Wheaton College Suspends Hijab-Wearing Professor Who Declared ‘We All Worship Same God’

Hawkins-compressed (1)WHEATON, Ill. — A prominent Christian-identified university in Illinois has suspended an associate political science director after she posted photos of herself wearing an Islamic hijab this past week, stating that she was doing so to show solidarity with Muslims.

“Wheaton College faculty and staff make a commitment to accept and model our institution’s faith foundations with integrity, compassion, and theological clarity,” the college said in a statement on Tuesday. “As they participate in various causes, it is essential that faculty and staff engage in and speak about public issues in ways that faithfully represent the college’s evangelical Statement of Faith.”

As previously reported, Larycia Hawkins posted to Facebook two photos of herself wearing a hijab on Thursday, and stated in a lengthy explanation that she plans to wear it everywhere she goes during the Advent—including at the Christian college and to church.

“I stand in human solidarity with my Muslim neighbor because we are formed of the same primordial clay, descendants of the same cradle of humankind—a cave in Sterkfontein, South Africa that I had the privilege to descend into to plumb the depths of our common humanity in 2014,” Hawkins wrote.

She said that not only does she have a common ancestry with Muslims, but that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins asserted. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”

Hawkins said that wearing the hijab is part of her Christmas worship, and that she is seeking to combat what she perceives to be “Islamophobia” in society.

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“As part of my Advent worship, I will wear the hijab to work at Wheaton College, to play in Chi-town, in the airport and on the airplane to my home state that initiated one of the first anti-Sharia laws (read: unconstitutional and Islamophobic), and at church,” she wrote.

The professor stated that her wish for the season would be to see a “large-scale movement” of women wearing hijabs in solidarity with Muslims, noting that she even obtained approval from the Council on American-Islamic relations.

Hawkins’ post quickly drew controversy, with some supporting her mission and others expressing concern. Now, Wheaton College officials have suspended the professor while conducting a review on the teacher.

“In response to significant questions regarding the theological implications of statements that Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Larycia Hawkins has made about the relationship of Christianity to Islam, Wheaton College has placed her on administrative leave, pending the full review to which she is entitled as a tenured faculty member,” it said on Tuesday.

The school had noted in a recent statement advising students and faculty to treat Muslims in “loving and respectful ways” that it believes that there are “fundamental differences” between Islam and Christianity.

“While Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic, we believe there are fundamental differences between the two faiths, including what they teach about God’s revelation to humanity, the nature of God, the path to salvation, and the life of prayer,” it said.

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  • Frank

    Wow a college that claims to be Christian actually taking a stance for Jesus. Although it remains to be seen if beyond this they will continue to do so. And if other policies of theirs reflect Jesus.

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  • The Last Trump

    Say, why do you suppose a follower of Islam would feel the need to work at a Christian college?
    Uh huh.

    • bowie1

      From the article I gather she is supposedly a Christian and attends church, but of course her theology of Islam is obviously wrong.

    • acontraryview

      She’s not a Muslim. She is Christian. You may find it beneficial to read the article before commenting.

      • Jean Adams

        No Christian would state they came from a primordial soup, or from Africa, or that Christians and Muslims worship the same God! She is not a Christian no matter how much she thinks she is.

        • acontraryview

          “No Christian would state they came from a primordial soup”

          Where did she say that she was from a ‘primordial soup”?

          “or from Africa”

          Actually, Jean, there are a lot of Christians who are from Africa.

          “She is not a Christian no matter how much she thinks she is.”

          I thought that was a issue between the person and God. Apparently, though, you have been given the authority to determine who is a Christian and who is not. Quite a promotion, Jean. So where did you get the authority to decide who is a Christian and who is not?

          • Bill Scudder

            The scriptures gives us the right to judge who is a Christian aContraryview.
            Muslims do not believe Jesus is the son of God.

  • 3dmike

    This dumbas_ has no respect for our American Culture.

    She needs to be deported immediately !

    • thebobe

      This has nothing to do with that or that she wore a scarf. It has everything to do with she doesn’t understand Christianity and she is teaching at a Christian college. If she spouted that at a public college, no one would care as she would simply be spouting ignorant drivel. But the college expects its professors to have at least an understanding of Christianity in addition to the subject matter she it supposed to be teaching.

  • Josey

    Seems to me she is attempting to teach that Christ and Allah are the same, guess she doesn’t read her bible.

    John 10:7-9 vs 7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

    Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

  • Ignorance, willful ignorance.

  • bowie1

    Some months ago a young Christian lady was visiting our church with a friend who was a sister of one of our members and she wore something similar to this. Perhaps she grew up in an area where Christian women wore this type of clothing so as not to attract attention. But of course they believe in Jesus Christ and not Muhammad.

  • Fallenman4Jesus

    allah is not Jehovah, plain and simple. 1John2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

  • acontraryview

    I’m looking forward to reading comments from those who advocate so strongly for freedom of speech and the right to express religious beliefs in any way one cares to, supporting this woman’s choice and condemning the College’s attempts to stifle her religious expression.

    • Jean Adams

      She has expressed her religious beliefs, she is neither a muslim or Christian.

      • acontraryview

        What hubris! How is it that you have the authority to determine who is a Christian and who is not? Did God appoint you to that position?

    • Fallenman4Jesus

      If she is a Christian, then she is a poorly educated-in-the-Bible one, claiming that allah and Jehovah are the same? This is a Christian college, and if they want to get rid of her because her beliefs don’t align with theirs, then kudos – a little leaven leaveneth the whole loaf. Move on lady.

      • acontraryview

        So are you saying that there is more than one God? Or are you saying that because you have chosen to believe the Biblical version of God that no other possibilities exist?

        • Fallenman4Jesus

          One God. Made known in the Bible. No other possibilities.

          • acontraryview

            So you are saying that because you have chosen to believe in the God of the Bible, that there are no other possibilities.

            What is your basis for saying that the Bible is definitively the only truth?

  • desert nudist

    I agree with her that Muslims are people of the book because they follow what their book says:

    Mohammed is Allah’s apostle. Those who follow him are harsh to the unbelievers but merciful to one another” Quran 48:29
    Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. – 2:216
    Make war on them until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion reigns supreme – 8:39
    But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever you find them. – 4:89
    Whether unarmed or well-equipped, march on and fight for the cause of Allah, with your wealth and your persons. – 9:41
    When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds, then set them free,
    either by grace or ransom, until the war lays down its burdens. – 47:4
    O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of
    each other. Those of you who make them his friends is one of them. God
    does not guide an unjust people. – 5:54
    Let those fight in the cause of God who sell the life of this world for the
    hereafter. To him who fights in the cause of God, whether he is slain
    or victorious, soon we shall give him a great reward. – Surah 4:74
    O Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites. Be harsh with
    them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey’s end. – 9:73

    Jihad Report November, 2015
    Jihad Attacks: 169
    Countries: 30
    Allah Akbars: 34
    Dead Bodies: 1455
    Critically Injured: 1706