Saturday, April 20, 2013

Coexist Bumper Sticker and the Carjacked Car

Since its introduction, the sanctimonious "Coexist" bumper sticker has been like nails against a chalkboard to me.  The implied message that I pick up is one of, "Hey, I have my stuff together.  The rest of you need to figure out to live with each other."  It is preachy, feel-good, and as it turns out, woefully ignorant.

Because, you see, in a grandiose stroke of irony, the vehicle the Boston bombers carjacked had one of those moralistic "Coexist" bumper stickers:

Coexist, indeed.  Good luck with all that.

Mark Steyn recently wrote on the subject, and nailed it (emphasis is mine):

I wonder, when the "CO-EXIST" car is returned to its owner, whether he or she will keep the bumper sticker in place. One would not expect him to conclude, as the gays of Amsterdam and the Jews of Toulouse and the Christians of Egypt have bleakly done, that if it weren't for that Islamic crescent you wouldn't need a bumper sticker at all. But he may perhaps have learned that life is all a bit more complicated than the smiley-face banalities of the multiculturalists.

The carjack victim walked away with their life, which, given the violence of the perpetrators, was a stroke of incredible fortune. They'll also get their car back after the authorities have had their way with it.

Whether that life and that car continue to espouse fanciful, feel-good sanctimony any more is yet to be determined.

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