Why are there no Jews, Christians or Muslims in Star Trek?

Why no Jews, Christians and Muslims in Star Trek?Why are there no Jews, Christians and Muslims in “Star Trek?” They are hidden!

Star Trek’s ethnicities:

Jews = Ferengi and Vulcans
Christians = United Federation of Planets
Muslims = Klingons
Chinese Communists = Romulans

Revealing the Christian angle of the Federation, “Kirk” means “church” in Scottish:

The Kirk is an informal name for the Church of Scotland, the country’s national church.

It is claimed that the ex-policeman Gene Roddenberry was a 33rd-degree Scottish Rite Freemason. I’m told by an insider that he was not fond of Hollywood’s Jewish elite.

Nevertheless, both Shatner and Nimoy are Jewish, and Nimoy’s split-fingered Vulcan salute – as he himself stated in his biography – represents the “Priestly Blessing performed by Jewish Kohanim with both hands…”

Klingon and Saddam Hussein (Landover Baptist SPOOF site)In addition to the above comparisons have been those made between the Chinese and the BORG, not only in forum rants but also in thoughtful articles.

While the Muslim-Klingon connection cannot be substantiated easily as emanating directly from Roddenberry, the impression of it as a “stereotype” has been addressed in the book Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out by Fawzia Afzal-Khan (182):

Klingon Muslim woman

 

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  1. Chinese are a cross between Borg & Klingons/Romulans. Muslims are the Borg or just zombies, with rabies and on meth with Parkinson’s. The Ferengi are liberals who post on MSN and Yahoo and, yeah, Vulcans make decent Jews. Just my take. Hopefully, I’ve offended everyone.

    1. Oh, yeah, add Asperger’s Syndrome and Tourette’s to Muslims.

  2. I always took the Klingons to be the Soviet Union/Nazis.

    1. That’s what I thought too.

  3. Considering the fact that Gene Roddenberry was an outspoken atheist and openly critical of religion, one can probably safely dismiss any ideas of the Federation being based on Christianity.

    1. Considering that I already provided the evidence for this contention as concerns the name “Kirk,” one can probably NOT safely dismiss any ideas that the Federation is intended to be Christian to some extent.

      Many atheists and critics of religion have created parodies and/or representations of religious groups. It’s part of the world we live in, regardless of our approval.

      Have we forgotten the interesting “Star Trek” episode of “Bread and Circuses?” Rather pro-Christian for such a supposedly rabid atheist and critic of religion.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_and_Circuses_%28Star_Trek:_The_Original_Series%29

      Unfortunately, the claim in that episode that the Romans were not sun worshippers is false, but it serves the plot to emphasize that these “aliens” were “son worshippers.”

      In this episode, McCoy claims that Christianity is “a philosophy of total love and total brotherhood.”

      Regardless of his personal beliefs, Roddenberry was not ignorant and oblivious to Christianity.

      1. It surely is true of “Bread and Circuses”, but Star Trek in general is devoid of direct depictions from earth religious groups.

        And though the initial intention was to create the Vulcans and the Ferengi out of Judaism, the Vulcans are quite different from Jewish people as they suppress all emotions and embrace logic, and I would say that the Ferengi represent American patriarchal capitalism much more so than they do the Jewish religion. Let’s not forget that the Ferengi afterlife has the divine treasury as its perpetual reward, and the Vault of Eternal Destitution as a destination for the ones that were financially unsuccessful in life. In fact, the show makes fun of this alien society, which, as I said, mirrors so much the American patriarchal economical/religious system, and this TV series invites us to ponder and question our own entrenched values.

        1. Yes, I am quite aware that Star Trek avoids “direct depictions from earth religious groups,” which is why I said as much at the beginning and created this very post.

          As concerns the various groups, please read the attached citations. The Vulcans are assuredly the logical and scientific “Jews” of Star Trek, as is evidenced by the Vulcan sign – specifically taken from Jewish ritual – as well as other aspects. In the first place, Jews can be highly scientific, comprising scientists, doctors, mathematicians and so on. There have also been very logical Jewish philosophers since antiquity, and some studies have suggested that Ashkenazi Jews in specific have higher IQs than average. Secondly, the Vulcans have a very mystical side to them, which is the same as with Jews who practice Judaism.

