Hey, I loved Star Trek growing up and I think my whole generation did. But be forewarned. I am going to help you find the tears. But until I thought of Star Trek and Dr. McCoy, I could not find the tears either.
The themes of Star Trek are great. The inclusiveness, the friendship, the camaraderie, no one was expendable, we were all members of the crew, no matter race, faith, colour or sexual orientation, we were all working together for the common good; for the mission.
I remember when my boys were about 10 and we were playing in the yard and I would say something from Star Trek like "Beam me up Scotty." I was surprised when they looked at me with a blank stare. I immediately went out and got some VHS Star Trek videos to include in their "cultural education."
Here is a link to the Wired Magazine online article "Star Trek's History of Progressive Values -- And Why It Faltered on LGBT Crew Members."
The author requests that future Star Trek story lines include LGBT crew members, and I have no problem with that. But, I would also like to request that some of the future crew members be evangelical Christians (But these of course would be Martin Luther King Jr., type Christians, Graham, John Paul II, Spurgeon, Wesley, Wilberforce, and other great heroes of the Christian faith, type Christians.)
And my request is that all the crew members would be treated respectfully and inclusively, like is usual for Star Trek.
The distinction of the Christians would be their view that people "and Vulcans and Klingons etc." are marked by language and consciousness, as spiritual beings, by a God who is "out there" and God is marked by His scriptures. All subsumed without coercion and with cordiallity by the mission.
These new characters could always provide some interesting dialogue, but always with cordiality and respect, because that was always the Star Trek way. And of course, the same should go for our public schools and workplaces as well.
An example of possible dialogue, "Why bother reading 'the scriptures' if God seldom intervenes?" And the Christians could quip back "Star Fleet Command has, for the most part, a nonintervention policy too, and we still read their rules and regulations don't we?"
What was always so great about Star Trek, was the optimism that Earth solved its problems. Morality? It was hardly an issue. It was assumed that Star Fleet Command had subsumed the Christian ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. and that he was a hero, not just to the Christians, but to the character of Captain Kirk as well. (The Wired article linked to above, has a wonderful account of how Nichelle Nichols, who played communications officer Uhura, was encouraged by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in person, at some reception, to stay on the cast of Star Trek, because she was such a great role model.)
Hey, one last thing, and here is where my hero Dr. McCoy, helps me find the tears, and this is really important. (For those who did not see the early Star Trek shows, Dr. McCoy would usually spend at least part of the show complaining how archaic medicine used to be, and then he would work so very hard, to save a life.)
I know you Star Trek prochoicers never signed up for Gosnell's late term abortions. You never signed up for this. And my Dr. McCoy and your Dr. McCoy, would never, ever, do, what Gosnell did.
But you prochoicers are the majority. And our government can't or won't listen to us Christians and still get elected. And so you prochoicers, have to do the right thing, you have to speak out, to be the voice that is heard, to do the Dr. McCoy thing, and passionately end the outrage.Suggest a correction