Mayim Bialik: Religion isn’t ‘trendy’ in Hollywood

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Actress Mayim Bialik poses at the 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on June 19, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
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Actress Mayim Bialik poses at the 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on June 19, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Danny Moloshok *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SALKIN-COLUMN, originally transmitted on February 10, 2015.*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SALKIN-COLUMN, originally transmitted on February 10, 2015.

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"It's never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles," said the Emmy-winning actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik.

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  • Larry

    I guess there were no questions about being an anti-vaxxer in a state which has come down harshly on such things. [She had to vaccinate her children over personal objections as a precondition to being able to bring them to Israel]

  • Dominic

    Finally, an intelligent star in Hollywood. All of them usually speak in unison on all issues, mostly because they are either stupid or afraid of not getting another gig. If Faith became fashionable you’d see a host of stars speaking like Billy Graham or Aimee Simple McPherson. Congrats, Mayim!

  • Hollywood needs more voices like hers.. There are very, very few people there who would be considered good role models. Hollywood is very hostile to people of faith. That is really sad. They have such potential to use their skills to make awesome biblical movies, or movies of faith but it rarely happens. They need the Lord like the rest of us do. They need to turn to Him and ask for forgiveness of sins and direction in life. We see broken marriages, drug addiction, celebrity rehab and on and on it goes. They need the Lord. Receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and turn away from sin, then you will know God’s peace and blessing and direction in life. God Bless

  • The Great God Pan

    Dr. Bialik is an anti-vaxxer attachment parent who doesn’t believe in teaching her children to say “please” and “thank you,” so it’s no surprise that our resident right-wing Christians find her to be a role model. Kookiness makes for strange bedfellows.

    Is Dr. Bialik the one who chews up her kids’ food and spits it into their mouths, or is that her fellow Hollywood attachment parent Alicia Silverstone? Can’t wait for the “Mommy Dearest”-style tell-all memoirs from their kids in about 25 years.

  • Larry

    “Can’t wait for the “Mommy Dearest”-style tell-all memoirs from their kids in about 25 years.”

    They are going to be silly. At least the older generations of Hollywood children tell-alls had stories of wild parties, serial adultery, drug use and the occasional hushed up homicide. Michael Douglas and Angelica Huston probably still have tons of stories which would curl your toes.

  • Diogenes

    If what you aver is true, it is odd that any parent would eschew teaching their children to make a request with “Please,” and respond with “Thank you.” But such an instance has no relevance to “right-wing” Christians. All the Christians, of any stripe, in my acquaintance insist upon proper manners and accountability from their children.

  • Larry

    ” All the Christians, of any stripe, in my acquaintance insist upon proper manners and accountability from their children.”

    From what I hear, it is usually enforced through controlled bursts of violent and abusive behavior. Its why so many child molesters like assuming religious authority and love ultra-conservative/reactionary sects. You have a pool of potential victims who are used to deferring to arbitrary authority figures and not speaking up when abused.

  • Diogenes

    And what is your 1st hand witness of such claims? Few Christians of my acquaintance have ever been accused of the abuse you describe; certainly fewer on a percentage basis than exist in the general population. But this is only a personal account. While I respect your intellect and right to POV, I suspect your personal familiarity with the texts of the bible and the people who embrace it is quite limited.

  • Diogenes

    Your observations sound suspiciously 2nd hand. Little of what you describe has ever occurred among the Christians of my acquaintance. Certainly less so on a percentage basis than the general population. While I respect your intellect and right to a POV, your familiarity with the bible and the people who embrace it with genuine and humble sincerity seems quite limited.

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