George Takei – the Star Trek star, blogger and activist — has started a Care2 petition to gather support for the Muslim community and oppose any policy from the upcoming Trump administration targeting people based on their religion or national origin. Mr. Takei has taken the policy personally for as a young boy he and his family were forced from their home in Los Angeles and moved into a Japanese internment camp during World War II.
As Takei writes: “We were prisoners in our own country, held within barbed-wire compounds, armed guards pointing guns down at us. It was an egregious violation of our rights under the U.S. Constitution, all in the name of ‘security.’… I have spent my life trying to ensure something like this never happens again. But dark clouds once more are gathering. A Trump spokesperson recently stated the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II ‘sets a precedent’ for Trump to do the same today. And Trump continues to stand by his plans to establish a Muslim registry and ban immigrants from ‘certain’ Muslim countries from the U.S. It starts with a registry, with restrictions, with irrationally ascribed guilt, and with fear. But we know well where it might lead.”
So far, the petition has 48,000 supporters… and counting.