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The piece, which spells out "coexist" using religious symbols, is visible throughout the neighborhood. It's a simple yet powerful protest that serves to remind people that the first amendment and religious freedoms apply to every American citizen. In a blog post, Friedman revealed that he wanted to go with something a little more brash, but Simmons convinced him otherwise.
"Anyway, my personal idea was to just label the entire building with huge 7-foot letters spelling out M-O-S-Q-U-E (similar to how we did N-O W-A-R back before the Republikkkan convention in 2004), but unfortunately Russ, and my wife (who came up with the idea to use "CoExist,") thought it was a bit too harsh, or "punk," and feeding into the frenzy of negativity," writes Friedman.
Check out some photos of the visual protest here.