          As this Uncyclopedia page for “Vulcan” says: “Vulcans are sort of the Jews of Starfleet.”

          The Ferengi might represent “American capitalism” but they are also noted to be caricatures of Jews. To reiterate, I’m told by someone who claims to have worked on the show that Roddenberry used to rant about Jewish greed in Hollywood. It would be rather naive to insist that no one else has noticed the comparison between “greedy Jews” and Ferengi. Again, please read the attached links. I’m doubting that Gene Roddenberry was against making money as a rule and therefore anti-capitalism.

          If you are truly interested in the Jewish themes in Star Trek, perhaps you will take a look at this book by a rabbi:

          Jewish themes in Star Trek

          There’s a discussion by the good rabbi concerning both the Vulcans and Ferengi (42):

          Some Star Trek fans even see the Ferengi as “typical Jews,” because they love money and have big noses…

          1. Acharya, I wasn’t saying nor implying that you were not “aware that Star Trek avoids “direct depictions from earth religious groups”” But the title of your post is a bit confusing since as you said it, the episode “Bread and Circuses” does mention Christianity. Furthermore, I’ll add that in that episode, Kirk responds with “Caesar…and Christ, they had them both. And the word is spreading only now.” This is why I felt it was necessary to emphasize the fact that aside from the above episode, Star Trek in general is devoid of direct depictions from earth religious groups.

            I checked your links and you’re right about Jews being great scientists and thinkers, though Vulcans still suppress their emotions, something that Jewish people do not practice. I’m also concerned with the Uncyclopedia page as it is devoid of valid citations for the Vulcans being the Jews of Starfleet. Furthermore, I don’t like their usage of the word “negro”, which has some racist connotations when describing the Vulcan Tuvok. Just a reminder, our ancient ancestors are originally from Africa and had a dark skin.

      2. I never said he was “ignorant and oblivious to Christianity”, and certainly never said he was in any way “rabid”.

        But anyway, that the name Kirk means “church” doesn’t really sound like particularly good evidence for any Christian connection. Lots of names have Christian meanings, but that doesn’t mean that the appearance of a character with such a name in a fictional setting is evidence for a “Christian angle” or anything like that.

        On “Bread and Circuses”, I must admit, I’ve not actually seen the episodes of the Star Trek TV series, though I have heard a lot about the setting from stuff I’ve read and from stuff I’ve been told by people who are fans. Reading the wikipedia article on the “Bread and Circuses” episode, the premise does sound a bit silly (a culture on another world that just happens to be that similar to Earth’s Roman Empire?).
        But anyway, the fact that McCoy seems to refer to Christianity as a peaceful and loving religion doesn’t prove that Federation is based on Christianity. It just shows that a character who happens to be part of the Federation happens to be sympathetic to Christianity (though this doesn’t necessarily mean McCoy was Christian himself, just that he felt that this religion spread some good messages in its days).

        And while its true that atheistic writers can and do create things based on certain religions in their fiction, the thing about Roddenberry was that he actually did say at least a few times that his fictional Federation was supposed to be a society that had outgrown religion. Based on a number of his comments, he seems to have had viewed religion as quite a negative influence on the world. The Federation was supposed to be a future society that had risen above the narrow-mindedness and intolerance and pettiness of religion and such. It wouldn’t really have made sense for it to be based on Christianity- an ideology Roddenberry neither agreed with nor approved of.
        As for the religious references and symbolism that sometimes did show up in the series (e.g. the “Bread and Circuses” episode), keep in mind that while Roddenberry was the setting creator, other people who worked on and contributed to the setting could still wield some influence on what got in. And also that the network airing the series would likely have tried to make it not seem too unsympathetic to Christianity and other religions, so as not to alienate viewers who held such religious beliefs.

