious version that demands religious tolerance even when the religion is intolerable.  Perhaps this version wants people not to coexist with religions, but with alien species?  Can our planet coexist with other planets?  Can the Milky Way galaxy coexist with the billions of other galaxies in the universe.  Hey, for all I know, it’s a call to to believe in and accept our reptilian alien overlords, more popularly known as the Raelian movement.  Who knows, I’ve seen stranger things on the Internet.

And you know something?  I oppose coexisting with that too!

Update:  As I was looking around today, I found the perfect explanation for why coexistence is a pointless gesture and I’d like to share it with you.  Great job for whoever came up with this.

22 thoughts on “I don’t want to Coexist!

  1. Ahh vjack. That's what I was thinking as well. "Coexist"? I think not. Propagating myths as reality judas never worked for me. Most, if not all of the ills on this planet are due to "religion"

  2. The COEXIST movement by some is nothing more than people of faiths circling the wagons.By claiming all faiths are just different paths to the same god they are muddying the water with new age philosophy.This is just another step in the evolution of faith destined to fail. For in the end they are willing to kill each other over ancient myths,silly dogma,and religious hatred contained within they're holy texts.

  3. I think you're totally missing the point.

    The "COEXIST" movement to me, does not mean that we should tolerate anything extreme, dangerous, or immoral.

    There's a line from Ben Harper song that pretty much sums it up: "If you're causing no harm, then you're alright with me…"

    How could you not want want everyone to actually get along and live in harmony?

    How could you not want a peaceful society?

    "COEXIST" does NOT mean embrace the evils of all religions or beliefs…

    It's… "Hey… let's all stay on the same page here and work together."

    If you're against that, then everything you wrote is… irrelevent!

    As for the 'summing up' on the bottom… you need to a little more research before giving that one the thumbs up!

  4. I think it is wrong to put other people down just because of their belief system, it is quite possible that their Gods do exist. How do we know if they are real or not? We don't. I guess some people can just say there are no gods, nothing. But how do you know? Personally I don't think there is anything wrong with believing in something. If you are uncomfortable being with or around people that believe in a god, then just don't hang out with them. You go your way and they go theirs. I am not saying that being atheist is wrong, because it isn't. It's just that you should be nicer about how you voice things, you can't just walk up to someone and say "Hey, you know the God that you have been believing in all your life? He's not real". I think it is good to be able to except people's religions and be OK with it, you just tell your self "I don't believe in their God but it's OK that they do believe, because it is.
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