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Censorship of Faithful Students at Our Colleges Must End

A Berkeley junior — a Christian — is still facing harassment and headaches because she won't go along with the leftist pack

A Christian student at the University of California, Berkeley, is still facing pressure to resign from the student senate because of her faith-driven decision to abstain from a vote about the definition of gender.

Isabella Chow, a junior at Berkeley, has become the face of Christian students who are dealing with increased opposition on America’s college campuses.

Enough is enough, says religion and culture expert and national radio host Dr. Alex McFarland.

How long, says McFarland, will we tolerate the censorship of students at American colleges?

As America’s college students prepare to finish up another semester, or as high school students search endlessly for the right college for them — and many are in the throes of it right this second — parents must be aware of the liberal indoctrination that is happening at too many universities across the country.

Just like Isabella Chow, conservative Christian students are being made to feel slighted, marginalized or even threatened for their views.

“If there was ever a time for the faithful to have a voice in our society, it is now,” McFarland said in a statement provided to LifeZette on Monday morning.

“The fact that our nation has become so hostile toward some beliefs is a sad commentary and a tragic consequence of a culture that touts tolerance — but really only believes in it when the views are ‘agreeable.’”

Each year McFarland speaks to tens of thousands of young people. He is also the author of “Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home” and the creator of the Truth for a New Generation apologetics conferences.

Berkeley, considered one of the nation’s top public universities, was once the quintessence of intellectual freedom. Now it’s leading academia’s decline with a ferocious insistence on identity politics and victimology.

The birthplace of the 1960s free speech movement, ironically, has morphed into a place of ideological conformity, as demonstrated by this recent petition demanding that Chow step down from her post for abstaining from voting for transgender rights last month due to her religious beliefs.

The Queer Alliance Resource Center (QARK) at the school asked the student senate to support a bill decrying the Trump administration for considering a legal definition of gender that would conform to a person’s sex at birth, according to reporting from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Chow’s traditional and binary worldview does not align with QARK’s — which is why she’s being derided and scorned by the Berkeley community.

“As a Christian, I personally do believe that certain acts and lifestyles conflict with what is good, right and true,” Chow said at a meeting last month.

“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 added.

At least 1,000 people have signed the petition against Chow as of last week.

“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’s a daughter of Malaysian-Cambodian immigrants and a junior double majoring in business administration and music.

“Being transgender and non-binary — being queer in any sense of the word — is not a lifestyle choice. We are trying to draw a solid line where there currently exists none,” reads a portion of the petition.

“How much hate and prejudiced action will we tolerate before we finally decide it’s too much? Normalizing acts of hate — even in the form of a pretty speech and a vote to abstain, and especially when it comes from an elected official whose role is to represent the whole of the UC Berkeley student body — will not be tolerated.”

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In other words, Chow is being labeled a hater for daring to hold a different opinion.

Still, the backlash continues.

“No matter how difficult this has been, if I don’t represent the Christian perspective — the minority perspective — there won’t be anyone to represent these views,” she told Fox News.

The Berkeley Political Review (BPR) announced recently it had terminated Chow’s membership “after anti-LGBTQ+ statements Chow made at a senate meeting October 31,” according to The Daily Californian, an independent student-run newspaper covering both the campus of Berkeley and the city itself.

Chow remains resolute.

“No matter how difficult this has been, if I don’t represent the Christian perspective — the minority perspective — there won’t be anyone to represent these views,” she told Fox News.