Eugh; not really a fan of this article. I can't tell if they really wanted to say anything meaningful about Star Wars (if so, what?) or if they just read the Da Vinci Code and saw the opportunity to write an entire article on a fairly shallow analogy.
Look, I understand not everyone is religious, and I don't think people need to walk on eggshells to avoid offending those who are; but this whole piece just felt like an excuse to say negative things about religion, with little connection to the theoretical subject of this website.
Not really, I'm a Christian (albeit not a very spiritual one) and I wasn't especially offended. One of the things to understand is that when your dealing with a religion where it's generally accepted by many that god no longer intervenes in any spectacular way for reasons of free will (long story), or at least not very often, it becomes a tricky situation when anyone can claim to be a prophet and/or write down their teachings and such, since god isn't exactly going to smite them with a thunderbolt. His occasional interventions that do occur however always make such things a possibility. Some of the more major Christian groups like The Catholic Church put a lot of time and effort into investigating alleged miracles and so on, especially nowadays. A lot of what had been thrown out by one group or another got there because it couldn't be proven, not that it was especially controversial or didn't fit with the rest of the religion, hence why it's "surprising" that some of these sources don't appear to be particularly radical. What's in The Bible is stuff that could more or less be verified, despite it's many contridictions which can be attributed to different records and authors being spliced together over a long period of time. Things like so-and-so disciple being able to be confirmed in a specific area at a specific time. It's to the point where the exact routes travelled by Jesus and his key followers, as well as those of certain accepted saints (for those who believe in them) have been calculated and more or less confirmed, and today a lot of the faithful even trace those routes.
This gets into things like "The Mandylion" which is a picture of Jesus that was confirmed to have been painted by someone who actually met him. The basic story being that a king sent a messenger to request Jesus do some healings, Jesus couldn't as he was busy, but sent one of his disciples to do it (and it worked). The messenger painted a picture of Jesus due to being excited by the encounter, and while not a professional even by the standards of the time the picture remained. It's the source behind the popular image of Jesus even if it's been stylized by different painters, and is why Jesus is portrayed the way he is with light skin, long brown hair, and not in possession of the facial hair one would consider typical of Hebrew men at the time. It's also why people who paint Jesus as being black, or as a very dark skinned arab, or whatever get such strong reactions. This is actually not a case where Jesus was "whitewashed", and his skin tone is in keeping with his alleged ethnicity. The Mandylion itself inspired many other pictures, and as a general rule if you wanted to have another image of Jesus accepted you'd have to find an older painting, that can also be tied to ancient records (basically it can be confirmed that there was a king, who actually did sent a Messenger to meet with Jesus). If you say were to produce a story of a meeting with Jesus that took place at the same time, and couldn't be reinforced, that would be considered heretical even if it was positive for the religion. Likewise if you were to find a picture of Jesus and say "he looked like this" if it was signifigantly difference unless you could disprove the Mandylion along with providing supporting evidence (as much as anything that old can be supported) reinforcing how someone met Jesus and created a specific image. Plenty of images of Jesus exist mind you, and some do contradict each other, the key element is for the producer to have a confirmed face to face meeting beforehand.
This lengthy ramble aside, the point is that while I can see the comparison, I don't see this as being a particularly good analogy. As a general rule the thing with Star Wars is entirely business driven, dealing with what is functionally a product. To let the EU stand it would greatly limit what could be done with the property at a time when Disney wants to build it into a massive franchise. Simply doing someone else's work isn't going to attract the creators and attention that doing things that are entirely new will. It also creates problems when you consider that EU writers in many cases did not themselves understand key elements of the mythology and why things happen the way they do.
The most interesting element of this entire mess is that this isn't the first time this has happened, George Lucas pretty much sold the rights to Star Wars at least twice before. Once to "Dark Horse Comics", and once to a young adult publisher who created their own sequel series different from the one that started with Zahn (with titles like "The Glove Of Darth Vader"). In both cases Lucas managed to get the rights back, and it was kind of controversial, as the whole value of the license was to the right to product canon material. Famously Dark Horse negotiated to have "Shadows Of The Empire" officially inserted into the continuity which was agreed on, but then pretty much ignored since Dark Horse didn't really have a leg to stand on once they lost the rights.
