"Isabella Chow is a student senator at University of California—Berkeley. She’s been labeled as a “horrible person” and a “mental imbecile” by her peers. Hundreds are petitioning for her to resign from student government or be recalled. Her political party has cut all ties with her. Berkeley’s student newspaper happily published an editorial critical of Isabella—yet refused to publish her defense. Isabella is majoring in business administration and music—yet the school cancelled her piano recital, claiming that everyone was afraid of protesters showing up at the door. Isabella also shared with us that she tries to walk to class or other campus appointments with friends because of the protests against her.
Why? What did Isabella do that was so terrible to warrant such contempt from the entire Berkeley system?
She lovingly shared her faith.
At the behest of the Queer Alliance Resource Center, UC Berkeley’s 20-member student senate passed a Resolution condemning the Trump Administration for working to define “sex” in federal law as a person’s biological sex—which would fix the Obama Administration’s unlawful decision to define “sex” in the law as including “gender identity.” The Berkeley student senate believes the Trump Administration is “discriminating” against people who identify as transgender. On October 31, the Resolution passed with 18 yay votes, 1 absence, and 1 abstention.
The abstaining vote was cast by Isabella Chow.
As she cast her abstention, Isabella read a beautifully written statement sharing the love of Christ with everyone listening and the priceless value of each individual, particularly those in the LGBT community. Isabella poignantly condemned hate, bigotry, and bullies. At the same time, she stood firmly, yet compassionately, for truth saying, “I cannot vote for this bill without compromising my values. . . I believe that God created male and female at the beginning of time, and designed sex for marriage between one man and one woman.” She went on to say it was not love to silently concur with the choices of others that she believed with all her heart were harmful."