As a result of Donald Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigration, Jewish actress Mayim Bialik, along with Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, said they would register as Muslims if President Donald Trump actually creates a registry of Muslim Americans. Mayim has historically been outspoken about her beliefs, and her disapproval of Trump, but it’s surprising (although necessary) that Albright is also following this lead.
Albright cited her Jewish ancestry as the reason why she is standing up for Muslim Americans on Twitter .
I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity.
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) January 25, 2017
Albright’s parents converted from Judaism to Catholicism in 1941 after their native Czechoslavakia fell apart at the hands of Hitler, which led the family to migrate to the U.S. in 1940.
The proposed temporary ban on refugees focuses on people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia. During his presidential campaign, Trump wasn’t quiet about the fact that he was keen on registering Muslim Americans in a database–which is clearly not OK at all and seems eerily similar to what happened during the Holocaust. Others see this obvious connection–Melanie Nezer, vice president of the Jewish refugee resettlement organization HIAS, stated during a conference call with the Refugee Council USA earlier today:
“Tomorrow is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. How tragic would it be if tomorrow is the day that our president decides to close the door on refugees?”
Meanwhile, Mayim had a few key words to say of her own on Twitter:
I’m Jewish. I stand ready to register as a Muslim in #solidarity if it comes to that.
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) January 25, 2017
She’s definitely not the only one either–Gloria Steinem told the crowd at the Women’s March on Washington that if Trump forces Muslims to register themselves, “we will all register as Muslims.” I’m glad that so many people in public positions are speaking up not just for themselves, but for those whom Trump is marginalizing.