Star Trek Into Darkness promoted bestiality, according to comments from Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson on his Generations Radio program. Swanson, a pastor with the Reformation Church, and co-host Dave Beuhner tackled the topic on a recent broadcast that also took aim at the transgender cartoon SheZow.
(More on that in a bit.)
It was the scene in Star Trek Into Darkness involving Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) in bed with two female members of an alien species that really got the broadcast team boiling.
“Do I really want to take my kids to watch a movie that implicates the good guy in the film as mating with the wrong species — but not just one, but two?” Swanson said.
Beuhner then brought the term “bestiality” into the conversation, adding, “Well you know I could understand that Christians would get upset if it was a male of a different species. No actually, I’m not sure that the bestiality and the homosexuality are really all that different.”
That spurred Swanson to take off: “So uh Dave (Beuhner) I said to myself, ‘We’re not gonna go see that movie.’ So, you know, you gotta draw the line somewhere, don’t you? I mean, ay yay yay. And how many Christians asked that question?”
Swanson said he’d conducted “a survey” where he went to Google and hit a number of “Christian sites” seeking feedback and finding a Catholic site, where he “had a little forum discussion on the issue.”
“And nobody brought up Leviticus 18, Dave, and of course the whole premise of this is that within an evolutionary construct there is no real problem with speciation and cross-species mating. There’s no problem with that at all. In fact, that’s how you evolve, that’s how you get evolution, and so the end result, of course, is that evolution has no basic problem with bestiality or cross-species mating. Okay?”
(Leviticus 18 — in particular, verses 22 and 23 — forbids homosexuality and “sexual relations with an animal.”)
Swanson continued: “Now some of you are saying that I can’t believe these guys are saying this on this radio program. I can’t believe I’m saying this either. They are going places where no man has gone before. Or should.”
Following the Star Trek Into Darkness “bestiality” segment, the pair took aim at SheZow, which was picked up by the Hub network.
Swanson said, “Dave, evil as it turns out as defined by scripture, is homosexuality and this transgender thing, so that would be evil. So if he (SheZow) was fighting the evil he would have to fight that. But apparently he’s probably fighting Christians and trying to be sure that they’re burned at the stake or something.”
Swanson’s comments highlight the broad chasm between many religions and alternative lifestyles. Both sides have taken a combative approach in recent months with many churches cutting long-held ties to the Boy Scouts of America after the organization lifted its gay ban earlier this year. And just last week, Seattle gay pride protesters verbally and physically assaulted a group of street preachers, who had turned up with “Repent or else” signs at the Pride Fest rally.
Do you think the pastor is on to something with his Star Trek Into Darkness interpretation, or is he taking his beliefs too seriously?