What's more the EU is a contradictory mess (just listen to people go on about Karen Traviss and her take on Mandalorians, I think that was her name at any rate), and furthermore using any of it raises a lot of questions about ownership and previous contracts. One has to ask whether a new company that wants to fully exploit the rights wants to give say Timothy Zahn a cut of the profits in order to use Mara Jade and/or Thrawn. Of course then there is the baggage as a lot of Thrawn's success came from the exploitation of force-negating animals, which is a concept I always thought was kind of messed up and am not sure if I'd want to see maintained in Star Wars myself especially seeing as it makes no sense conceptually given how the universe is supposed to work.
The big question of course is going to be whether the current rights holders get themselves sued down the road, as some of the existing EU contracts might very well specify that the writers were producing canon. An important point when you consider the value of their work is at stake. We probably won't know what's going to happen here until the first movie makes a truckload of money, as there has to be some profit for people to demand.
Trek is in a bad shape as well, because now we have "The Prime Universe" which is made up of the TV shows and most movies, up to Voyager ("Enterprise" and the movie "First Contact" could arguably be considered it's own universe, but is debatable. As a general rule this contradicts the history established by Roddenberry, as well as how specific races were presented), this is for most fans the "real" Star Trek. Then we have the "JJ Verse" which while entertaining is not accepted as canon by real fans, as entertaining as it might be, and despite the warped time travel premise, then of course we have the oftentimes contradictory mess of novels.
It should be noted that Viacom/Paramount has itself relegated JJ's stuff to an alternate universe despite the money being made in the short term. I know this because I'm a "Star Trek Online" player and it's been a big question for a while, why you haven't seen STO doing more promotions based on the movies and such. Especially seeing as it's doing pretty well for a FTP MMO. The bottom line is that Cryptic needs permission from the rights holders whenever they do anything (new ship, using something from an episode, etc...) and has had a few ideas shot down (like playable androids). Paramount/Viacom being very protective of the license despite how it might seen, and even something as crazily non-canon as a FTP MMO sees consideration in terms of what they will allow. They themselves seem to be taking a sort of "bank it and dump it" attitude towards "The JJ verse" and don't want much of it left around. The term "Prime Universe" apparently came from them, and simply put while Cryptic would have been glad to pay them to use things like that weird time craft with the spinning front Spock had, the new Klingon appearance as an alternate wardrobe option for KDF, etc... which would have been salable, apparently Viacom has pretty much said they want to keep that stuff segregated to it's own continuity even when it comes to an "everything but the Kitchen sink" MMO where you have Federation and Klingon captains freebooting around the galaxy in Voth ships. :)
The basic point here is that while things could change, Trek represents it's own special kind of mess, especially right now. A case where there is a divided fan base, and where the rights holders are happy to have the influx of money, but also understands they are creating quick cash in garbage that isn't going to continue to hold down the decades old license.
Also one big rumor (more so than looking at/listening to discussion based on reported business dealings) is that Viacom has already started throwing around ideas for a post-voyager Trek TV show. Apparently there was some discussion of getting Chris Pine to do a TV series based on the JJverse, and it was shot down, including him being told he wouldn't have a career in Star Trek other than what JJ does, which turned towards planning a new "Prime" universe show (which is the reported term they are using) and it's been commented that "Star Trek: Prime Universe" is allegedly an operating developmental title. Alleged (and probably false) leaks implying that it will attempt to tie everything into the TV continuity via the hook left at the end of "All Good Things" and reveal Enterprise, JJ verse, and some other things to be alternate realities, while focusing heavily on threats coming from The Mirror Universe and The Tholian Collective (who are transdimensional as well as space faring), it having been mentioned in TNG and DS-9 that there had already been a successful war against The Tholians, and in DS-9 particularly references were made to getting silk garments from their ambassador (making it clear there was apparently also a dialogue with what was otherwise a xenophobic and aggressively isolationist species). That could be cool, but right now it's probably just rumor, which I only give credit to because the term "Prime Universe" has been used officially and showing that Viacom is at least splitting the Trek IPs into catagories as opposed to trying to say "JJverse" is the result of a temporal distortion which invalidated everything that happened before, coming from the TNG crew travelling back in time during "First Contact" and altering history when that First Contact was with the Vulcans as opposed to the Alpha Centurians.... which was the original "WTF" continuitythey were trying to go with to have everything play well together.