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

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.
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.

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, or with RNS-BIALIK-RELIGION, originally transmitted on August 26, 2015.

Emmy-winning actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik isn’t afraid to speak out about her sometimes-unconventional social views, from writing a book about attachment parenting to criticizing hyper-sexualized celebrities in a recent essay.

Now, she’s talking candidly about religion in entertainment, claiming that “it’s never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles” in an interview with FOX411.

“There are people I know of faith and we tend to congregate together,” she said, describing how she interacts with her Jewish faith in a less-than-welcoming environment. “I study Jewish texts weekly. That’s something really positive to me when you’re a person of faith, it stays with you all the time.”

The actress also described the negative social media buzz she received after visiting a friend in the Israeli army.

“That’s what’s amazing…simply by going to Israel this summer and saying nothing more than, ‘I’ve gone to Israel,’ I got the same amount of hatred and threats and anti-Semitism for actually making a statement trying to support people whether I like it or not are serving in an army.”

Bialik spoke to Fox News to promote her new lifestyle site, GrokNation, which publishes articles about faith, parenting, politics and current events for readers “from different faith communities and political perspectives and with varying interests, concerns and passions.”

“This is not like other celebrity websites,” she said, comparing it to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.

(Maeve McDermott writes for USA Today.)

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  • 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]

  • 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

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • 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.

  • ” 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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