Wow, this woman is incredible. It's hard to imagine if many others would have the steel reserve and the conviction to stand against such an angry, threatening mob as Isabella Chow.
The Berkeley student recently abstained from voting on the university's proposed defiance to President Trump's Title IV change to gender definitions, especially pertaining to school funding. The change would define gender based on biological sex, a shift away from Obama's push to widen the definitions to include up to 72 different genders.
Berkeley, a progressive school, wanted to oppose Trump's gender definition and stand with the university's LGBT group. But Chow, a student senator, was the only one who chose not to vote Yes on the bill.
And she gave this statement as to why: “As a Christian, I personally do believe that certain acts and lifestyles conflict with what is good, right and true,” Chow said. “I believe that God created male and female at the beginning of time, and designed sex for marriage between one man and one woman. For me, to love another person does not mean that I silently concur when, at the bottom of my heart, I do not believe that your choices are right or the best for you as an individual.”
Wow. Whether Chow knew or not that her stance would cost her almost everything at her school, we don't know. But we do know that she is standing by her convictions with incredible tenacity.
Nearly the entire student body at Berkeley has risen up to oppose Chow and demand her resignation. She is being called a "horrible person" and a "mental imbecile" because of her stand for the Bible.
In fact, at a public hearing to remove her from office, only 3 students in the entire school stood with Chow. Everyone else stood against her, many clad in rainbow attire, calling her a bigot and likening her actions to religious stoning.
“I am Christian. I am queer. And I am ‘good, right and true,’” a student named Miranda said, shares the San Francisco Chronicle. “And I demand Senator Chow to resign!”
Berkeley's own newspaper even ran a story on the controversy and refused to include any defense statements from Chow, saying her previous statement was already heard “which utilized rhetoric that is homophobic and transphobic by the Daily Cal’s standards.” One of the 3 students who stood for Chow, Matt Ronnau, said the “mob that has descended upon Senator Chow ... is a disgrace to UC, which should be a place of debate.”
Chow says that everywhere she goes now, people look at her in disdain. “I go to classes, and people are looking at me. I’ve been painted in such a negative light. Everybody’s talking about it. No matter how much I tried to say, ‘I can love you and still disagree with you,’ people still interpret my disagreement with being a bigot and a hater,” she shared.
Nevertheless, Chow refuses to resign. “No, I’m not planning to resign,” Chow said. “Because if I do, there will be no one else to represent the voices that are ignored and misunderstood on campus.”
Though incredibly alone on campus, Chow credits the show of support from Christians around the country for keeping her spirits up. How do you feel about Chow's stand? If you support her, drop her a note in the comments! Thank you!