Let’s take a closer look at how the LGBT community at Berkeley UC has been treating student senator Isabella Chow.
It all began “when the Queer Alliance Resource Center asked the student Senate to pass a bill condemning the Trump administration for considering a legal definition of gender that would require it to match a person’s sex at birth.”
It’s probably safe to assume that QARC is an student activist group. The student activists wanted the student Senate to cast some symbolic vote in support of the activists’ ideology. When the vote was taken, 18 (of 20) students voted to support the activists’ ideology and one student, Isabella Chow, abstained (the other called in sick). Chow must have sensed (correctly so) that a mere abstention was going to make her a target of vindictive spite, so she prepared a short statement explaining her reasons. The statement can be found in its entirety on her FB page: https://www.facebook.com/isabellapchow
Her statement is polite, where she basically explains that because of her identity as a Christian, she could not, in good conscience, vote in favor of the senate bill.
Note the response from the LGBT community and its allies (as reported here). Don’t quickly pass over it; let each one sink in.
- more than 1,000 people have signed a petition demanding that she resign from student government
- Hundreds packed a Senate meeting Wednesday night to berate her for her views while she had to sit below a racist banner that read, “Senator Chow Resign Now.”
- On social media, students labeled her a “horrible person” and a “mental imbecile.”
Here are some others:
isabella chow is a whole ass demon lol quote me
— miki minach (@sp0radical) November 6, 2018
Lol I haven’t been posting on Facebook often at all this semester… but I finally broke my silence on Isabella chow’s bigot ass … and it feels so… good….
— Marlboro Man™
️ (@tom___nook) November 6, 2018
- Her campus political party severed ties with her.
- And the Daily Californian, UC Berkeley’s storied student newspaper, ran an editorial critical of her statements
- and refused to publish her written defense and characterized it as ” homophobic and transphobic.”
There are two things we can learn from this massive, frenzied response.
- This reaction tends to invalidate the 18-0 senate vote as it clearly suggests it was not truly a “free vote.” In other words, it is possible that several of the 18 students who voted in favor of the transgender agenda did so only to escape the type of repercussions Chow is now experiencing. We simply cannot rule that out. Keep in mind that the vote was merely symbolic, meaning that for some, it might have been better to cast a meaningless “yes” vote than deal with all the attacks that would come from a mere abstention
- The second point is more important. The reaction itself demonstrates that the LGBT crowd, and their allies, occupy the positions of power at UC Berkeley. This is undeniable. To mobilize such large crowds to condemn and berate one young lady, to so quickly gather over a thousand signatures to bully her into resigning, to get all the students groups she previously was involved with to immediately break their association with her, to censor her from student publications when trying to defend herself, all on top of an 18-0 vote from the student Senate, demonstrates power, raw power.
This reaction is essentially the LGBT crowd, and its allies, flexing their muscles, showing off their power, all while trying to posture as marginalized minorities who are being oppressed by this one female student senator.
In reality, according to the evidence, Chow is the one who is the marginalized minority. After all, can anyone seriously imagine the reverse happening on the campus?The student Senate voting 18-0 with Chow? And can anyone seriously imagine 100s of students berating the one LGBT senator who voted against the 18 who voted with Chow? Of course not. That’s a fantasy. The reality again is this:
more than 1,000 people have signed a petition demanding the Christian resign from student government
Hundreds packed a Senate meeting Wednesday night to berate the Christian for her religious views
Her campus political party severed ties with her because of her Christian views.
And the Daily Californian, UC Berkeley’s storied student newspaper, ran an editorial critical of her Christian statements
and refused to publish her written defense and characterized her Christianity as ” homophobic and transphobic.”
The evidence clearly establishes that the LGBT community, and its allies, possess great power on Berkeley UC. We should explore next how they use their power. For it defines them.