A Christian, UC Berkely student senator, is under pressure to resign after abstaining from voting on a recent resolution opposing title IX changes proposed by the Trump administration. This would include defining gender as a biological, immutable condition that would be determined by the genitals a person is born with. Any disputes would be clarified using genetic testing.
Isabella Chow explained in a statement why she could not vote on the resolution due to her Christian beliefs.
“My God is one who assigns immeasurable value to and desires to love each and every human being. In God’s eyes and therefore my own, everyone of you here today and in the LGBTQ+ community as a whole is significant, valid, wanted, and loved — even if and when our views differ. That said, I cannot vote for this bill without compromising my values and my responsibility to the community they elected me to represent them. As a Christian, I personally do believe that certain acts and lifestyles conflict with what is good, right, and true. 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.”
Student Action, the party to which Chow belonged immediately distanced themselves from her statement, saying that there were “inconsistencies between her beliefs” and the party. Meanwhile, student senator Teddy Lake, who introduced the resolution that started it all, was quick to blast his colleague.
“Tonight was a harrowing reminder of the kind of bigotry that persists in contemporary society and, more specifically, sits across from me on the Senate floor,” Lake wrote.
“Chow eventually approached @dailycal asking if the publication would run either a statement or an op-ed by her. The Daily refused to publish either.”https://t.co/L3hCAzsBd6#MediaBias #ReligiousFreedom
— The College Fix (@CollegeFix) November 12, 2018
Chow so far is holding strong, even while under intense pressure from LGBT groups, students, a newspaper and of course, the obligatory hatred spewed by twitter. Chow told the College Fix that she refused to resign, despite the hostility.