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Nov 13, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

Brave Christian Student Senator At UC-Berkeley Under Fire Over Belief That Gender Is Biological

Isabella Chow is an incredibly brave young conservative Christian studying at one of the University of California's most liberal campuses, Berkeley. After abstaining from a vote against President Donald Trump's recent bid to define gender as biological, not a choice, in Title IX law, Chow's convictions led the Student Action party to disown her and call for her resignation from the Student Senate.

"There's a Christian community and campus that has been praying for me and encouraging me throughout all this," Chow told Campus Reform in a recent interview. "And if I don't represent their views, who else will?"

"As a party, we are committed to ensuring that the rights and dignity of the Queer and Trans community on this campus are guaranteed. As a party, we are committed to establishing and defending access to reproductive health services," the party said in a statement.

"That is why we, as a party, have resolved to part ways with ASUC Senator Isabella Chow due to inconsistencies between her beliefs and the mission and the mission of Student Action. While we respect Senator Chow's leadership and community work, we cannot allow the actions of our elected officials what in our assessment is inviolable- reproductive health and wellness resources, legal protections for survivors of sexual violence, and community space for vulnerable members of our student body."

In a statement regarding her abstention from voting to oppose Title IX changes at the Oct. 31 ASUC Senate meeting, Chow stated that even though she believes that "God redeems and he uses all situations for the good of those who love Him", she could not vote against her conscience:

"That said, I cannot vote for this bill without compromising my values and my responsibility to the community that 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," she said.

"Where this bill crosses the line for me is that I am asked to promote a choice of identities that I do not agree to be right or best for an individual, and to promote certain organizations that uphold values contrary to those of my community," Chow continued. "After lengthy conversations with many of my community leaders and advisors, I have chosen to abstain from voting on these bills tonight."

"As a Christian, I believe that God redeems and he uses all situations for the good of those who love Him. There is so much happening, and even though it's been a really, really rough week for me, I know that God is working and I know that he is using this to strengthen the church, to awaken the church in a sense," Chow said in her Campus Reform interview.

"I want the church to be able to dialogue even more about where we stand on this theologically," the bold young woman added. "I think that it's time for the church to stop being silent. And it's time for the church to start speaking up, and to back our words with actions that really reflect the love and the truth of Jesus."



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