Actor George Takei, who is best known… make that only known, as having played “Mr. Sulu” on Star Trek, came out of the closet not long ago and described his lifelong quest to explore strange new worlds and challenge the Star Federation’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

If you are subjected to the term “Captain’s log” enough times, something like that was bound to happen.

Anyway, in Minneapolis last week, Takei, who was in town for a gay pride event of some sort, joined in a protest with a group called the “Soulforce Equality Riders”.

Set phasers for fabulous!

I’d never heard of the Soulforce Equality Riders before, so I decided to check it out a bit and see what Lt. Sulu had gotten himself into. As it turns out, I should have just headed for the Romulan Neutral Zone and awaited further instructions from Starfleet Command.

What are the “Soulforce Equality Riders” all about? Here’s something from their website:

The Soulforce Equality Ride will take thirty-two young adults on a seven-week bus tour from New York to Los Angeles to confront nineteen religious schools and military academies that ban the enrollment of GLBT students. Their journey is unique – never before have young activists banded together to challenge homophobia at the institutions that are largely responsible for GLBT discrimination.

By the way, “GLBT” stands for “Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgender”… either that or it’s some sort of deli sandwich.

This group is also petitioning to have James Dobson’s “Focus on the Familyinvestigated by the IRS:

On November 28, 2005, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. Soulforce has launched a national drive to support this complaint. By signing the petition addressed to the IRS, you will join thousands of Americans who are concerned about James Dobson’s growing political influence in Washington, D.C. and across the nation.

–Signed, a group seeking to grow political influence in Washington, D.C. and across the nation.

Growing political influence? Clearly grounds for an IRS audit.

A Christian college can’t turn away applicants who are pretty much living a life in contradiction to the biblical teachings they impart in their school, but gays can try to turn away a Christian’s influence in society because he’s successful at it?

Because I don’t want to be such a pessimist, if the SER is successful in infiltrating Christian colleges, I can offer drama instructors at these schools a bit of optimism: somebody’s about to get more funding for theaterrrr!

“He’s gay, Jim.”


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