17 November 2016

I'll Wear a Yellow Star

One of the many threats of the 2016 Presidential campaign that may be moving a step closer to reality is the odious specter of a Muslim registry.  Stoking these fears in an openly offensive and traumatizing way for millions of Muslim citizens and refugees, Trump backer Carl Higbie, in conversation with Megyn Kelly, that Japanese internment camps during World War Two serve as "precedent" for Trump's proposed Muslim registry.

This echoes, for the second day in a row, Kansas Secretary of State and Trump Transition Team member Kris Kobach's proposed Muslim registry.

As a Jew and an American, I find this proposal to be undemocratic and lacking any semblance of decency.  The idea of registering a specific group on religious terms flies in the face of the U.S. Constitution, which, since its ratification, has stated clearly, in the First Amendment, that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Forced registration of one specific religion (and likely forcing the registration of ANY religion) would be a direct violation Americans' constitutional rights.

Therefore, I declare here:  

I will fight this idea with all my strength; I will ally myself with people of good conscience from all backgrounds to defeat its passage; and should we lose this righteous battle, I hereby pledge to wear a Yellow Star, stitched on to my clothing, to publicly mark my Jewish identity.  If the racist policies of the past are to be revived by this historically disastrous new administration, then let good people stand with those being singled out wrongly and let us all stand as "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

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