        1. I never said you said Roddenberry was ignorant and oblivious to Christianity. Yes, we know that Star Trek’s “utopian” vision was essentially secular in nature, as is the United States. However, the evidence indicates Kirk and Spock represent to the two “pillars” of American Judeo-Christian culture, a Christian and a Jew. Like it or not, these are the major aspects of the country in which Roddenberry lived and thrived – he was born into a church-going Christian family, as was I – regardless of the secular nature of the government and Constitution. Moreover, if Roddenberry was part of Freemasonry, these two ideologies would certainly be included in such a predominant manner as well, as they are within Freemasonry.

          As concerns the future, you are projecting your own vision of how it should be and what Christianity means to you, not what it may have meant to Roddenberry or his writers, who demonstrate a favorable view of Christianity, in fact:

          The rebels on Magna Roma, a nearly perfect “Parallel Earth”, seem to worship the “sun”, which is actually (God’s) “Son”. More precisely, Spock rules that “Sun worship is usually a primitive superstition religion”, whereupon Uhura corrects him: “Don’t you understand? It’s not the sun up in the sky. It’s the Son of God.” So the episode is remarkably supportive of Christianity (TOS: “Bread and Circuses”).

          Another astonishing reference from TOS is a dialogue between two researchers, of whom at least one is clearly religious, when there is a quake on Minara II. Dr. Ozaba: “In His hands are the deep places of the Earth. Psalm 95, verse 4.” Dr. Linke: “Looks like He was listening” (TOS: “The Empath”).

          Kirk says: “Scotty doesn’t believe in gods” and also “Man has no need for gods. We find the one quite sufficient”. This almost sounds like Kirk is supposed to be Christian, Jewish or Muslim (TOS: “Who Mourns for Adonais”).

          And, by the way, I have seen ALL of the original series, many times in fact, including when they first were run on network TV in the 1960s.

          I also didn’t say that the Federation was based on Christianity, which thus would be the religion of the future. It represents Christianity, apparent from the fact that Kirk means “Church.” The writers may have had something else in mind such as “Captain Cook,” but it is unlikely they were ignorant of the word’s significance, which is reflective of the Scottish Church in particular, while Roddenberry is claimed to be a member of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry.

          Bones’s endorsement of Christianity certainly is significant. Nowhere in that episode or elsewhere do the characters go off on an anti-Christian bent, a fact that indicates the writers were not anti-Christian. In reality, they seem to be promoting the supposedly “good” values some 80% of Americans perceive in Christianity. One would not try to sell a show to such a large majority that overtly attacks their beliefs, as you also recognize.

          I really don’t have time to argue over such things, which seem obvious enough to me, as, again, Roddenberry and his writers were not operating in a vacuum. They could not avoid incorporating the largely Judeo-Christian culture in which they were operating in their production. There are elements of Christianity in the show, but that fact does not mean Roddenberry was endorsing Christianity as the one, true religion any more than my being raised a Protestant and becoming born-again decades ago makes me a Christian apologist. The fact that Roddenberry does not make overt connections to religion speaks to the contrary, but it also does not mean that he omits it entirely, as he certainly could not and maintain any kind of realism.

          1. As concerns the future, I am most certainly NOT projecting my “own vision of how it should be and what Christianity means”.
            When I said Gene Roddenberry seemed to have a negative view of religion and that his fictional Federation seemed to be a society that had outgrown religion, I was basing this solely on things Roddenberry himself had said.
            Indeed, at the start of the “Religion in Star Trek” article you linked there are some Roddenberry quotes that seem to show a rather negative view of religion.

          2. I agree. My point has been that the concept of Christianity as a “brotherhood of man” is what is being portrayed here in the “Federation,” the typical notion that Christianity is the great civilizing force, as allegedly adhered to by the Founding Fathers and so on. That’s the mainstream, idealistic perspective, not what we freethinkers necessarily see or would like it to be – that’s what I meant.

            Again, if Roddenberry was a Freemason, that fact would explain what seems to be a dichotomy to us but which is really part of the American fabric. Freemasons in general eschew strict adherence to a single religion, often favor secular governance and do not focus on the bad aspects of the Abrahamic cultus that they base many of their rituals, doctrines and traditions on. They ALSO incorporate many other cultures, such as the ancient Egyptian and Greek. In that sense, their views are more secular and universal. This encompassing viewpoint is what is expressed in Star Trek, but it definitely does not exclude Christianity or Judaism.

