Isabella Chow is a student at University of California, Berkley. She serves on the Associated Students University of California, the university’s undergraduate student government. Recently, the student government voted on resolutions which condemned Trump Administration policies regarding Title IX and recognition of transgenderism. One consideration of the Trump Administration is not recognizing a person’s preferred gender if it is contrary to the sex with which they were born. Chow is a Christian and does not support the resolution. Instead of voting against the resolution, she decided to abstain. She later elaborated on her decision.
Her choice has not been well received.
There are a few things to keep in mind: the resolution is pointless. No one cares what a college student government thinks. (Really, does anyone care about resolutions that affirm or decry something that come from actual sovereign nations?)
Second thing: Chow didn’t even vote against the resolution! She abstained.
Third, regardless of how she voted, or what she said, there was overwhelming agreement from the Cal student government to accept the resolution. But we see how radical these students are. It doesn’t matter that the resolution passes, everyone better be in lockstep with it. One op-ed talked about how her abstention was further indiction that Cal Berkley isn’t a safe space for the LGBT community.
Cal Berkley isn’t a safe space?
A school that is as liberal as liberal can be.
Cal Berkley isn’t a safe space for Christians who stand up for their values.
What’s the point of trying to do anything democratically? Just force people to comply and punish them if they don’t.
Where is the tolerance? She has an opinion that millions of Americans share. But many (not all) who support the LGBT movement have no interest in an honest conversation. If you don’t fully affirm and endorse the movement, you’re a bigot.
According to articles from the San Fransisco Chronicle and the Daily Californian, there were hundreds of protesters last week in regards to comments Chow had made at the October 31 meeting. Hundreds. Do people have lives? They’re protesting comments a college undergraduate made regarding a pointless student government resolution that she didn’t even vote against?
The resolution calling for Chow’s resignation from the Cal Queer Alliance and Resource Center states: “Chow’s actions in Senate are harmful and cannot be normalized; we cannot tell trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer folks that they are wrong for their authentic selves,”
So she must be stopped because she doesn’t want people to be their authentic selves. However this group has no problem saying that Chow should be punished for being authentic to herself and her values?
Values that most of the country shares!
So far, Chow hasn’t resigned.
The bigots are those who cannot hear another opinion. Those who are hateful are the people who want to harass and harangue miss Chow for having the audacity to hold to convictions and have a traditional view of marriage.
How fast a society can shift. The belief that transgenderism is unnatural and immoral was widely held until the last few years. And now, for a person who hasn’t just totally shifted their values, they’re a monster. That’s where the public discourse has come.
It takes courage to stand up against all of that. To not back down, to not resign. As people, we like to be liked. We want people to think well of us. It’s really hard to stand up for something and cut against the grain of that.
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Josh Benner is the associate pastor at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He enjoys writing about faith and culture. His hobbies include working out, watching sports, and photography. Josh and his wife Kari live in Minnesota.