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Co-exist bumpersticker - and its meaning

You've seen this bumpersticker in Bluffton. Here's what it means:

The designer, Piotr Mlodozeniec's basic coexistence design is uncomplicated and easy to understand. The design uses three symbols that stand for Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Mlodozeniec modified the word "coexist" in the following ways:

  • for the letter "c," a crescent moon representing Islam is substituted
  • for the letter "x," the Star of David representing Judaism is substituted
  • for the letter "t," a cross representing Christianity is substituted

Today, there are several different versions of the coexist design. Starting with Mlodozeniec's conception, the newer designs add additional symbols:

  • for the letter "o," the peace symbol or pagan/Wiccan pentacle is substituted
  • for the letter "e," a male/female symbol or a scientific equation is substituted
  • for the letter "i," a pagan/Wiccan symbol is substituted
  • for the letter "s," a Chinese yin-yang symbol is substituted
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