January 17, 2019
U.C. Berkeley supposedly started the Free Speech Movement in 1964, but that would probably be shocking news to Christians today. There aren't many campuses more hostile to diverse viewpoints than the California school who allowed students to spend weeks harassing and persecuting one of its student senators, Isabella Chow.
Two months ago, it was a pretty dark time for Isabella. She'd just decided to abstain from a pro-transgender vote because of her Christian faith, becoming an object of liberal scorn almost overnight. Her peers plastered signs across campus calling on her to resign, her political party abandoned her, and she was forced to sit through a three-hour protest of her personal values at the next student government meeting. "Her parents, also present at the meeting, struggled to watch their daughter being publicly attacked. Chow didn't want her parents to see her distress, so she waited until they left before sitting with a friend to cry."
As she told me on "Washington Watch," if she hadn't had the support and prayers of so many Christians across the country, she might have caved on day one. But she didn't, and this past week, at a special luncheon of the Values Advocacy Council in San Jose, President Neil Mammen presented Isabella with a special certificate representing the 17,000 signatures FRC gathered in her support. She was surprised and grateful for the gesture and said she has no intention of backing down.
"If no one represents the truth, then who will?" she said. "If I was elected to be a voice for such a time as this, the light doesn't stop shining when the darkness gets darker, the voice doesn't stop speaking when it's being shut down. This is not a time to back down. It's a time to continue shining the light of Christ in all love, all grace, all humility."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.