So are diehard Star Wars fans like fundamentalist Christians and diehard Star Trek fans are the militant New Atheists?
I think Star Trek fans are just as religious in their zeal as Star Wars fans. Wouldn't an atheist in this metaphor be someone who dislikes all scifi until someone presents them with convincing evidence that it is good? (Deists would be those who only like TOS and/or ANH/ESB)
To my eternal shame I've frequented both "trek" and "wars" forums in the past. No longer, thank FSM.
I always thought there were far more folks who blindly follow the gospel according to George Lucas than Roddenberry.
I find "trek" fans are able to objectively look at something "trek" and say "that is good/that's not good" more measuredly than a "wars" fan is able to look at something "wars" and say "that is good/that's not good".
Of course, I was frequenting Star Wars forums when the prequel movies were in the process of being released, so the fanboy frenzy was much higher. Maybe now with a few years separation, Star Wars fans are more able to look objectively and recognize such things as terrible script, terrible acting, etc....