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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

To Boldly Go Where No Islamist Racist Has Gone Before

Even before Picard had aired, CBS All Access’ latest pathetic attempt to compete with Netflix by monetizing the Star Trek brand, had telegraphed that it would be another social justice disaster.

Patrick Stewart had described the streaming series as "me responding to the world of Brexit and Trump". The response is a social justice tantrum that, like its STD predecessor, is a train wreck that takes the obligatory shots at President Trump, FOX News, Brexit, and our refusal to admit Islamic terrorists.

The latest ‘Woke Goes Broke’ entry though will still help finance the Roddenberry Foundation. And the Foundation, named after the original creator of the Star Trek TV series, will continue financing radicals.

The Roddenberry Foundation has already announced its 2020 class of ‘fellows’. The criteria are not scientific research or literary excellence, but shrill leftist tantrums and identity politics bigotry.

And the ‘class’ of those getting a $50,000 award includes Linda Sarsour: an Islamist bigot.

Linda Sarsour fills the coveted Roddenberry Foundation ‘anti-Semitic’ slot previously held by Charlene Carruthers, a Women’s March board member, anti-Israel BDS activist, and admirer of Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan is the leader of the racist hate group, The Nation of Islam, who has praised Hitler.

The Roddenberry Fellowship announced Sarsour’s place in its 2020 class after the outcry over her leadership of the Women’s March due to her support for Farrakhan and anti-Semitism. Around the time of the Roddenberry award, Sarsour had made yet another bigoted remark, claiming that Israel, “is built on the idea that Jews are supreme to everyone else.” Not a problem for the Roddenberry Foundation.

There is a certain irony in a foundation named after a militant atheist promoting an Islamist who defends the abuse of women in Muslim countries. But it’s the same hypocrisy that transformed a leftist movement skeptical of religion into the biggest cheerleaders for a crude and violent belief system.

Where Gene Roddenberry had once ridiculed religious people, "for most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain" and "if people need religion, ignore them", the Roddenberry Foundation now funds Islamists who believe that the Koran must rule America.

Last year’s Roddenberry Islamist was Alia Salem: the former head of CAIR’s Dallas-Forth Worth branch. CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood organization with links to Hamas, has a theocratic vision of the future.

CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad had declared, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” And, presumably, throughout the galaxy and across the universe. If given a chance.

Salem was named in 2019, the same year that Charlene Carruthers had also been named as one of the Roddenberry fellows. Carruthers had praised Farrakhan as “wise and selfless”, accused Israel of “apartheid” and praised the “righteous fight for BDS.” While Roddenberry was not Jewish, many members of the show’s cast, writing, production, and technical staff were. It is unfortunate that the Roddenberry Foundation is using the proceeds from their creative work to subsidize hatred of Jews.

While Roddenberry has long since passed away, his resentment against the role of the Jewish figures involved in Star Trek had flared up in the past. “Gene was anti-Semitic, clearly,” Leonard Nimoy, the Jewish actor who had portrayed Spock, told a journalist. "I saw examples not only of him practicing anti-Semitism, but of him being callous about other peoples' differences as well.”

But the Roddenberry Foundation’s funding of bigots has less to do with Roddenberry’s own issues than with its embrace of militant identity politics. Another irony for a foundation funded with the proceeds of a series that had once condemned racial divisions and separatism as reactionary and destructive.

Carruthers is one of a number of black nationalists funded by the Roddenberry Foundation.

That includes Alica Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, who had declared that, “whiteness has no shame.” In her twisted racist mind, “whiteness” is a mythical evil force which “attempted to de-fang the power of Black Lives Matter as a slogan and a rallying cry with All Lives Matter.”

The idea that all lives don’t matter is central to black nationalism as a supremacist ideology.

Garza had also agreed with Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments about Jews.

"My sister Ilhan correctly identified powerful forces, like AIPAC, that are shaping policy and practice not only in this country but all over the globe," Garza said. "So much so that this president began to attack our sister and call her anti-Semitic.”

This is the sort of gutter bigotry that the Roddenberry Foundation and the Star Trek brand now funds.

And yet it’s another paradox for a foundation named after a former member of the LAPD to embrace racists who hate the police. Gene Roddenberry hadn’t merely worked for the LAPD while trying to kickstart his entertainment industry career, he had based Spock on the LAPD’s Chief William Parker.

Parker, who made the LAPD what it is, has been a favorite whipping boy of contemporary noir LA movies. He’s also the man who called police, the “greatest dislocated minority in America”.

Roddenberry had written speeches for Parker during the Watts Riots and during later riots, had called in favors from old pals at the LAPD to protect his sets, and had even pondered using a phaser rifle from Star Trek to deter potential rioters. During an even later riot, he had reportedly carried an actual rifle.

If Roddenberry were around today, there’s little doubt that the people the foundation named after him funds would violently hate him. And, at some point, his name will have to come off the foundation.

That auto-cannibalism is a fundamental element of progressive politics which devours its founders.

