Last weekend, I was speaking with a neighbor and the subject of bumper stickers came up
She has a sticker that states,“Coexist” on it, with the letters shaped in the form of symbols from a number of the world’s religions.
My neighbor, who is a teacher, said she was at work when a coworker became very upset with her because of that bumper sticker.
The coworker, another woman, became quite upset and vocal about the message the sticker sent, and said she was a “Christian” and could not accept any challenges to her “true” belief, my neighbor said.
The coworker also said that only her Christian beliefs, which my neighbor said were Protestant of some sort, were the sole true beliefs and that she considered the bumper sticker an affront against them.
OK, as a Unitarian Universalist, I cannot wrap my mind around the coworkers thought processes on this subject.
But I was not alone, My neighbor said she was completely baffled by the outburst, and my neighbor is not Unitarian.
I could probably understand the coworker saying she didn’t agree with the bumper sticker based on her beliefs. But this woman became quite adamant and very emotional about it.
Surely not all Christians harbor such beliefs.
My own thoughts were this woman simply has gone off the deep end. What I would like to ask her is whether her faith is so fragile that she cannot weather any non-conforming views?
I was just wondering how others her might respond to the coworker.