I ask for this reason: Roddenberry deliberately created STAR TREK to depict a future where Russians, Americans, blacks, whites and even our former enemies the Japanese could all work together as equals, as respected colleagues. It was a bit of a morality play, not at all dissimilar to the way Serling used science fiction allegory on TTZ to address larger social issues that would have been difficult to talk about on network TV otherwise
Roddenberry wanted to show that in the future, we've moved past all the petty hatreds of the present. Humanity is post war, post poverty, post race and post nation state.
Now, I never really watched that much STTOS. I've only ever really gotten into STTNG and STDS9 in depth, but from what I understand: in the future, religion doesn't exist anymore -- at least on earth. People no longer care about the dogmas of the past.
I wonder, in this age of dispiriting racist rhetoric towards Muslim Americans (and muslims in general), would it be a good idea for JJ Abrams to use his STAR TREK sandbox as a soap box of sorts to foist a Muslim hero on America?
I think it's exactly what Roddenberry would have done.
Is it more important to merely "reboot" existing characters in slavish tribute to a cult TV show, or to build on that foundation in a way that makes STAR TREK not only relevant again but culturally important?
When the actress who played Uhura was considering quitting the show, MLK called her up and told her to reconsider: it was critical for America to see here there on the ship working alongside white men
I wonder, if the director of PARK 51 could be reached for comment on the matter, would he perhaps endorse a Muslim recruitment drive for Starfleet?
Now, I know most people on CHUD are pretty enlightened. However, I can forsee alot of fanboy angst if Abrams were to force the existing crew to share the spotlight with a new cast member. They could well feel that one of their favorites was getting sidelined in order to give a (gasp!) new character screen time
What say you?
PS I'm aware of Dr Bashir but that was a long time ago and quite frankly I didn't even realize Alexander Siddig was Sundanese till a few years back