Gene Roddenberry’s secular humanism is unfashionable in an age where progressive means embracing Islamism. His military and law enforcement background gave Star Trek a structure, but would soon be unfashionable even in his own time. His philandering feminism would set off #MeToo alarm bells today. Star Trek’s racial integration is equally outdated in an era when racial separatism is touted instead.

Today the Roddenberry Foundation funds racialist activists who want to dismantle the criminal justice system and consider police officers to be racist murderers. That is the legacy of leftist politics.

There is in the end no country, no planet, and no galaxy for dead lefties. Just their money.

The original Star Trek with its love of naval tradition and disdain for hippies, its vision of racial integration and scientific progress, is as politically unfashionable as its creator. It endures in the great intellectual property garbage bin of Hollywood, which is no longer capable of creating anything new, but obsessively recycles all the old names, Star Wars, Star Trek. Lost in Space, and attaches them to disposable rants about Trump, Brexit, and whatever political meme is ascendant this year.

And the money goes to fund leftist racists boldly going into a future where no bigot has gone before.





Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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7 comments:

Tsquared said...

This has let me know that it is not entertainment but a warped social message. I will pass.

Anonymous said...

Without your warning, Daniel, I may have watched
this, and had the impression that it was imbued
with thinking strange for an “advanced” culture.
If they practiced their taqiyya deftly, I may
have wasted more time exposing the lie.

I should have known. The nobility of Picard’s
disdain for the “Capitalist Past”, and the
depiction of the ugly capitalist Ferengi (Jews?)
were good clues.

Thanks, Charlie

Anonymous said...

Anything made after 2005 is basically leftist/izzy propaganda. Makes the spoiled meaningless amorally drifting living dead "humans" of the Western world feel like they're "alive" as characters in a video game.

"Picard" the actor is what the Brits call a luvvie -- a rich spoiled supercilious leftwing pontificating hypocritical tosspot so anything that queen touches should be avoided. I spotted another anomalous izzy-left intrusion into the movies while rewatching Mad Max Fury Road from 2015 which I only have because I liked the original 3 movies from the 80s and Fury Road has spectacular car chase effects and a good Max character (who gets to punch out a one armed feminutzi woman who attacks him -- great scene!) But the whole movie was almost ruined by a feminutzi plot line that was simply boring -- but even worse one of the feminutzi women characters was made to wear some veil-like izzy hatejabby head rag thang (while clad only in see-through slut bikini ensemble) even though the movie was set in some far dystopian post apocalypse future yet still izzy intrusion was there -- like product placement: instead of a can of Coke next to a dinosaur we get izz-rags on a space ship. Of course hordes of yoga pant shamaness middle class women ran to buy the same izz-rag to show off on facebook how "moral" and superior to Republicans they are. Why? Because having their own pet brown tribbles and fake izz head-flounce virtue signals salves the self-made boo-boos on their dead-soul fee-fees.

Even Nietzche predicted that if God is dead and the Ubermen does not arise (and the Ubs were all to be "radical artists" of course! GK Chesterton ripped Nietzche a new a-hole in his book "Orthodoxy") then the post-God Ubermensch-less world would be full of nothing but empty meaningless zombies enslaved to their vicious warlords. He was correct in his prediction. We're now living in that post-God warlord zombie world. And there is no way back because sheeple love their Soma -- Huxley was correct in the long term and Orwell was correct in the short term. The hard jackboot will easily enslave any sheeple, but it's Huxley's velvet addictions that will keep that population enslaved over time.

The (lousy) writer Swinbourne -- an early "queer" pioneer -- wrote exclusively mocking Christianity and positing himself as God as did Neitzche as did Soros. I see a pattern here. One which Dante illumined and warned us about 800 years ago! He warned in vain. Now the father of lies tends his flock of sheeple. There it is.

Nan said...

As an original Star Trek fan, I was dismayed to learn about Roddenberry's attitudes and philosophies, especially those toward Jewish people. The first season, although it "objectified" women somewhat with the costuming, and some of the plot lines, I thought of it as a commentary on the positive side of the humanity of the "future". I'm sick to death of today's TV stories tearing down the established culture and trying to replace them with stories that negate the goodness of the American culture and it's history. I always learn and enjoy your articles, Daniel.

Edward Cline said...

Daniel: Your operating order has always been for as long as I've been reading your column: "Emgage."

Anonymous said...

Thanks to my fellow commenters, Tsquared,
Anon-after-2005, Nan and Edward Cline. We all
shared the hope of magnificent adventure in the
world of the Future. How glorious to experience
the wonders of Man’s scientific, technical gains
and taking our place in the Universe!

Alas, we were naive, and were betrayed by sly
thought sabotage; preached a message of shame
and self-doubt. Co-commenters, I appreciate your
articulate thoughts.

Charlie

Anonymous said...

more ammo for disallowing foundations to live past their creators. take their money and remove the US debt. Still on the fence about educational foundations, like Harvard's billions.

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