Being a huge Star Trek fan, I’m not sure how I missed this. But apparently a religious right preacher is very upset that the new Star Trek movie, “Star Trek Into Darkness” promotes bestiality. How? Because it shows Captain Kirk having sex with alien women.
Right-wing preacher Kevin Swanson discussed his concerns on a radio show last month. The scene he’s particularly worried about is this one, in which Kirk wakes up in bed with two women who are of an alien species:
Let’s just let the preacher explain his concerns about Star Trek for himself:
Swanson: Do I really want to take my kids to watch a movie that implicates the good guy in the film as mating with the wrong species- but not just one, but two.
Beuhner: Well you know I could understand that Christians would get upset if it was a male of a different species. No actually, I’m not sure that the bestiality and the homosexuality are really all that different.
Swanson: So uh Dave I said to myself we’re not gonna go see that movie. So, you know, you gotta draw the line somewhere don’t ya? I mean, ay yay yay. And how many Christians asked that question? I actually did a survey, I mean I went on to Google and kind of googled, you know, Christian sites, I mean I try not to put the wrong kind of wording into the Google search, cause if you do that, you can be in a heap of trouble. So I did a little search, turns out there was a Catholic site, had a little forum discussion on the issue. And nobody brought up Leviticus 18 Dave, and of course the whole premise of this is that within an evolutionary construct there is no real problem with speciation and cross-species mating, there’s no problem with that at all, in fact that’s how you evolve, that’s how you get evolution, and so the end result of course is that evolution has no basic problem with bestiality or cross-species mating. Okay? Now some of you are saying that I can’t believe these guys are saying this on this radio program. I can’t believe I’m saying this either. They are going places where no man has gone before. Or should.
It’s interesting that the preacher focused on Kirk having sex with this particular alien, as she looks rather human, when you have Kirk in bed with this alien in the first (new) Star Trek movie:
In alien-racist terms, isn’t a green one worse than a human-colored one?
And let’s not even get started on all the hot alien sex that the original Captain Kirk had on the original Star Trek:
As for that last lady, I’m not a big fan of Star Trek promoting human-troll sex either:
And then there’s this one that wasn’t inter-species, but I wonder how the fundies felt about it at the time (let alone now):
This kiss was forced upon them by evil alien mind control as well – it was a cute way to get around the public’s concern about inter-racial relationships, yet still make a point. Actress Nichelle Nichols played Uhura, the black communications officer kissing Kirk in the photo above. If you’ve never heard her story of talking to Martin Luther King about her role on Star Trek, you should read on. It’s great. From NPR:
Ms. NICHOLS: I went in to tell Gene Roddenberry that I was leaving after the first season, and he was very upset about it. And he said, take the weekend and think about what I am trying to achieve here in this show. You’re an integral part and very important to it. And so I said, yes, I would. And that – on Saturday night, I went to an NAACP fundraiser, I believe it was, in Beverly Hills. And one of the promoters came over to me and said, Ms. Nichols, there’s someone who would like to meet you. He says he is your greatest fan.
And I’m thinking a Trekker, you know. And I turn, and before I could get up, I looked across the way and there was the face of Dr. Martin Luther King smiling at me and walking toward me. And he started laughing. By the time he reached me, he said, yes, Ms. Nichols, I am your greatest fan. I am that Trekkie.
(Soundbite of laughter)
Ms. NICHOLS: And I was speechless. He complimented me on the manner in which I’d created the character. I thanked him, and I think I said something like, Dr. King, I wish I could be out there marching with you. He said, no, no, no. No, you don’t understand. We don’t need you on the – to march. You are marching. You are reflecting what we are fighting for. So, I said to him, thank you so much. And I’m going to miss my co-stars.
And his face got very, very serious. And he said, what are you talking about? And I said, well, I told Gene just yesterday that I’m going to leave the show after the first year because I’ve been offered – and he stopped me and said: You cannot do that. And I was stunned. He said, don’t you understand what this man has achieved? For the first time, we are being seen the world over as we should be seen. He says, do you understand that this is the only show that my wife Coretta and I will allow our little children to stay up and watch. I was speechless.
I get chills reading that story.