  4. Thanks for the info with its links, I do appreciate it.

    Although even if Star Trek has these religious touches with its characters, it clearly generally promotes a secular world and the advancement of science over religion. I can name episodes like “In The Hands of The Prophets” from Deep Space Nine where a classroom educator, Mrs. O’Brien is fighting for the right to teach science in the classroom over a cleric’s, Vedek Winn, demands to teach religious values as facts.

    After admitting that indeed there are a bit of religious under tones put into various alien races and such, under tones which understandably are part of our culture, can we conclude that Star Trek is, generally speaking, a negative influence over its viewers? Sorry in advance if you didn’t mean to put this show in a bad light, but I have to say it: Star Trek is overall very positive, generally teaching us ideals worthy to achieve.

    1. Nothing I’ve said puts the show in a bad light. It’s one of my favorite shows of all time, which is why I know so much about it. I watched the original episodes when they first came out in the 1960s and have had alternating crushes on Spock and Kirk since then. Analyzing hidden meanings does not put the show in a bad light. It’s what I do with religion and mythology – it’s called “symbolism.”

  5. Well, Captain James T(or Tiberius) Kirk, and Spock are played by Wiliam Shatner and Leonard Nimoy respectively – both are Jews.

    Also, there is a Star Trek episode about Romans and Barbarians converting to a friendlier religion, and they remark something about the sun and point to the sun! I don’t remember the episode title.

  6. Considering the time that DS9 was broadcast, it’s more likely that the Ferengi were Japanese (who were known at the time as the ultimate business culture). Plus many of the physical attributes of the Ferengi are similar to the characteristics found in cartoons of the Japanese in WWII propaganda.

    1. Thanks. Could be some relationship.

      The greed and facial features of the Ferengi follow the caricatures of Jews around the turn of the 20th century, however. See my other links here for commentary on the Ferengi as Jews, including by a rabbi.

  7. Most science fiction is very lacking in imagination regarding social/political ideas. Writers are not able to get past our current social/political class system which tends to promote religion, imperialism and centralized authority. I really advanced society, like those which have probably already been visiting us for a long time (tens of thousands of confirmed observations), would not need any designations of ethnicity, would not have religions and would not need a centralized “home base” for a “federation” or any other political entity which science fiction writers are hung up on.

    1. You sound like a retarded anarchist

  8. Love the Star Trek reference in the photo. However, you really need to Photoshop a comma where it belongs. I mean, if accuracy or literacy matters to you.

    1. Thank you. Anyone who actually knows my work also knows that I am very concerned with accuracy and literacy. I am not, however, in the business of correcting other people’s images, since I don’t have time. Here I am simply commenting on an image that already was being passed around.

      If you are so concerned, you could spend your time tracking down the original and having its creator correct it.

  9. Regarding Earth religions in Star Trek, I’m also put in mind of “Far Beyond the Stars,” a ds9 episode no one seems to have brought up. I’m going to assume that someone here has seen it, so I won’t summarize it.

  10. “For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain. If people need religion, ignore them and maybe they will ignore you, and you can go on with your life. It wasn’t until I was beginning to do Star Trek that the subject of religion arose. What brought it up was that people were saying that I would have a chaplain on board the Enterprise. I replied, “No, we don’t.”

  11. Where is most ancient and oldest civilization and religion of all (Hinduism) ?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvFl6UBZLv4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7ndRwqJYDM

    1. Sunny, Hindu “most ancient and oldest civilization and religion of all”???

      ONLY if you stop there and don’t research further back into history. While very old, Hinduism was NOT the first religion or civilization.

  12. In right sense,
    Ferengis= Chinese (Traders ok silk etc)
    Vulcan= Hinduism (Ancient knowledge of science, mathematics and architecture)
    Romulan= Jews (Borrowed knowledge from Hindu vedas, upanishads and other ancient texts)
    Klingon+ Muslims (Intolerant religion)

    ..

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