I received the below e-mail through the IAmAnAtheist.com feedback form. I’m not sure if it’s something that was copied and pasted or if it was sent to me only (I tried Googling it with no results). I’ve made a couple of minor edits to remove duplications in quoted text.
Gene Roddenberry banned from Star Trek for Anti-Religious views.
I have a fight on my hands. A year ago Star Trek Online went live and I joined. Since then it, I have been attacked by the faithfull for jokingly comparing Gene Roddenberry to a cult figure, whereupon I was publicly humiliated for trying to degrage Religion at all. I protested and insisted Christians were a cult. Next thing I knew there was a photo posted of a faked email of me degrading the moderators. When I protested this, a very badly made video of the faked email was posted to youtube and the forum. I REALLY protested this and had the thread removed. I then deleted ALL my posts to the board in protest and left just one, this one…
“I have always been reasonably leery of religion because there are so many edicts in religion, ‘thou shalt not,’ or ‘thou shalt.’ I wanted my world of the future to be clear of that.”
–From personal conversations with Gene in 1990 at La Costa
[1921-1991] Creator of Star Trek
“I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will–and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.”
“We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.”
I was instantly banned for quoting Gene Roddenberry within a Star Trek Forum. Here is the ban notice…
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You have been banned for the following reason:
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Date the ban will be lifted: 01-14-2011, 03:00 PM
So, Star Trek is so controlled by those of faith that even Gene Roddenberry is not allowed to be heard within its walls.If we allow Star Trek to be consumed by the faithfull then we have lost a major battle in the war against faith. I suggest that as many Athiests as possible join Star Trek Online and put up a united front against the faithfull to save Gene Roddenberry’s dream from being turned into a nightmare by the christians. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, forward this email to all Athiests you know so that we can gather within Star Trek Online and fight the Christian Mennace!!! I am personaly disabled with Tourettes and can not lead this type of fight myself.